Memory/Entropy
Frankfurt, 2000

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.

Memory/Entropy