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This department is hosting
AVMCI – A Virtual Memorial – International Center for Commemorative Interventions
and its experimental event structure complementing the manifestations of
Collective Trauma Film Collections – featuring SFC Shoah Film Collection

It is one of the museum’s most active departments acting cross-platform, cross-departemental and cross-disciplinary

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Draft Title: Shoah (2009)
http://dts.engad.org

Draft title: Shoah is a media art project by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, incorporating the artistic activities around “Shoah” and collective trauma caused by totalitarianism, forming the framework for a wide range of artistic activities. Like most projects by Agricola de Cologne, also Draft title: Shoah is built up of the dualism of the project development online and the manifestations in physical space, complementing each other.

sfc-site-logo-04-greyDealing with the Holocaust did not only start when Agricola de Cologne launched on 27 January 2010 – his media art and peace initiative “Shoah Film Collection” as an artistic contribution against racism and antisemitism, but was already part of the artist’s identity from a child. The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 had ground breaking influence on the course of his life, when he was confronted with the Nazi history on Polish ground by visiting the memorial sites in Poland, and later Germany and Czech Republik – which was motivating and “sensitizing” him to dedicate a big artistic project and many years of his artistic creativity to the victims of Holocaust by reflecting his experiences and juxtaposed them to the Neofascist manifestations taking place in Germany and many other European countries during the 80ies and 90ies of 20th century. Entitled: “1000 Years, 50 Years and still so terribly young”, this project became the main part of the later project alm-logo-02a“A Living Memorial Spaces of Art” – Memorial project against the Forgetting, Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism. 1995-1998 – standing under the Patronage of Ignatz Bubis (1927-1999), the President of the Central Jewish Council of Germany. In 1998, the major part of this project was destroyed by right-wing vandalism. But the memory and the shadows of this project became later in 2000 the basis of ” A Virtual Memorial Foundation” and in 2009 of “Draft title: Shoah”.

Presentations 2011
Offizyna Szczecin (Poland)
Art Museum Arad (Romania)
NCCA – National Center for Contemporary Art St Petersburg (RU)
UAM – Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Mexico City (MX)

SFC – Shoah Film Collection presentations under the Patronage of European Parliament

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A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012
A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013
A Virtual Memorial Warsaw 2013
A Virtual Memorial Milan 2014

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2012
A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012
A Virtual Memorial Phnom Penh 2012
Cambodia 1975-1979
CTF – Collective Trauma Film Collections
A Virtual Memorial Warsaw 2012

2013
A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013
A Virtual Memorial Warsaw 2013
SFCIP – Shoah Film Collection Interview Project

2014
A Virtual Memorial Milan 2014
A Virtual Memorial Timisoara 2014
A Virtual Memorial Jaffa 2014
A Virtual Memorial Moscow 2014

The 7 Memorials for Humanity

Released in 2018, the 7 Memorials Project is a multi-facetted digital media art context located in the Internet – developed, created and curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne.

Based on 7 differently aimed ongoing audio-visual media art contexts, launched between 2010 and 2018, the project is dealing with new forms of commemorating, respectively generating awareness, related to topics that really matter in the currently globally and locally escalating political, social, ecological and cultural situations endangering a free, open and democratic society and Humanity as that fundamental human value, at all.

The Memorial context and its creator are acting as mediators between different parties by demonstrating diversity, eg. activating on one hand artists to articulate and contribute their (artistic) opinion, on the other hand by doing so, activating the audience to use the artistic interventions as the basis for their own reflections.

Each one of the incorporated memorials is rooted on another collection of audio-visual art, which can be experienced online. The Sonic Memorial is the only one using the non-visual medium of sonic art, generating different kinds of associations than the visual medium of video or film: for instance, The Refugee Film Collection, incorporating more than 100 videos from documentary to video art & experimental film.

In total, about 500 contributions by as many artists from about 40 countries give the 7 Memorials project a multi-dimensional character – including & complementing each other: the global, as well as the local: while the online context is available 24 hours to the global community, the individual local manifestation to be realized in an exchange between virtual and physical space in collaboration with worldwide networking partners allow people to meet each other at venues that change their meaning and the awareness related to it by becoming a temporarily limited memorial & space of art.

The manifestations are realized in the framework of “The W:OW Project” – We Are One World – http://wow.engad.org – a global networking project, launched in 2017.

The 7 Memorials for Humanity

The Refugee Memorial
based on – The Refugee Film Collection – why and how become people refugees
d/i/light – Darkness Into Light Memorial
based on Shoah Film Collection – dedicated to the victims of Holocaust
Cambodia 1975-1978 Memorial
based on the Cambodia Film Collection – dedicated to the victims of the genocide in Cambodia and elsewhere
Wake Up! Memorial artists show face against Populism
for an open and free society- against populism, intolerance and racism
Hiroshima-Fukushima Memorial
based on “The Hiroshima//Fukushima Film Collection – dedicated to the victims of nuclear power
The iTERROR Memorial
dedicated to the victims of Islamist terror
The Sonic Memorial
soundart as a tool for commemorating – collective trauma & identity


A Virtual Memorial Foundation
Memorial for the Victims of Terror (11/9/2001)
Memorial for the Victims of Aids
Tsunami 2004 Memorial
Rainforest Memorial
AVMCI – A Virtual Memorial Commemorative Interventions
A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012
A Virtual Memoral Phnom Penh 2012
A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013
A Virtual Memorial Warsaw 2013 & 2012
A Virtual Memorial January 2014
A Virtual Memorial Moscow 2014
[R][R][F] – Remembering-Repressing-Forgetting
Argentina Memorial Project
CTF – Collective Trauma Film Collections
Draft Title: Shoah
Draft Title Shoah Blog
SFCIP – Shoah Film Collection Interview Project
The 7 Memorials for Humanity