Collected Memory

Collected Memory is a physical platform of sculptural, participatory installations that are made of recycled brass and paper. The predesigned papers function as an archive of participants’ individual experiences. Everyone can contribute by answering "share with us a time or situation in which you experienced loneliness (or disconnection with others)?" The contributors can write down their answers and place them into the work. On this page, you can read some of the answers.

Here you can also find statements from cultural sociologist Emilia Van Hauen, Curator, art critic, artistic director, and director of institutions, Jérôme Sans and Inspektør at Horsens kunstmuseum, Julie Horne Møller about the artwork, Collected Memory. 


I felt lonely my first day at school and was sure everything was wrong with me but I reacted as if I felt at home - and soon I forgot about it.
I feel lonely when im surround by many unfamiliar people and I tend to leave unnoticed.
I feel disconnected from others when I always have to be the initiator
I feel loneliness when I am overwhelmed by existential thoughts
I feel alone with my thoughts and problems as I dare not share them with anyone
I feel lonely when I see my friends hanging out om Instagram
I feel lonely new years eve and stress about getting invited to a party
I feel lonely when I Can see my friends are online but don’t answer my text
I feel lonely when I meet my childhood friends and realize I am not a child anymore
I feel lonely when I can’t recognize myself
I feel like I can’t escape my thoughts
I don’t feel safe when I’m by myself
I’m losing control over my body and mind
I’m scared of being alone with my thoughts
It helps when someone understands my trauma
It helps to have someone to talk to
I’m trying to stay calm and not let the anxiety control me
I’m just trying to breathe and tell myself I’m gonna be fine
I’m don't know who I really am
Loneliness means feeling distanced from myself


  • Emilia Van Hauen, cultural sociologist

    Without the others, we’re nobody. So concisely can mankind’s history be penned. For without the community, the individual does not exist

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  • Jérôme Sans, artistic director

    Collected Memory finds a very strong relevance in the current context of the 21st century marked by the obsessive return of the figure of the social body, the collective body in the post-covid era.

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  • Julie Horne Møller, Inspektør at Horsens kunstmuseum

    The work can be regarded as both: an aesthetic work of art, a sculpture, but it can also be experienced as a living, vibrating archive of human memories and memories that manages to create and facilitate connections between people.

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