With her newest project titled Collected Memories, Mille Kalsmose originative entwines the artwork and its observer through performative processes.
Viewing contemporary art, very often we find ourselves standing outside - we become spectators, mechanically gazing at the artwork. The work becomes the artist’s imprint, which the viewers observe at a distance. With Collected Memories Mille Kalsmose is able to take us a step further - the viewers move away from being passive observers and become active participants. The interaction between the work and the audience arises through the concrete, physical act of writing down memory and archiving it in the work.
This interaction between viewers and the artist becomes extremely important since Mille Kalsmose allows the project to be free of interpretation and a predetermined context, leaving the work to the viewer. Thus the viewer becomes an essential part of the creative process and contributes to anchoring the work to its physical location and surrounding framework.
In Mille Kalsmose's practice, one of the most important elements is the interaction between the body, matter, and the viewers, which is also clearly reflected in Collected Memories. 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 across the globe.