Media installation for the ceremony demonstrating opposition to violence and racism to be held in commemoration of the victims of National Socialism on Monday, May 5 in the Austrian Parliament.
The focal point of this artistic confrontation is the suffering of the young people who faced Nazi terror. Serving as surrogates for the nameless victims are names on the Yad Vashem website’s list of children murdered in Auschwitz—as a visible sign of the individual fates that lay buried behind the statistics.
In Ars Electronica’s visualization, the names appear on a projection surface that, in a dialog with the architecture, assume the function of a commemorative monument. Through the use of a program developed by media artist Zachary Lieberman, no sooner do the hand-written names take shape than they are deformed and vanish without a trace.
Helmut Kritzinger, president of the Bundesrat (Upper House of Parliament) delivered the opening address at this commemoration ceremony on Monday, May 5 at 11 AM in the historic chambers of Parliament. The entire ceremony has been televised live on ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company’s channel 2.