MOTTE has been engaged with the principal of remembrance for several years and initiated projects of “New Forms of Remembrance”.
We’ve asked ourselves: how can history be presented in the future when there are no eyewitnesses left? How do we reach young people, for whom fascism in Europe and the Second World War seem in the distant past? How do we present the history of German National Socialism to children of migrants in Germany?
The project „Sound in the Silence“ was initiated with artist Jens Huckeriede† as a way to reach young people through the use of various artistic forms. They are emotionally moved because they are able to express themselves through music, dance, theater, and their own texts. „Sound in the Silence“ succeeds in transferring their questions about history to the present.
The historical significance of the locations is the inspiration for the students and participating artists to engage in an open-ended creative process. They could express their ideas and feelings through text, music, film, theatre and dance.
»Sound in the Silence« 2011-2018
An intercultural memorial project 2011-2013 – since 2012 in cooperation with ENRS European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. Youth exchange between German and Polish students from Hamburg and Koszalin 2011-2013. A project with artists from Koszalin and Wrocław, Poland, San Francisco and New York, USA and Hamburg, Germany.
The students worked through German and Polish history; the topics of home, expulsion, and tolerance together with artists from San Francisco, New York, Koszalin, Wrocław, and Hamburg. After the death of Jens Huckeriede in 2013 – Dan Wolf continued the project as artistic director.
With cooperation partner ENRS part four of the project continued in 2015 in Gdańsk with students and artists from Germany, Poland and Ungary. Artistic Director is Dan Wolf, San Francisco, USA.The artists worked with texts and music and utilized the various languages as an artistic medium. The artistic process was started in collaboration with the students. Utilizing individual, family histories as well as other’s biographies, an intercultural dialogue results in the past touching the present.
2016 Students from secondary schools in Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic will spent four days in Auschwitz, where they took part in workshops at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. The themes of the workshops were concentrated on the history of the camp, and on the resistance movement. Student learned about people who managed to escape from the camp, including August Kowalczyk, Witold Pilecki, Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler. On the last day students presented the art project in Žilina, in Stanica – a cultural center, a unique place that brings together educational and cultural events of the region.
The 2017 edition was organised at the Ravensbrück Memorial Site between 20 September and 1 October. The edition included the artist meeting 20–22 September and the encounter of the students 22 September- 1 October. The main theme of this year’s project was art in the camps. Together with artists representing different disciplines students explored the concept of art understood as documentation, witnessing, and spiritual resistance. Artistic Director Dan Wolf.
Editions in 2018:
Forms of Resistance – Warszaw Ghetto and Warszaw Uprising
This year four selected groups from four European countries will spend eight days in September visiting Warsaw in Poland to explore the history of the two Warsaw uprisings – Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943 and Warsaw Uprising of 1944. They will learn about their history, with a special attention given to the forms of resistance. Together with artists representing different disciplines, they will explore the concept of fight for identity and dignity.
Together with the project’s partners, Warsaw Rising Museum, Jewish Historical Institute and History Meeting House, we will start by discussing events that took place in Warsaw in 1943 and 1944, such as uprisings, but also other acts of protest and struggle with the aggressor. Academic Coordinator of the 2018 edition: Małgorzata Wosińska. Artistic Director: Dan Wolf
2018 “Silence is no longer here because of us” – The encounter of 40 young adults of diverse countries will take place at the Ravensbrück Memorial. The students will work with international artists at the location directed by Dan Wolf. Sound in the Silence will be connected with the Generationenforum of Ravensbrück memorial. Young adults will meet four women who are survivors of the camp. The artists will have special meetings for the process of transforming the remembrance work with survivors to future projects when eyewitnesses can´t transfer their experience to adolescents anylonger.
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