Counting Memories is a site-specific installation made by Chiharu Shiota for the Silesian Museum.
The artwork is a reflection on what makes us human and how our memories build our identity, all within the context of the region of Upper Silesia. In the artist's own words, 'The interconnected string displays our connected history. Each number defines us individually but also connects us universally. Numbers comfort us, we share dates that are important to us, and they help us understand ourselves. Our history is collected through numbers. In this way, the intertwined string reflects our history, while the numbers, which are scattered sporadically like the stars above Katowitz, represent the most meaningful dates we know.'