When The Pillars Wear Tearness*

Remembering the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda 30 years ago

7.4.–4.7.2024

Opening on Sun, 7 April 2024 at 4 pm
Pillars of Memory, Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna

A memorial project

by Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard (artistic concept, idea and project organization) on the initiative of and in cooperation with Ancilla Umubyeyi

Against the background

of the question of commemoration in public space (the pros and cons of a permanent memorial in the culture of remembrance), the Pillars of Memory will visualise, document and name critical aspects and thus initiate a process of debate and stimulate discussion.

This project is the preliminary stage of an artistic-scientific remembrance project, which is to be developed in co-operation with scientists and researchers and whose aim is to record as many names of the victims as possible over the next five years and to complete the column of names. In addition, the three Morris columns with their thematic focal points are to be artistically realised as artefacts in virtual space. The commemorative work is to be completed by the 35th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in 2029 and will be presented in Bunker 16, in the Brunnenpassage and in the virtual space during the project development.

DATES

OPENING
on Sunday, 7 April 2024 at 4 pm
Pillars of Memory, Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna

Project duration from 7 April to 4 July 2024

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Events in cooperation with the Brunnenpassage accompany the installation at the pillars:

The interrupted dream and trauma
PANEL CONVERSATION
Esther Mujawayo-Keiner, a Rwandan-German sociologist, trauma therapist and author,
and Ancilla Umubyeyi in conversation with Doron Rabinovici
Sunday, 28 April 2024 at 4 pm
Meeting point 1160 Vienna, Yppenplatz
Pillars of Memory
The conversation will take place afterwards in the Brunnenpassage

Resilience and reconstruction
READING
from the book Do Not Accept To Die by Dimitrie Sissi Mukanyiligira
Saturday, 25 May 2024 at 5.30 pm
Meeting point 1160 Vienna, Yppenplatz
Pillars of Memory
The reading will take place afterwards in the Brunnenpassage

Life goes on – we celebrate life
CONCERT 
Grand finale with Vusa Mkhaya and Band
Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard and Ancilla Umubyeyi together with Rwanda Diaspora in Austria invite you to the CLOSING EVENT of this project.
Friday, 28 June 2024 at 5.30 pm
Meeting point 1160 Vienna, Yppenplatz
Pillars of Memory
The concert will take place afterwards in the Brunnenpassage and is produced by Salon WOLLzeile in co-operation with Brunnenpassage.

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PRESENTATION
of our work on
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 3 and 5 pm
Pillars of Memory, Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna
as part of Erinnern in Zukunft StraßenKunstFest Preview – Open Air at Yppenplatz

Exactly one month before the StreetArtFest on Yppenplatz (8.6.), there will be a preview this year! The occasion is May 8th, the day of remembrance, which celebrates the official end of World War II in Europe. In this context, we will also focus on the bunker under Yppenplatz and discuss questions of plural remembrance in the future.

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More information on the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda >>> Genocide Archive of Rwanda

Information on the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, organized by the Rwanda Diaspora in Austria in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda >>> Invitation

Ancilla Umubyeyi 
comes from Rwanda and has lived in Austria since 1991. She is married and has two children. She is a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda. In 1994, around 1 million Tutsi were murdered within 100 days. Among them members of Ancilla’s family. As a survivor, she feels it is her responsibility to inform people about what happened in Rwanda and to warn them, as such events can happen again anywhere, any time. She also wants to restore the victims of the genocide’s dignity that was torn from them at the time.“My greatest wish, however, is that this genocide and its victims are not forgotten and that people learn from the mistakes of the past.” Ancilla Umubyeyi is a counsellor and committee member of Rwanda Diaspora in Austria.

Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard
Artist couple, inventor team, metteurs en scène
Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard married in 1998 and have worked together since 1996.

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The memorial project is being worked on in close cooperation with the Rwanda Diaspora in Austria.

ANALOGUE WORLD

The 3 analogue columns have a very reduced design. They are kept plain in a black light-absorbing colour. More information can be called up using QR codes.

VIRTUAL WORLD / artefacts

The centre of the artwork is a large virtual pillar, the name pillar, which is visible in the digital world. It shows the names of the victims who were given to us by Rwanda Diaspora in Austria. The names are also read aloud and can be heard via headphones. This artefact was realized in cooperation with SystemKollektiv and 3D artist Peter Várnai and can be viewed on the Artificial Museum platform (artificialmuseum.com).

The artefact can be accessed on site from 7 April 2024 with sound via a QR code, so a smartphone with access to mobile data and headphones are required. You will need to bring these yourself. >>> Click here for instructions

Note for Apple users:
IOS currently does not support augmented reality, to see and hear the artefact on Apple devices, please download the XR-browser in advance.

Model, detail

Model, detail

Model

Animation

Realization

Impressum

Artistic concept, idea and project organization
BELE MARX & GILLES MUSSARD

Initiated, commissioned and co-organized by
ANCILLA UMUBYEYI

DATES

OPENING
Sunday, 7 April 2024 at 4 pm
1160 Vienna, Yppenplatz
Pillars of Memory
Followed by a get-together in the Brunnenpassage

PANEL CONVERSATION
Esther Mujawayo-Keiner, a Rwandan-German sociologist, trauma therapist and author,
and Ancilla Umubyeyi in conversation with Doron Rabinovici
Sunday, 28 April 2024 at 4 pm
Meeting point 1160 Vienna, Yppenplatz
Pillars of Memory
The conversation will take place afterwards in the Brunnenpassage

PRESENTATION
of our work on
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 3 and 5 pm
Pillars of Memory, Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna
as part of Erinnern in Zukunft StraßenKunstFest Preview – Open Air at Yppenplatz

READING
from the book Do Not Accept To Die by Dimitrie Sissi Mukanyiligira
Saturday, 25 May 2024 at 5.30 pm
Meeting point 1160 Vienna, Yppenplatz
Pillars of Memory
The reading will take place afterwards in the Brunnenpassage

CONCERT
Grand finale with Vusa Mkhaya and Band
Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard and Ancilla Umubyeyi together with Rwanda Diaspora in Austria invite you to the CLOSING EVENT of this project.
Friday, 28 June 2024 at 5.30 pm
Meeting point 1160 Vienna, Yppenplatz
Pillars of Memory
The concert will take place afterwards in the Brunnenpassage and is produced by Salon WOLLzeile in co-operation with Brunnenpassage.

Free entry

Analogue monument
Realisation with Musou Black

Artefact/virtual monument
Realisation with The Artificial Museum (ARM), an initiative by the artist Litto/Daniela Weiss and programmed by Jascha Ehrenreich. ARM uses public space as a medium for art by means of a web-based augmented reality application. The artefact was realized in cooperation with SystemKollektiv and 3D artist Peter Várnai and can be viewed on the Artificial Museum platform (artificialmuseum.com).

The artefact can be accessed on site from 7 April 2024 with sound via a QR code, so a smartphone with access to mobile data and headphones are required. You will need to bring these yourself. >>> Click here for instructions

Note for Apple users: IOS currently does not support augmented reality, to see and hear the artefact on Apple devices, please download the XR-browser in advance.

Production
couscous & cookies, verein für elastische poesie
in cooperation with masc foundation, Brunnenpassage and Initiative Bunker 16

With friendly support of Musou Black and MA 59

The closing event and the concert on 28 June are supported as part of the Salon WOLLzeile by the
Stadt Wien Kultur 

The extension to the artistic-scientific remembrance project is sponsored by
Otto Mauer Fonds and the Bezirksvertretung – Ottakring, Bezirksvorsteherin Stefanie Lamp

In memory of Walter Arlen (died September 2023) and his, the DICHTER family 

Thanks to Roland and Richard Schütz of masc foundation,
Anne Wiederhold, Miki Podgorac, Srdan Ivanović, David Mathews and the Brunnenpassage team,
Litto / Daniela Weiss, Jascha Ehrenreich, Hidéo Snes und Peter Várnai von Artificial Museum (ARM),
Daniel Puschina of Musou Black, Cay am Yppenplatz, as well as Susanne Höhne, Dominique Fina, Susanne J. Györög, Hannah Singer, Brita Pohl, Matthias Adensamer, Doron RabinoviciEsther Mujawayo-Keiner, Dimitrie Sissi Mukanyiligira, Vusa Mkhaya, Timna Brauer, Katrin Jordan, Doris Danler, Christine Stromberger, Elvira Faltermeier, Elisabeth Blum and Elvira M. Gross

Links

*© Roland Schütz

Contact
bele(at)belegilles.com

More information on the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda >>> Genocide Archive of Rwanda

Information on the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, organized by the Rwanda Diaspora in Austria in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda >>> Invitation

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