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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 12/1/2015)