THE MEMORY MAP - A Topology of Remembrance
The Jewish Museum Vienna has received a very special gift: the work Memory Map by the artist Nikolaus Gansterer (born 1974, who lives in Vienna and Berlin). The 2 x 3 meter three-dimensional “city map” was commissioned and donated by The Vienna Project and its director Karen Frostig.
Project Director Karen Frostig commissioned Nikolaus Gansterer to create a three-dimensional map as the default map for The Vienna Project’s Smartphone app, available for download here.
Gansterer designed the original using cut-out extracts from scanned letters of survivors from Vienna, that were collected by Karen Frostig from descendants of survivors living in the United States. This donation was made by Karen Frostig, Director of The Vienna Project, on behalf of Nikolaus Gansterer and is incorporated in the Jewish Museum Vienna permanent exhibition “Our City! Then to Now”. It links up with the city map at the start of the exhibition on the second floor, which shows the three Jewish communities of Vienna before 1945. Memory Map focuses in particular on the third Jewish community, the third-largest in Europe, which was destroyed between 1938 and 1945.
The artwork was presented on November 3, 2014 at Palais Eskeles as part of a podium discussion with Karen Frostig, Nikolaus Gansterer, Danielle Spera, and Werner Hanak.