[rohrpost] memorial://january 2005

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memorial://january 2005
{A Virtual Memorial} -
Memorial Project against the Forgetting and for Humanity
~New Media art project environment~
www.a-virtual-memorial.org <http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org>
Commemorates in January -
the recent Tsunami disaster in South Asia
resulting a human tragedy of unknown dimensions,
but also another human tragedy of even more inconceivable dimensions 
which happend more than 60 years ago,
better known as "Holocaust" - 
i.e. the industrialized genocide on Jews, Sinti and Roma 
and, generally, different minded 
which found its end on 27 January 1945, 
when the concentration camp of Auschwitz (now Oswiecim/Poland) 
was liberated by US armee. 
selected memorial days in January
02 January 1959 Victory of Cuban Revolution (Cuba)
17 January 2005 Martin Luther King Memorial Day (USA)
22 January 1905 Bloody Sunday St.Petersburg
27 January 1945 Liberation of the Concentration Camp Auschwitz
Table of Contents:
a) Tsunami - a short comment
b) Tsunami - call for artists submissions
c) Features of the month
d) News
January 2005
a) Tsunami - a short comment
Tsunami represents a phenomenon which is well known in the Pacific region,
"this" Tsunami hit the people unexpected and with such an immense destructive power 
because this phenomeon did not happen too frequently in the Past in the region before and nobody 
saw any reason to install an early warning sytem as it exists well-functioning in the Pacific region. 
The human tragedy is particularly distressing as besides a number of foreign tourists who wanted to 
celebrate Christmas in the peaceful surroundings of a tropical paradise,
mainly the poorest of all people are affected, people who were partially already suffering from local civil wars or rebel conflicts (Sumatra and Sri Lanka), people who are not able to
survive now the material and immaterial loss without external aid.
On one hand, the waves of solidarity flooding to the affected regions give really an idea that we are one world, on the other hand one does not know whether to be glad or cry to hear that the economical damage on the South Asian region seems to be actually only marginal and the share holders can relief and go on as if nothing had happened.
The UN is estimating the damage of infrastructure such high that a reinstallation of the situation as it was before the disaster will take at least 7-10 years and this will be also the time the affected regions need external help.
And what about the victims who had not the priviledge to survive? 
They can be probably found somewhere unidentified thrown into mass tombs, 
and there is no time or chance for mourning.
Please show your solidarity by supporting materially and immaterially one of the numerous humanitarian local or international organisations which became active in the affected South Asian regions. 
b) Tsunami - a call for submissions- an invitation to artists 
Tsunami -
call for submissions
1st deadline 31 March 2005
The current Asian tsunami disaster made it again evident:
the human being cannot control the destructive powers of nature.
A Virtual Memorial
www.a-virtual-memorial.org <>
and [R][R][F]2005---XP
www.newmediafest.org/rrf2005 <>
initiate on occasion of this disaster
and in solidarity with all affected people in this human tragedy
a net based art project environment, entitled: Tsunami.
The title: "Tsunami" does thematically not only refer to this or similiar 
disasters in Present or Past,
but beyond that "Tsunami" is primarily also understood as a symbol for the 
Inevitable, the Immutable,
for Powers of Nature, Powers of Destiny which cannot be controlled by the 
human being,
situations of helplessness the human being is irrevocably at the mercy of.
Has he any chance to escape or take influence?
Nearly everybody whereever he may live has made experiences of that kind in 
one or the other way already.
Artists around the globe are invited to reflect these traumatic conditions 
of human life and submit art works, documents, texts or any other material 
connected the thematical context
which can be submitted as digital file .
"Tsunami" -
this collaborative project will be published and featured on 
www.a-virtual-memorial.org <>
and www.newmediafest.org/rrf2005 <> simultaneously and will take part
in all coming physical events of [R][R][F]2005--->XP,
global networking project by Agricola de Cologne.
Following file typs are accepted:
Text: .txt, .rtf, plain email
Image: .jpg,.gif., png
sound: .mpg3
movie: .mov, .avi, wmv, .swf, .drc, .mpeg2
The submission can consist of different parts, works or documents but must 
not exceed 5MB.
All serious contributions will be accepted.
1st deadline 31 March 2005, afterwards ongoing,
but the project will be already launched on 1 February 2005 and from then 
on continuously updated.
Please use this form for submitting
1.Name, Email, URL
2.brief bio (not more than 50 words/English)
3.work(s) (number of entries, titles, year of origin, medium of original 
work, submitted media file types)
4. Short description for each submitted work (not more than 50 
Please send the submission
as individual files attached
info at a-virtual-memorial.org <>
subject: tsunami
New month - new subject
*The Features of the Month are monthly changing
collections of multimedia works and links which form in the
totality of the composition an artwork of theirown
to be created on a webpage of theirown
within the Memorial project.*
c) ***Features of the Month January
Theme: Voices of a New Age..?
Project of the Month: Who are the pioneers?
Featured artist: Michael von Karkowski 
VoiceObject 1 . Martin Luther King
VoiceObject 2: Harry Truman 
VoiceObject 3: Adolf Hitler
Animal of the month: Snow leopard (Irbis) 
People of the month: Sami people
Witnesses of Eternity: Worms/Germany 
Enter this feature environment via www.a-virtual-memorial.org <http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org>
d) News 
By 1 January 2005, [R][R][F] 2004 --->XP - 
global networking project of "A Virtual Memorial" 
has changed its name to 
[R][R][F] 2005 --->XP and has also a new URL ---> 
Thanks to all people, artists, curators, institutions and organisations 
who made the extraordinary success of this experimental project possible 
in 2004. 
The year 2005 will start with a new challenge, 
as there are plans to present/install [R][R][F] 2005 --->XP 
in physical space in Bethlehem/Palestine, Tel-Aviv/Israel and Cologne/Germany 
simultaneously in February/March. 
But there is still a lot to do that this extraordinary event can take place as planned 
and everybody will understand, when the details will be published in February in time. 
Currently, some documentations of the physical installations of
the global networking project 
in 2004 are already online, further ones will follow - 
please go to the project site on <http://rrf2005.newmediafest.org> 
and open the pop-up menu on the start page ---> "Documentations 2004" 
Until the next time
all the best,
{A Virtual Memorial}
www.a-virtual-memorial.org <http://www.a-virtual-memorial.org>
award wining Memorial project against the Forgetting and for Humanity -
since 2000 ongoing New Media art project by Agricola de Cologne.
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