[ZKM_Media Theater :: 03/02 - 23/2003
Opening :: 03/01/2003, 7 pm]
The interactive installation deals with
the displacement of ethnic minorities and the possible connections
between them. Based on historic film material and recent documentary
footage, it provides a space in which to experience history as a
stream of moments and memories that can always be understood in
Visitors are presented with three interwoven historical narratives
centering on the Danube River: One story tells of Eastern European
Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939, hoping to get to Palestine.
The second story, set in 1940 following the Soviet reannexation
of Bessarabia, tells of émigré German farmers returning
to the »safety« of the Third Reich. The third story
is that of Captain Nándor Andrásovits, an adventurer
and amateur filmmaker, who transported both groups along the river
and documented these historic journeys.
The stories shown on large adjacent screens are accompanied by immersive
sounds of the journey along the river and the music of Hungarian
composer Tibor Szemzö. With the use of a touch-screen monitor,
visitors can select one of 18 orchestrations, and perform their
version of the narrative score.
Co-author of the Danube Jewish exodus and original
idea for a museum installation :: János Varga
Exhibition website by C3 Budapest :: http://www.danube-exodus.hu