Lost & FoundThis Investigation leaves lost objects in public spaces to be found again by passers-by, thus creating a community of seekers and finders.

Denise works with local artists to gather together over 200 old and worn objects. Each object is tagged with a message that testifies to something lost. “I lost my grandfather”, “I lost my virginity”, “I lost my language”, etc.

Objects are returned to a central location, such as a local department store, theater, or community-based organization.

This project encourages public discussion of loss, memory, and individual and collective faith. Recently conducted in Helsinki, Finland (International MuuMedia/AV-Arkki/Kiasma Museum), with visuals by Lee B.

This project evolved from an interactive installation collaboration between Denise Uyehara, Jeff Matsuda, Lee B., John Song and Veronica Ko as Artistic Director (curated by Young Soon Min, Korean American Museum, Los Angeles, June 1997-January 1998). During this project, viewers wrote down messages of things lost onto papers, dropped them into an empty kimchee jar, followed a dotted line to to the other side of the museum, where they found another jar and pulled out message containing someone else’s loss.

Lost & Found (1998) | 1998 | Performances and Activities