Vergessenskurve / Forgetting Curve, 2013
Public Art Competition Fulda University and the State of Hessen
As its title indicates, Vergessenskurve is inspired by the graphics of the studies on the decline in memory retention in time by the German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus, who in 1885 extrapolated the hypothesis of the exponential nature of forgetting.
Vergessenskurve is a reminder of the significance of the collective memory consolidation process.
The site: Some of the buildings that comprised the campus of the University of Fulda created in 1974, were initially built and used as a military compound during three different epochs: by the Prussian Army, by the Third Reich, and during the Cold War as a Federal Border Police base (BGS). With the fall of the East German-West German border, the University of Fulda acquired this federal property. Vergessenskurve is the winning project for the Public Art Competition of Hessen, connected with the construction of the new campus of the University of Fulda.