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In addition to the curatorial statement written by curator Ana Peraica, four texts have been specially commissioned for the Victims' Symptom project. You are invited to comment on these texts and discuss them with their authors during a live debate here in May 2008.

Victims' Symptom: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Culture - Ana Peraica (The Netherlands/Croatia)

  1. VictimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ...” is one of the most frequently used words by news agencies. It appears just as regularly in different languages (for example: victima/victimas, victime, sinister, supplicie, vittima, žrtva, viktimë, жертва, فريسة, ضحية, قتيل, (ש”ע) קרבן… ). Through the media, victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... become symbols of contemporary society, communicating society’s negative desire for revengeFrom a developmental perspective, desires for revenge may have important adaptive functions in order to help the patient contain anxieties associated with developmental tasks that have not been mastered .... So why does the mass media prefer to talk in terms of numbers of corpses, calculating them morbidly, with apparent disregard for the victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ...’ status? Does the number of victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... reported by the media’s “truth speaking” make any real difference? Is there a sophist paradox between a number and a mass of victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ...? From what point do we stop talking about victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... and start talking about genocideGenocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, racial, religious or national group ... and mass murder?

Force of trauma - Sezgin Boynik (KosovoKosovo is a region in the Balkans, presently under the ad interim control of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and protection of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Kosovo Force ...)

  1. “Force of traumaPsychological trauma can happen soon after witnessing or being the victim of a traumatic event ...” tries to show how some contemporary art scenes are influenced by recent traumatic eventPsychological trauma can happen soon after witnessing or being the victim of a traumatic event ...s. Case studies will specifically include contemporary art produced in KosovoKosovo is a region in the Balkans, presently under the ad interim control of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and protection of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Kosovo Force ... and in Diyarbakir. Sezgin Boynik will analyse and compare art produced in these two regions in order to show how some historical circumstances have an effect on transforming traumatic experiences. He will also try to show how some artists from KosovoKosovo is a region in the Balkans, presently under the ad interim control of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and protection of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Kosovo Force ..., where traumaPsychological trauma can happen soon after witnessing or being the victim of a traumatic event ... is relatively in the past, are silencing the effects and memory of their traumatic experiences. He uses the theories of Shoshana Felman to analyse young artist Jakup Ferri from KosovoKosovo is a region in the Balkans, presently under the ad interim control of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and protection of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Kosovo Force ... and to compare his practice with the artist and writer Sener Ozmen from Diyarbakir.

Regarding One’s Pain: The 100 ShaheedIn Arabic etymology the word has three meanings: a faithful witness, one of the 99 names of God, and a person dying for a cause, connoting bearing witness in one's flesh ...-100 Lives MemorialA memorial is an object which serves as a memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event ... exhibition - Adila Laïdi-Hanieh (Palestine)

  1. “Regarding One's Pain: The 100 ShaheedIn Arabic etymology the word has three meanings: a faithful witness, one of the 99 names of God, and a person dying for a cause, connoting bearing witness in one's flesh ...-100 Lives MemorialA memorial is an object which serves as a memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event ... exhibition” is a reflection/updated curatorial statement on the art exhibition 100 ShaheedIn Arabic etymology the word has three meanings: a faithful witness, one of the 99 names of God, and a person dying for a cause, connoting bearing witness in one's flesh ...-100 Lives organised by Adila Laïdi-Hanieh in 2001 in Ramallah, focusing on the first 100 civilians killed by Israel at the start of the second Intifada (2000-2005). The text explains the demarche behind the exhibition, its organisation, the conceptual and curatorial pitfalls and elaborates on the reception of the exhibition.

Blogs as Self-Management Tools - Geert Lovink (The Netherlands)

  1. So far blogging has primarily been defined as “citizen journalism”, thereby portraying the blogger as a would-be journalist whose aim is to be part of the news industry. In contrast, the focus of the media blog software is analysed as “self management tools”. Blogs have a unique mix between the private and the public. As mass publication tools of “distributed subjectivity” blogs are an ideal therapeutic instrument for those who see their private “illness” as a public affair. What does it mean when therapy becomes a techno-social arrangement?

Niemand zeugt für den Zeugen - Stevan Vuković (Serbia) (“Levi’s paradox”, cultural and political representation of the victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ..., and the secondary witnessA witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge about a crime or dramatic event through their senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching) and can help certify important considerations to the crime or event ... problem, from Auschwitz to SrebrenicaThe Srebrenica massacre was the July 1995 killing of an estimated 8,000 Bosniak boys and men, in the region of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS), under the command of General Ratko Mladic' during the Bosnian War ...)

  1. “We, the survivors, are not the true witnesses,” writes Primo Levi, one of the survivors of the HolocaustHolocaust is the term generally used to describe the killing of approximately six million European Jews during World War II, as part of a program of deliberate extermination planned and executed by the National Socialist (Nazi) regime in Germany led by Adolf Hitler .... According to him, the only true witnesses are the ones who, unlike the survivors, have “touch[ed] bottom”; those who “saw the Gorgon” and “have not returned to tell about it or have returned mute”. What Agamben calls “Levi’s paradox” is the paradox that the survivors are the only ones who can speak for the ones who, as real victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ..., have been silenced. There is a whole wave of theoretical discourse today describing something like “raw humanity and pure helplessness”, or “anonymous corporeality and speechlessness”. This is regarded as the only core of what we, as humans, are, claiming to be unrepresentable, and contextualising every witnessing of a victimIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... as falling into the trap of the secondary witnessA witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge about a crime or dramatic event through their senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching) and can help certify important considerations to the crime or event ... problem. Then, if, as Christian Schneider writes “the position of the secondary witnessA witness is someone who has firsthand knowledge about a crime or dramatic event through their senses (e.g. seeing, hearing, smelling, touching) and can help certify important considerations to the crime or event ..., [is] that of the initiated, the inducted” and that it is “essentially priestly, shamanistic”, is it all possible to keep the memory of the victimsIn different sciences the term victim has different meanings. The term is most often use in criminology, religion, psychotherapy and New Age context ... in any system of signs that is related to the field of political and cultural representation?