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[rohrpost] A Virtual Memorial Newsletter 08-2001

A Newsletter
*Edition A Virtual Memorial 08-2001* Part 1
A Virtual Memorial
Memorial project against the Forgetting and for Humanity

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Table of Contents:
The Editor's Note
The Month August 2001
is dedicated to
Ignatz Bubis,
the late President of Central Jewish Council of Germany
died 13 August 1999

A Virtual Memorial Participates
in "File - Electronic Language Festival"
Sao Paolo (Brazil)

Digital works with R 2001
at Cerveira Biennale 2001 (Portugal)
25-27 August 2001
The Editor's Note

Dear friends,

The subject of the month August/July  is entitled:
"Identity - between dogma and experiment"

Selected Memorial Days in August

    01 August 1975    Signing of CSCE Treaty Helsinki
                                 later OSCE at Budapest
    09 August 2001     International Day of the World's Indigenous People

The Features of the Month are monthly changing
collections of multimedia works and links which form in the
totality of the composition an artwork of theirown
to be created on a webpage of theirown
within the Memorial project.

Roots 1  Graffiti: Field of Identity
Roots 2  Gender Identity
Roots 3  Subjective Identity
Roots 4  Objective Identity
Roots 5  Loss of Identity
Roots 6  Identity of Art
Roots 7  Multiple Identity

About subject:
"During the summer months July and August,
the "Subject of the Month " is entitled:
"Identity - between dogma and experiment".

Identity belongs unseparable to the human existance.
Identity determines how the individual  sees itself
and on the other hand, how others perceive the individual.
Each individual is born into a certain environment
which creates further characteristics for identification:
belonging to a certain culture, its language, history,
religion, characteristics an individual identifies itself or
other identify him with.
Further, certain features of the human body and character,
behaviour or patterns of behaviour have some influence on
how people perceive each other .

In the sense of a state administration,
a stateless person has no identity and
will not accept him as citizen. An unemployed person
has lost parts of his identity, because he is excluded from areas,
which determined once his life and survival.
The Alzheim patient looses his identity because
he looses characteristics serving for identification
against himself and others. One speeks of a identity crisis
in case somebody is not able to adjust himself
to changed internal and external situations,
in case the raster of identification changed and
previous catagorization does not work any longer.
An artist gives himself a new identity by choosing
an artist's name which gives his identity new characteristics.
"Corporate identity" means, a company creates its image
through certain characteristics, for example, a logo,
a certain kind of advertising or marketing, a customer
identifies products of the company with. ...etc

The main project within the "Features" is entitled:
"Graffiti - Fields of Identity ". The actual global cultural
and controversy phenomenon "graffiti" , featured in this project,
shows that three characteristics mark graffiti in general:
communication, identity and submission of an individual
to a higher purpose, i.e. acting anonymously  within a community.
As a phenomenon, "graffiti" has its roots
in the early human civilizations. Its meaning and
form of expression changed from a tribe specific,
cultic or secret society related one ( also propaganda paroles
and anonymous spray actions belong to that)
to a rather domesticated form which can be found
in contemporary art as well as in the Hip Hop Culture of the youth,
and  further to complete commercialisation of
graffiti which is bereft of any content,
participating artists are:
Greg Giannis, Kate Naylor, Virgil Tolan, Tracey Benson, Tatjana Vujinovic
Ante Kustre, Ana Rebic, Emile Zile, Suela Muca, Antonio Sassu, Samaar
Makaron, David Matorin, Javier Michalski, Johannes Hoegl, Eric Deis
Michael Staats, Agricola de Cologne and others

Coming closer to a lot of areas of life, one will find
certainly a variety of other aspects of identity,
which complet the image of one's-own or the living  environment.

Best for today,

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Editor in Chief

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