On the initiative of »Bürgerschaft«, the legislative assembly of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the senate set up a competitive bidding for the design of a »Gedenkort für die Deserteure und andere Opfer der NS-Militärjustiz« (memorial for deserters and other victims of the National Socialist military justice).
The Berlin based artist and participant of documenta-IX Via Landowsky was asked among other renouned artists such as Olaf Menzel and Ilya/Emilia Kabakov to take part in the competition. For his contribution he asked Peter Zizka for support.
Two different elements emerged from the collaboration. They offer possible solutions on how to account for the topic, while pointing out the unrepresentability of the crimes at the same time:
For one thing the so called »76er-Denkmal« (Monument of ’76) located at Dammtor Hamburg was covered with a permanent yet temporary looking scaffolding, for another thing a logo, resembling an archivally perforated sheet of paper, was developed that served as informative as well as a commemorative plaque. An app and a website medially supported the memorial.