Humans possess the ability not to forget, but to remember. An ability which we can use to shape our lives as individuals and as a society, and that gives us the chance to learn. I ask myself how much my current actions are influences by my memories and which happenings in my life were so important they they are saved as memories in my mind? How are those memories transmitted to a collective? Which memories of historical moments are important for a society and how much room, form, place and time should there be for memories? Which happenings contain such a historical meaning that they contribute to an identity forming culture of memory, and who decides that they do?
I will investigate the research topic COLLECTIVE MEMORY The meaning of the past on several levels: historical, sociological, psychological and cultural. Each field offers a specific view on the meaning of forgetting and memory for the individual and the society. Networks of observations will be formed, which will overlap and complement each other and form the thematic base with artistic potential for further processing.
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Cultural foundation of the Free State of Saxony