News Archive: Features
The second article in a series of reports from a trip to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy and its surroundings that was made by the author in August 2009.
In early 2008 I was invited by the curators Marika Wachtmeister and Elna Svenle to present the Polynational War Memorial
at Wanås Art
, which is located on the estate of Wanås Castle in Southern Sweden. This cooperation resulted in the first full scale experiment of the Polynational War Memorial being created for the park of the estate. The video presented in connection with the article documents the process of creating this work.
The first in a series of reports from a trip to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy and its surroundings that was made by the author in August 2009 describing a visit to Le Mémorial or Musée Mémorial de la Paix (the Memorial Museum for Peace).
The Swedish artist Jon Brunberg is planning a series of monuments commemorating all humans killed in wars since May 1945.
We live in an era of memorial inflation. In my hometown of London there seems to be a solemn dedication of some kind every other month, often for events and wars long past. Elsewhere, the huge and expensive memorial to the September 11th terrorist attacks is in the final stages of design, dwarfing in size and certainly cost any previous memorial, even those for world wars.
A report from the workshop "Dossin-Mechelen: Rethinking the future of symbolic places" in Mechelen, Belgium March 13-18 2007.
Den 13-18 mars arrangerades en workshop med titeln "Dossin-Mechelen: Thinking the future of symbolic places" i den Belgiska staden Mechelen. Workshopen samlade 140 magisterstudenter från hela Europa och jag var inbjuden som föreläsare och handledare för en studentgrupp. 25000 Holländska och Belgiska judar deporterades av Nazisterna från Mechelen under andra världskriget och nu planerar staden att anlägga en minnesplats för att hedra offren. En rapport från workshopen finns nu att läsa på webbplatsen.
OBRA ARCHITECTS was founded by Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee in New York in 2000. The firm has completed many projects including the San Jose Veterans Memorial. In 2003 they were elected one of three winners in the competition for the Freedom Park memorial and museum complex at Salvokop Hill in Pretoria, South Africa. This museum and memorial complex will become South Africa´s main post-colonial monument, which will function as a commemorative site for the struggle against apartheid and a symbol for the new South African nation. It will also be a site for gatherings and religious cleansing ceremonies for the country´s many ethnical groups. In this interview, which was made by e-mail in October 2005, Pablo Castro explains the concept behind OBRA´s proposal and their view on the emotional aspects and the complex issue of remembrance that are immanent in the process of designing memorials relating to conflict.
One month before the much-debated Holocaust Memorial was due to open, the site was still in chaos. Berlin has a history of not finishing projects on time, and Eisenman’s Memorial looked like being yet another casualty. Workmen sat about looking exhausted while tourists peered curiously through the construction fence.
The exhibition and memorial "Eyes Wide Open" in the USA and the name reading ceremony "Naming the Dead" in the UK are successfully creating new ways of honouring the killed in a conflict, in this case the war in Iraq, which includes soldiers and civilians regardless of nationality.
An interview with John Sloboda, who founded the Iraq Body Count project together with Hamit Dardagan, about the internet-based project that for a long time was the only available source in the West about killed civilians in the war in Iraq.
Utställningen och minnesmonumentet "Eyes Wide Open" i USA och namnläsningsceremonin "Naming the Dead" i Storbritannien visar på ett nytt sätt att hedra dödade i en konflikt, i detta fall kriget i Irak, där både soldater och civila av alla nationaliteter hedras.
En intervju med John Sloboda som tillsammans med Hamit Dardagan grundade Iraq Body Count, som länge var den enda tillgängliga källan om dödade Irakiska civila.
This interview with Australian architect Peter Tonkin was made in the office of the architect bureau, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, in Sydney in Nov 2003. Peter Tonkin has designed several war memorials, often in collaboration with artists, for example the Memorial to the Australian Forces in the Vietnam War, in Canberra, and the Memorial to the Australian Forces in WWI and WWII, in London.
An article about Hillary Gilligan's intervention "Our Trail of the Troubles", made in Belfast 1996.
There are virtually no multilateral war memorials at all in the world, which is perhaps not too surprising. The process of creating such a memorial must be a painstaking process that can take years if not generations. A peace process must first be negotiated, parties must agree and cultural gaps must be bridged before the work with a memorial can even begin.
When Hilary Gilligan made her intervention in public space on the Easter weekend in 1996, she showed that a war memorial doesn't have to be commissioned, or permanent, to be successful.
This is a presentation of Krisitna Cedrins proposal for a multilateral war memorial as presented at the course at the School of Architecture.