Friday, 30 December 2011

Should UK return Stasi files to Germany?

The Guardian is running an online poll on whether the British government should hand the East German secret police files over to Germany.

What do you think?

The Guardian (2011) Should the UK hand over Stasi files to Germany? [Online] [30/12/2011]

Postcards from lost countries

This clip shows an interactive project due to launch on 10 Jan 2012, made from a collection of 25 postcards sent from 11 East European countries between 1975 and 1991 (Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion, 2011)

Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion (2011) Farewell Comrades! (Interactive) [Online]
Artline Films & Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion [2011] Farewell Comrades. [Online]

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Fragments of Holocaust

"I think that we can only see the Holocaust in fragments, and these fragments are individual lives and individual deaths, and this is the only measure of things." (Bałka in Davies-Crook, 2011)
Mirosław Bałka's exhibition Fragment is about the collective experiences of the Holocaust with focuses on video works. He claims that the only way to understand life is through "the consciousness of the fragments" and not in "big numbers – the ones discussed by historians" (Bałka in Davies-Crook, 2011).

Davies-Crook, Susanna (2011) Disassembling Bambi. [Online] [27/12/2011]
Vernissage TV (2011) Miroslaw Balka: Fragment at Akademie der Kunste Berlin. [Online] [28/12/2011]

Tate Channel (2009) The Unilever Series: Miroslaw Balka. [Online] [28/12/2011]
White Cube (2011) Miroslaw Balka at Akademie der Kunste, Berlin. [Online] [28/12/2011]