A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012
1-3 June 2012
Probably, the most influence taking happened, however, during the artists’ talks and presentations on 1, 2 and 3 June, since there was such an substantial exchange, deep and far reaching discussion about how memory can be transported to the future via art, that all participants were surprised what actually was happening in this rather intimate circle of the project interventions. Each attending artist had sufficient time to present his/her work participating in Shoah Film Collection and talk about the motivations and goals to deal with Shoah as an artistic topic. The atmosphere of these talks and discussion was really unique and cannot described in words or visuals, and it became clear, this event in Riga could represent just a starting point of something really new in the discussions around how art can be a medium for dealing with the collective traumas of mankind.
A special site related intervention took place, when Doron Polak and Eitan Vitkon were realising during the morning of 2 June 2012 their particular contribution to A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012 at the memorial site of Rumbula forest (near Riga), the filmic and photographic shooting of Doron Polak’s tribute to his fathers roots in Riga which was including the attending artists in person, a symbolical action of an intense artistic power.
Interventions @ Rumbula Forest
1. Agricola de Cologne, Doris Neidl, Cristiano Berti
2. Doron Polak, Eitan Vitkon, Felice Hapetzeder
3. Jay Needham, Shelley Jordon, Ben Neufeld