an interactive archive, public conceptual artwork, and action-research
study regarding the human capacity for remorse
A mobile booth and five nomadic backpack units roam public space in a
given community - below: Cambridge, England - collecting and displaying
anonymous regrets from local people to comprise a sociological database
of time- and site-specific sentiment in the community. In Cambridge,
after ten days collecting, local peoples' anonymous regrets were displayed
as large animated projections on the facade of the Cambridge
City Council Guildhall in the city centre Market Square.
Communally shared, but typically private recollections, each regret is like the
'tip of an iceberg', representing fragmentary evidence of a much larger hidden
narrative. Together on public display, their random juxtaposition and comic/tragic
interplay approaches the epic poignancy of a history poem or saga.
Cambridge Projections 3:44 >>
The REGRETS global archive is still growing and contains tens of thousands
of regrets in at least four European languages.
The next REGRETS local event anticipates a different alphabet.