An interactive audio-visual environment to raise awareness for, and stop the social stigma that can result from the diagnosis of Dementia.
My grandma suffers from Dementia and has been in care for many years now. She cannot remember any family members.
Using an Arduino, when the user moves closer to the projection, the photographs from my grandma’s photo albums will be shown. These photos are memories from her point of view and represent her life.
Recordings of monologues of people with Dementia will also play alongside music that changes depending on the distance of the user from the projection.
When the user moves quickly, the music becomes a distraction and the pictures change erratically. This is to represent people’s fears and unwillingness to listen to
and understand Dementia sufferers. It therefore represents people’s negative stereotypes of Dementia sufferers. When the user moves slowly, they can focus on the timeline of pictures and what is being said in the monologues.
The user can then use the imagery of the nostalgic photos of my Grandma and the stories in the monologues to create their own unique emotional experience by using their past life experiences to make connections between the sound and visuals.
This focusses the user on remembering the person, where the person could be someone that they construct mentally, making the experience unique and emotionally engaging.
"The tragedy of dementia is about memories. The distorted reality of present and past. That is what this impressive interactive audio-visual installation is about."