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Blinded in Remembering the Present? Ask Franz

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022, 7:00 PM

Eran Schaerf

Blinded in Remembering the Present? Ask Franz

One day Andreas appears in my life – as novel characters tend to do – and tells me about the difference between remembering and commemorating. When he visits a memorial site, he understands that he cannot take any memories from the former concentration camp with him. That time is over, but he can commemorate history without any memories of his own. He seems to come from a time when the national political currency of memory is not yet for sale. I think Andreas must know Franz, who wrote about the Armenian genocide. Franz is from a different time, I know that. I borrow from Suchan her clockworks to rehearse the multi-chronology of my story.

Eran Schaerf, artist and author, lives in Berlin. Recent projects include Citizens of Nowhere, imitate! (2020); Revoicing, in: Beatrice von Bismarck ed., Archives on Show. Revoicing, Shapeshifting, Displacing: A Curatorial Glossary (2022); Kahanoff’s Levantinism: The Anachronic Possibilities of a Concept, (with Eva Meyer, 2022); Levantine Line Library, institut de carton Brussels (2022); Only Six Can Play This Game (with Eva Meyer, 2022).

The event will be held in English