March is a journal of art & strategy.

Multidirectional Memory

We are pleased to announce the launch of From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments (MDM), a new long term inquiry and artistic research project organized with the department of Artistic Strategies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Die Angewandte).

With Palais des Beaux Arts Wien (PdBA) as a starting point, MDM will bring together a core team of artists including Bernhard Garnicnig (founder, PdBA) and Seth Weiner (current artistic director, PdBA), Antoine Turillon and Stephanie Misa (University of Applied Arts Vienna, Artistic Strategies), and Sarrita Hunn (founder/editor, MARCH) to research geographically dispersed examples of how “multidirectional” approaches to memory challenge assumptions and what new forms are emerging within contemporary art.

CURRENT FEATURES

From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments (MDM) explores the “promises” of noncompetitive and transversally connected “multidirectional memory” in memorial practices. Following the MDM Symposium held November 16-18 in Vienna, online presentations include contributions from Lia Carreira and Bernhard Garnicnig, Hande Sever, Chinar Shah, Lyónn Wolf and Tyan Fritschy, Antoine Turillon and Seth Weiner, Emilia Yang, and Georgia Holz and Stephanie Misa.

Counter-Infrastructures: Art & Activism asks how artistic strategies can help us to develop and support social formations that are durable beyond the timescales of the immediate moment, project timeline or crisis, towards “counter-infrastructures” that underpin new ways of living and being together within and against the dominance of extractive and destructive capitalist intersectionally discriminatory systems. Following a Counter-Infrastructures Symposium organized with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin, Ireland December 4-5, 2023, a series of reports will be published online in the new year.

Storying the Silence: The Archive of the Vereinigung bildender Künstler*innen Österreichs (VBKÖ)

Georgia Holz and Stephanie Misa discuss the Austrian Association of Wom*n Artists (VBKÖ)’s controversial history and how its archive has become a site for speculative methods that explore convergent and divergent – and at times haunting – histories within the association.

Multidirectional Memories and Transnational Solidarities in Exile: AMA y No Olvida, Memory Museum Against Impunity

AMA y No Olvida (Love and Do Not Forget), Memory Museum Against Impunity was created in collaboration with the Mothers of April Association (Asociación Madres de Abril or AMA, which also translates to “love”), the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), and the Nicaraguan Academy of Sciences, in search of truth, justice, and integral reparations that unites and represents mothers and relatives of the people assassinated by the state repression in Nicaragua since 2018.

Giveaways / Hideaways

Using an empty train station in Lungitz, Austria as a central meeting point, the site-specific group exhibition Giveaways / Hideaways approached the building by asking how an invisible, violent, and uncomfortable history could both be expressed and then carried away from it.

Libidinous Memorial Flag for Peter Clemens

First written as a performative site-specific response in 2019, Lyónn Wolf has invited researcher and author Tyan Fritschy to converse with “Libidinous Memorial Flag for Peter Clemens” through their own reflections, riffs, and concerns.

A Memorial for the New Economy

A Memorial for the New Economy proposes a publication as a memorial – one that is neither a grand proclamation nor a fixed monument, but instead a document dependent on systems of distribution, access and exchange.

A Casket for All Seasons

Hande Sever delves into the history of Sanasaryan Han, an edifice found nestled within Istanbul’s tourist-laden neighborhood of Sirkeci, to create a dialogue among memories which have not previously been connected.

Palácio das Belas Artes Lisboa: From Monument to Multimentality

Lia Carreira and Bernhard Garnicnig present the Palácio das Belas Artes Lisboa in Portugal as a memorial to the promises and potential pitfalls of the concept of multidirectional memory.

MDM Artistic Researchers and Symposium

We are pleased to announce the From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments (MDM) artistic researchers and forthcoming online publishing and symposium events in Vienna November 16 – 18.

Beyond Competitive Memory: MDM Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for From Multidirectional Memory to Multidirectional Moments (MDM), a new long-term inquiry exploring the “promises” of noncompetitive and transversally connected “multidirectional memory” in memorial practices.