Generation Beta (EN)
„What do you know about your mother’s childhood, what about your father’s childhood?“ Generation Beta is a collection of perspectives, consisting of photographs & audios.
A glance into the future within a journey through the past. The vision is an ongoing archive, in which people age seven to 97 tell the life stories of their ancestors. Daughters talk about their mothers, sons about their fathers — collective memories. The conversations lead to the creation of a photographic portrait, addressing transmitted body language, inherited gestures and visible memories. The starting point is Vienna, a city between east and west and a city of different cultures, a place where significantly diverse perspectives of history collide. Generation Beta refers to the generation that is about to be born. Individual destinies are embedded in a context of complex world history. The project aims to give answers to the big questions: How do we break through the generational cycle? Where are the gaps, that give us space to act freely, in order to overcome trans-generational trauma? The reproduction of pain is easy — but how do we find a positive, empowering attitude towards our (immaterial) heritage? How do forwarded memories change throughout time? What is the future we want to live in, what decisions do we take consciously?
How does history echo within us, how do we build a ground for exchange and connection? All of us are born with a passed-on baggage, formed by the lived experiences of our ancestors — how can we reflect these words, gestures, traditions and lifestyles? And ultimately: what do we want to pass on to the upcoming generation Beta?