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Authors:Inga Fonar Cocos: Professional Artist
Publication title:The Other - Buried Sites of Memory
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:044
Abstract: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.

No. of pages:7
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Inga Fonar Cocos (2011). The Other - Buried Sites of Memory, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011;article=044 (accessed 9/16/2014)