Fri, 26 Apr5 pm
Presentation, Talk and Filmscreening
Cover, discover, recover: Forty years after the civil war and the genocide by the Khmer Rouge (1975-1979), Cambodia is slowly emerging from the war trauma. During the Vietnam War, this neutral country was drawn into the game of the great powers, two decades of war throwing it off course.
An art project in Vienna gets to grips with the issue, with a documentary and artistic camera work, touching upon the unspeakable and astonishing with original ideas for coping with everyday life. Culture is part of it. Cambodian people love music. As part of Indochina, Cambodia was a French colony, independent since 1953. Phnom Penh was extensively linked with the cultural centres of Europe and America and, supported by Prince Sihanouk, produced rock and pop music in the Khmer language. The project re/dis/cover may also be called: Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll, the title of the central film and pars pro toto for this Cambodia celebration in Vienna.
Meeting Point: WMW Forum
Order of events:
5.15 pm - 6.30 pm
Short lecture by Ursula Baatz, "Cultural Memory" (Philosophy), followed by a conversation with Klaus Rink, Sophorn Ban, Jana Irlenkäuser, Ursula Baatz. Moderation: Gertrude Moser-Wagner.
6.30 pm - 8 pm
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll, film by John Pirozzi, 2014, 105 Min.
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll, about the astonishingly modern, independent music scene of the 1960/1970s and how this self-portrayal of youth had to change abruptly through civil war and the Pol Pot regime. An evening at the Vienna World Museum, using Cambodia as an example, poses intercultural questions about this lively and touching film. It is about the perception of a damaged country between modern and religious (Buddhist) culture as well as a contemporary artisan tradition. Artists in the country are rare and tend to be quite self-censoring. Art as a lifestyle is still rare in the now vibrant capital Phnom Penh. Today's generation assembles its lost identity from fragments of its recently shattered tradition, posing questions to the parents' generation. This is easily recognised by the Europeans; this is what is common for us.
Medienwerkstatt Wien (exhibition) and Weltmuseum Wien (lecture, discussion, film) as well as ORF Kunstradio in cooperation with Meta House Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the Khmer Community Vienna.
Concept: Gertrude Moser-Wagner
For further information:
Medienwerkstatt Wien: http://www.medienwerkstatt-wien.at/
Gertrude Moser-Wagner: www.moser-wagner.com; www.taste.at
Nico Mesterharm (D/KH): http://meta-house.com/main/about/people
John Pirozzi (KH): http://www.dtifcambodia.com/
Ursula Baatz: www.ursula.baatz.at
Klaus Rink: https://weltwach.de/die-seele-der-seide/
Kim Hak (KH): http://www.kimhak.com/stories/
Khvay Samnang (KH): https://www.cobosocial.com/dossiers/khvay-samnang-the-way-to-the-spirit/
Sopheak Sao (KH): https://simaclassroom.com/films/two-girls-against-the-rain
Stefanie Wuschitz: http://grenzartikel.com/projects/