Agricola de Cologne


Riga Forum – 6th International Holocaust Conference 2019

Riga Forum 2019

The New Museum of Networked Art & A Virtual Memorial Foundation
are happy to present

WOW.23 / Latvia
The d/i/light Memorial
featuring The Sonic Memorial

presented by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

@ Riga Forum 2019
6th International Holocaust Conference
Riga/Latvia – 21-22 May 2019

Conference program for download as PDF
The complete text of the presentation as PDF

The d/i/light Memorial
Artists commemorate the victims of the Holocaust
Artists against Intolerance, Racism & Anti-Semitism”/a>
The Sonic Memorial
collective trauma, identity & sonic art”

created, developed and curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

As a platform for significant initiatives, The d/i/light Memorial is representing primarily a contribution to an essential question of mankind, how can the memory of the Holocaust, respectively memory of the millions of individual victims, be kept vivid for future generations after the last Holocaust surviver died and nobody is left to give personal and authentic report about the human and emotional dimension of the Holocaust. While historical memorial sites preserve archeological artefacts and statistics remain widely anonymous and inhuman, for its initiator, the Cologne based media artist and curator, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, only art has this potential to touch people at the bottom of their heart and motivate them to reflect, and this way, his artistic memorial project is giving a concrete answer, when he was launching „Shoah Film Collection“ in 2010 encouraging young artists generations to reflect this human dimension by using the new audiovisual media allowing to express processes, ideas and emotions in a kind of contemporary language people living nowadays understand and be willing to accept.
d/i/light – is standing for Darkness Into Light – referring to the process of keeping actively vivid the memory of the Holocaust, the artists commemorating the Holocaust show face against Intolerance, Racism and Antisemitism and this ways they do not turn only the memory from the darkness, but also the „darkness“, as such, (The Holocaust), into the light.
While The d/i/light Memorial is based on audiovisual media manifested in art films and videos created by 100 artists from 35 countries, ranging from documentary to videoart and experimental film, The Sonic Memorial, launched in 2015, is dedicated to the non-visual medium – sonic art, using sound as a tool for artistic creations offering another essential sensual approach to memory.

Since 2018, both memorial sites belong to – The 7 Memorials for Humanity –
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne is director and curator of artvideoKOELN – the international platform for audiovisual art & The New Museum of Networked Art, as well as the creator of the memorial sites of „The 7 Memorials for Humanity“ – initiated, developed and curated between 2009 and 2019.
In 2020 a couple of anniversaries will be celebrated, 10 years „The d/i/light Memorial“ aka The Shoah Film Collection, 15 years artvideoKoeln & 20 years The New Museum of Networked Art.


Conference – Symposium (organised)

1991 - International ARCHA Conference Görlitz/Germany
1991 – International ARCHA Conference Görlitz/Germany – 2-5 May 1991



Stadtgalle Görlitz – Municipal Conference Centre

archa02 International ARCHA Conference Goerlitz 1991 2- 5 May 1991
in collaboration with the City of Goerlitz, City of Halbersadt and City of Zittau
and the municipal museums

Prof.Dr. Kurt Biedenkopf, prime Minister of The Free State of Saxony
Matthias Lechner, Mayor of the City of Goerlitz

Conference topic:
The new cultural situation after the Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989

archa01-01Thursday, 2 May 1991
International Artists Meeting
Alistair McLennan, Belfast
Stig Danielson , Sweden
Margaret Hunter (UK)
Ms. Waltraut Starke, Oberlausitzer Kunstverein
Maria Zilla, Museum leipzig
Tomasz Pierczak, (Poland)
Roman Wiedlowski (Poland)
Detlef Dammann, Municipal Gallery Zwickau
Herbert Reich, ARCHA Society

archa03Friday, 3 May 1991

10h City tour for the participants
11h reception at the Mayor of the City of Goerlitz
13h common dinner
14h Opening speech by Wilfried Agricola, President of ARCHA Society

Lectures: Cultural Politics

15h Example: Saxony
Dr. Reiner Zimmermann, Department “rt” @ Ministery for Art & Science of the Freestate of Saxony, Dresden

15.20 East-West: Example: Berlin
Peter Sauerbaum, Head of Cultural Department of Berlin

15.40 Example: Community East: Goerlitz
Ulf Großmann, Head of Cultural Department of the City of Goerlitz

16-17h Discussion

19.30 Charity concert @ Goerlitz City Hall
Introducing words
Herber Reich, Board of Archa Society
Prof.Dr. Nollau – State Secretary Ministery of Culture & Science Dresden
on behalf of the Prime Minister Prof. Dr. Kurt Biedenkopf
Matthias Lechner, Mayor of the City of Goelitz
Sabina Moczko, Head of Cultural Department of the City of Halberstadt
Mr. Zimmermann, Head of Cultural Department of the City of Zittau

Ensemble State Opera Dresden
performs songs by Mussorsky, Kurzbach, Schumann, Tchaikowski & Brahms

Performance by
Barbara Heinisch, painting – Chris Parker, dancer – Frank Köllges, drums

4 May 1991

International Contributions

9:00h Stig Danielson, Swedish artist presents his project “Exile” about the Afghan war
9.30h Anu Litvak, Deputy Director of State estonian Art Museum – estonian Avantgarde 1960-1985
10.00 Mari Nommela, director of Tartu Art Museum – Recent Estonian Art since 1985
10.30 Marketta Mäkinnen, Deputy Director Alvar Aalto Museum Jyväskylä – Recent Finnish Art
11.00 Miczislaw Lapanowski, Director of BWA Gallery Zielon Gora – Biennale of Contemporary Polish Art

Lectures on: Art Funding

13.30 Prof Chaper Pult, Zurich – Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia
14.00 Prof. Dr.- Peter Gerlach, Cologne art historian . Private Art Funding
14.30 Walter Smerling, Journalist Bonn – Art & Sponsoring
15.00 Prof. Jörn Merkert, director of Berlinische Galerie Berlin – Public Art Support: Berlin
15.30 Dr.Hartmut Vogel, Ministery of the Interior – Art Funding: Example Fedral State

until 17h – Discussions

17.00 Uwe Gellner, art historian – Development of the Collection of sculpture at Museum of magdeburg
17.30 Prof. Dr. Ingrid Schulze, University of Halle – the Artist: Johannes Wüsten
18.00 Dr. Vogt, directior of Zittau City Art Museum – Max Langer – the poetic painter of Oberlausitz

5 May 1991

10.00 Goelitz City Art Museum – Opening of the exhibition: The divisionsitic Principle by W.O.F. Agricola

12.30 official end of the conference

2012 – A Virtual Memorial Riga 2012
2013 – A Virtual Memorial Vilnius 2013

Conferences – Symposia (participating)

2000 – Exchange 2000 Bristol (UK) – Watershead Media Centre
2001 – Circus 2001 Glasgow (UK)
2001 – 4th International Conference on Modern Technology and Processes for Art, Media and Design, Bangkok (Thailand)
2002 – ISEA 2002 Nagoya (Japan)
2002 – Sorbonne Paris – International Conference on Literature & the Internet: New Forms of Electronic Writing – 15-16th March 2002
2003 – Fibreculture Conference 2003 – Brisbane/Australia :: Digital Literacies :: New Media Arts Exhibition
2005 – FILE Symposium 2005 Sao Paulo (Brazil)
2006 – 6th Salon Y Coloquio Internacional de Arte Digital Havanna/Cuba
2008 – ISEA 2008 Singapore (SG)
2008 – sound:space – Soundart Symposium 1 Nov. 2008 – South Hill Park Arts Centre Bracknell/UK (London)
2008 – Art Tech Media Cordoba ’08 – 25-27 November 2008 – Cordoba/Spain
2008 – VIII World Meeting of Intellectuals & Artists Caracas/Ve – 13-18 October 2008
2012 – 1st International Conference of Holocaust Museums Riga /Latvia 4-6 June 2012
2013 – 2nd International Conference of Holocaust Museums Riga/Latvia 29-30 May 2013
2017 – VideoVortex 11 – Kochi Muziris Biennial 2017
2017 – Karazin Symposium National Karazin University Kharkiv/Ukraine 17 December 2017
2019 – 12th Video Vortex Conference K-Spazju Kreattiv- Valletta – 26-28 September 2019
2019 – 6th International Conference of Holocaust Museums Riga/Latvia 21-22 May 2019