An Act of Remembrance - Work in progress

By composer Karoline Skriver and painter Ulla Lundsgart

We see the piece as a darkroom developing different peoples´ memories from childhood, including the artists´ own – thus becoming a collective act of remembrance.

Both the process and the goal is about gathering and expressing a sum of peoples´ memories. Memories of a speciel kind  – where a more poetic, intense and sensorial awareness was present in the otherwise everyday life of childhood. We are seeking to express both the individual recollection and the common denominator of these kinds of memories. 

 

“Vär manniska en halvöppen dörr

Som leder til ett rum for alla.”

Af Thomas Tranströmer

“Every person is a door half open

Which leads to a room for everybody”

By Thomas Tranströmer

The two artists collect the memories through a number of facilitated art workshops with groups of adults all ages and from around the country. Memories of a certain intensity, memories of moments or conditions that reached beyond the private or biografical experience of the world. Moments of instinct, unity or transformation – where the soul looked out upon the world .

The memories are then used both as inspiration for the creation of the paintings and the music and as concrete quotes in the piece.

The Audience are instructed before they enter to experience the piece listening without saying anything for the duration of the piece. You walk around watching the paintings and the quotes while listening to the music played by the musicians.

After that you have the opportunity to sit down, close your eyes and recollect memories of your own. Letting the memory flow freely and inspired, hopefully writing something in the notebooks lying in the room – thereby contributing to the piece with a present resonans of your own remembrance.