SFC – Shoah Film Collection @ [BOX] – Visual Container Milan
27-28-29 January 2014
SFC – Shoah Film Collection @ [BOX] – Visual Container Milan
Agricola de Cologne – introduction
Israeli ambassador Ms. Hagit Ben Yaakov – opening speech
opening speakers – Algis Gurevicius – Hagit Ben Yaakov – Agricola de Cologne
Photos for download
Inauguration by JCIC
photos by Ariel Yannay
photos by Felice Hapetzeder
Many artists presentations were recorded during the symposium of
A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013. The first release is the introducing lecture by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, recorded on 23 September 2013 @ JCIC Vilnius.
A Virtual Memorial Warsaw 2013
standing under the Patronage of the European Parliament
25-31 October 2013
is the manifestation of SFC – Shoah Film Collection in Poland 2013
a collaboration between Warsaw Jewish Film Festival & artvideoKOELN
hosted by The Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
To say it in a few words, despite all odds, and there were this time really many, the manifestation of Shoah Film Collection in Lithuania – A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 – was a big success.
The event had to fight with a lot of adversaries. Lithuania, as such, and Vilnius in particular, due to their history in collaborating with the Nazis, but there was also a strong competitor, which was killing the event in fact, even if probably not in total, but certainly in parts:
4th World Litvak Congress – which was organised between 22 and 25 September 2013 on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of Vilna Ghetto.
The Lithuanian host, which was responsible for “A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013″ the director of the JCIC – Jewish Culture and Information Center, was at the same time co-organiser of that competition, and of course, the small “A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 – could only loose against this overwhelming, all killing competitor – in terms of recruiting audience, promotion, public relation and perception, because the Lithuanian host did not make any attempt to make both event interact and also not interact with local institutions, like schools, unversities or museums or galleries.
The result was, that A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 - became that way an artist meeting which was attended by 14 artists from 6 countries, and they as the main actors and main audience are considering the event, as it was as an artists meeting, a big success.
I absolutely agree, that the meeting of the artists including all their presentations, the Internet conferences and screenings were really great as such, but the basic goal to communicate and exchange with local people failed because the Lithuanian host did not organise it, and in this way, the message of A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013 and Shoah Film Collection were kept in the hearts of the artists, but did not leave the cellar of JCIC – where the symposium had its location.
There will a comprehensive documentation published as PDF after
“A Virtual Memorial Warsaw 2013″ 25-31 Oct 2013,
and also a video documentation of the sympüosium will follow.
A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013
under the Patronage of European Parliament
@ Jewish Culture & Information Center Vilnius
23-26 September 2013
daily 10h-19h – moderated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
23 September – Inauguration
10h Inauguration, opening of exhibition – screening special selection from SFC
14h Start: Introducing lecture by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
15h – 17h Presentations: Shelley Jordon (USA), Cristiano Berti (Italy), Felice Hapetzeder (Swe)
17h – 19h talks/discussions/screenings
Internet conference: interviews with Heike Liss,(USA), David R. Burns (USA), Menachem Kaiser (USA)
24 September – Collective Trauma
10h – 14h talks/discussions/screenings
- Internet conference – Royal University of Phnom Penh – “Looking Back” films about genocide in Cambodia, interview with the Cambodian directors
- Interview with Sopheak Sao (Cambodia), director of “The Survivor”
14h – 17h Presentations: Annetta Kapon (USA), Dova Cahan (Israel), Doris Neidl (Austria)
17h – 19h talks/discussions/screenings – Internet conference: interviews with Jay Needham USA), Angela Aguayo (USA) , Ben Neufeld (USA)
25 September – Israel Day
Internet conference: interviews with Jasmine Kainy, Shahar Marcus (all Israel)
presentation: Michael Lazar (Israel)
14h –> Tolerance Center/Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum: performance by Doron Polak
15h-17h presentations: Eitan Vitkon, Doron Polak, Ariel Yannay Shani (all from Israel)
17h-19h talks /discussions /screenings
26 September – Finalization
10h -14h: talks/discussions/screenings
– Danute Selcinskaja presents film by Lilia Kopac (Lithuania) – The Pit of Life and Torment, 2013, 62:00 – produced by Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum – to be attended by Lilia Kopac, director and Faina Kukliansky
- Internet conference: interviews with Istvan Horkay (Hungary), Isabelle Rozenbaum (France) & Andrea Nevi (Italy)
14h-17h presentations: Marcantonio Lunardi (Italy), Joseph Rabie (F), Jacob J. Podber (USA)
17h-19h final talks/discussions /screenings
19h finalization @ St. Catherine’s Church: soundart performance by Arturas Bumsteinas & Wolumen Trio (Lithuania)
artvideoKOELN released the official publications on the net to be downloaded as PDF for free
1. The official Press Release by artvideoKOELN
2. PDF catalogue in English and Lithuanian version
3. AVM Vilnius 2013 – symposium schedule
1.The Press Release
PDF catalogue, a modified version of the printed brochure
to be released for AVM Vilnius 2013
3. The symposium schedule
CologneOFF 2013 Poland
The manifestation of SFC – Shoah Film Collection in Poland 2013,
will take place under the Patronage of the European Parliament
@ the new Museum for The History of Polish Jews in Warsaw in the context of 11th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival – 25 – 31 October 2013
On occasion of “A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013″,
SFC – Shoah Film Collection is happy to include a new film, the documentary
Lilia Kopac (Lithuania) – The Pit of Life and Torment, 2013, 62:00
which will be presented at the Symposium in Vilnius by Danute Selcinskaja on 26 September 2013.
Since this film is a production of Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum Vilnius – including the film in SFC means establishing a collaboration with this museum.
It will be also hosting on 25 September 2013, the performance by The Israeli artist Doron Polak.