With Memory Loops, Munich is creating a virtual memorial for the victims of National Socialism. Michaela Melián’s audio work of art comprises 300 German and 175 English audio tracks which can be found on a map drawn up by the artist and downloaded free of charge. Each track is a collage of voice(s) and music thematically tied to a place in the former ‘Capital of the Movement’.

With her work Memory Loops, Michaela Melián has been awarded first prize in the art competition ‘Victims of National Socialism: New Forms of Remembering and Remembrance’ held by the Bavarian State Capital of Munich. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation / Radio Play and Media Art Dept.

Memory Loops is largely based on historical and recent material from victims of National Socialism and contemporary witnesses: witnesses of the discrimination, persecution and exclusion to which people in Munich were subjected under the NS regime. The reports and interviews have been transcribed and recorded by actresses and actors, with children reading the historical documents. These recordings have been embedded in an original musical score.

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