Zikaron (2010, 2 minutes, 3D computer animation)

In Zikaron, the abstract 3D computer animation that serves as a light to remember and honor those who perished in the Holocaust, Burns employs digital technology to mediate memory and create a representation of his postmemory of the Holocaust.  The fire and fragmentation of glass in Zikaron recall Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and the many other violent pogroms against the Jewish people in Germany and across Europe.  Burns’s use of digital media art to visualize, contextualize, and memorialize the tragic events of Kristallnacht helps open a space for the postmemorialization of the Holocaust.