Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | The Other - Buried Sites of Memory

Title:
The Other - Buried Sites of Memory
Author:
Inga Fonar Cocos: Professional Artist
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
044
Pages:
429-435
No. of pages:
7
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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How memories of the past influence the present? How persons in today’s Israeli society; migrants from Europe; conceive their personal identity between two homelands? What happens on the ’internal’ migration route – what a person chooses to adopt in that process; and what is buried under layers of oblivion.

What can a black wax tablet; titled The Other; (size: 25 X 105 X 3.5 cm) mounted on the wall – sitting on a Plexiglas support; similar to an archaeological find; tell us? Could it be a piece found from the future? Is it a piece from the past?

A line of written letters – created by pins inserted into the wax tablet– appears partially covered by what may look like a volcanic eruption. The sentence inserted in the tablet is a free-extension of the notion The Invisible by Merleau-Ponty. Does it give a clue to the find? What are the pixels created by the pins; what do they tell?

Is the image in a phase of appearance/emergence – a discovery of a new reality/culture/memory or is it sinking; disappearing?

The motivation in this work; as well as in two of my video works discussed; is to reveal what is already present but may be obscured and thus to illuminate the linkage between memory; history and processes of migration.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Inga Fonar Cocos
Title:
The Other - Buried Sites of Memory
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Inga Fonar Cocos
Title:
The Other - Buried Sites of Memory
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