To Echoworld Homepage

To Echo Germanica Homepage
May, 2006 - Nr. 5


The Editor
Paul Bernhard Berghorn
Austria - 3 Mal 3
48 Years Club Hansa
Stuttgart - Best Loved
BMW Student Awards
Inventor of the Year
Water Report Flawed
Merkel on Aerospace
Moratorium on Deportations
KW & Beyond
Herwig Wandschneider
In Memoriam Concert
Meet the Europeans
Der April Vortrag
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Not German?
Off to the World Cup
Stratford Summer Music
Living Arts Centre
Evening with Chopra
Events at Harbourfront
ALOUD & Milk Festival
Rebuild to Former Glory
Berlin Academy of the Arts
A Bitter Heritage

Not German? Get a German childhood online

  TWIG - A New Zealand artist with strong ties to Germany has put together a website where non-German visitors can have a German childhood created for them, or where German visitors can donate their own childhood.

That might seem like a load of poppycock in an era when national identity and immigration are hot topics, but what the website actually does is pose intriguing questions about how immigrants integrate into society.

The project by artist Joann Moar, who holds an art degree from the University of Cologne, consists of a databank where visitors to the website can store memories from their childhood.

With questions such as "When were you born," "What is your favorite color," or "What was your favorite book as a child?" the site focuses less on the experiences of childhood than on childhood identity.

Moar’s project is a personal one, since she herself immigrated to Germany in 1995. But no matter how long Moar lived in the country, she frequently found herself confused by references to characters and products that were popular in Germany decades ago. The website, she says, is the way she found to remedy her "lack of German childhood."

For the past few years, she has been traveling around Germany with her laptop and a portable stand adding German memories to her database.

Since starting the project, Moar has collected over 5,000 German childhoods - to be dispensed to whomever needs one.

For her ongoing project, which Moar calls a "work in progress," the 34-year-old artist will be awarded the Digital Sparks Award for media arts at a ceremony on May 12 at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe.
Republished with permission from "The Week in Germany"


Becoming German


To Top of Page

Send mail to  with questions or comments about this web site.
For information about Echoworld Communications and its services send mail to .

Copyright ©2010 Echoworld Communications