Team: Ruth Mateus-Berr (head), Cornelia Bast,
Antonia Eggeling, Elisabeth Haid, Pia Scharler and Tatia Skhirtladze
Institute for Art and Society
project is about integrating the potentials of arts-based research into the ongoing efforts to meet the challenges which dementia
brings to our societies. Some 10 Million people in Europe are suffering from dementia. By the year 2050 the number of people
with dementia is estimated to double. People with dementia suffer from societal stigmatization. Common tasks like shopping,
financial agendas and traveling to unknown places can be difficult for them. To avoid rejection and embarrassment they seclude
themselves from society.
The principle hypothesis of this research project is, that specifically created art and
design interventions can change the societal approach to dementia and improve the individual situation of people with dementia
and their caring persons.
On the societal level this project aims to develop art-based processes for changing the
sensory perception of persons without dementia and thereby raising the general societal awareness for the situation of people
with dementia. On the individual level the project aims to develop concepts for artworks, design products, interactive creative
social processes, performative interventions or other creative tools to increase the individual selfdetermination and self-confidence
of people. This should support people with dementia to remain an active part of society for a longer period of time.
Spending some time with people suffering from dementia, dialogues and interviews with experts, workshops on design thinking,
sensual workshops, narrative drawings, photographs, videos and public performances will be the methods applied.
social politics, therapies, caregiving and medicine come to their end, arts- and design-strategies aim to open up new perspectives
to people with dementia concerning their own capabilities and their situation within social environments. This is the particular
approach to the challenges caused by dementia.www.dementiaartssociety.com