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Site analysis and workshop at the Falstad Memorial and Human Rights Center, Norway, May 2018
The ICACCESS team convened in Falstad, on the premises of the former SS prison camp (1941-1945). Both prior to that, and after the 1945-1949 interval when former collaborators were interned, Falstad functioned as an educational facility (The Falstad Reformative School and Ekne State School). Given the perspective it employs concerning its history, and the explicit framing of memorialization on site through human rights and education, the Falstad Memorial prompts a new configuration of memorial debates for the research conducted in the project. From the perspective of framing a former space of political violence, the site problematizes the usages and constraints of what today is acknowledged as a transnational human rights paradigm. It equally evokes the tensions triggered by attempts to reconcile the ethics of remembrance set by the voice of victims and survivors with a collective and future oriented memory discourse. During the workshop, the team investigated both the representations on and of the site, and discussed possibilities of broadening and modulating existing perspectives by incorporating perspectives on areas still separated from the memorial as such: the forensic traces in the forest, the stone quarry used for forced labour. The side event of the workshop focused on the wider debate on digitality and memorial practices, in particular in spaces of “negative heritage”. Members of the ICACCESS consortium reflected on usability and representatives of the Bergen Belsen and the Westerbork Memorials discussed their recent experiences with the educational tools developed by ICACCESS team members in Barcelona. During this event, a prototype of a VR rendering of the original architecture and scale of the SS camp in Falstad (developed in the ICACCESS framework) was evaluated by a selected target group of museum and educational professionals.