What Memory Would You Miss?


A collection of memories that people would miss written in condensation on windows. People anonymously sent them to me via email.

I was working a lot with people with dementia. I wondered what happens to memories after they’re forgotten. And I thought whilst you can still remember, what memory would you miss? I went anywhere that there might be steamed-up windows (I live in Manchester, it has the perfect weather conditions) and left anonymous signs asking the public to think of a missing memory in condensation and send me a picture. 

It began in January 2013 as part of my process for making The Secret Life of You and Me, but took on a life of its own with a tea trolley that served cups of tea in exchange for memories written in the steam from the kettle. 

You can take a look at the complete archive here. This piece has been performed at Latitude Festival, Theatre in the Mill (Bradford), Vantage 3: Live Art Edition (Leeds), Chelsea College of Arts and Mildmay Park Care Home (London).