Addie Wagenknecht

what we lost in the fire

What do the artifacts we choose to salvage or keep say about who we are?

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The words and objects seen in the projection are peoples answers when they were asked 'what would you take, if you had only a minute to save something from your burning home?' Users post their answers at and the answers are updated in the projection to the specific area which the object 'lived' within the homes architecture.
I am interested in the exploration of human artifacts, why do some object survive moves and others are discarded? Why do we choose to keep what we keep or what is the meaning we hold within the object?

The projection of words is projected on a piece of wood where they fall into where they 'lived' within their domestic environments. The floorplan of a house has been burned onto the wood symbolic of fire.