This object deals with collective memory or the collective
repression of memory. The storing of memories from a physical-biological
point of view can be regarded as an ordering process. In this object everything
starts from a cube of four cage objects, which are placed in such a way
that they become more and more chaotic toward the outside and lose their
form. In the objects are placed fragments of photographs (Ellis Island,
fragments of telephone directories, tapes and historic letters of emigrants).
The cage object is suspended over a geometric, square, fragile table (body).
In one of the cages the following text by Adorno can be read: "The
second law of thermodynamics states that in nature there is a tendency
for information to get lost gradually." The loss of order which occurs
during the transformation of one form of energy into another (increasing
entropy!) is being translated into loss of memory of personal history.
On a small monitor on the inside of one of the cages a video can be viewed
which is documenting the walk through one of the empty deserted buildings
of Ellis Island - still showing traces of history - such as file cabinets
- stacked - opened, sherds of glass, medical equipment, tubs. The sound
is atmospheric sound of the actual steps. In the meantime - this building
is no longer existing - however it remains in the memories of people who
have experienced it.