Dangerous Games

Live art for Born, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014

Psychologists have coined the term “infantile amnesia” to describe the profound memory loss associated with the start of life. Indeed, infantile amnesia seems to create a paradox concerning the brain’s sensitivity to early experiences. From one viewpoint, there is considerable evidence that early experiences impact the development of the brain. Adult social behaviors, resistance to stress, and some language skills are clearly affected by what happens during the first stages of life. But if the brain is so strongly affected by these early days, why can’t we remember any of it?

How to keep your memories traceable?
How do we deal with those memories?
Does our family members work as mnemonic systems to recover events we've long forgotten, or do borrow us an illusion of memory with new memorabilia about a certain period of time?

Photo credits: Ellen Friis