It has been an amazing experience to portray Alzheimer the last 5 weeks. I’ve been blown away by their energy and positivity. This investigation into the everyday lives of people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, was conducted in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Copenhagen as part of the Codesign Master’s Program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.
This year’s theme in the codesign program was body dialogues, here Professor Thomas Binder explains his inspiration for this focus.
In design in general and in codesign in particular we are too often assuming that the body is unproblematically with us in what we are doing whatever we are the designers or those we collaborate with. But bodies participate in and transform our encounters as we experience and make sense of the worlds we live in. We age and learn through our bodies as we also become lifted or depressed when our embodied interaction with things and people around us exceeds what we imagine.
Using film as our medium we conducted in depth interviews with two Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones and participated in a “Memory Dance” for patients and relatives. Our experiences are documented in three short film portraits, which were co-created with our participants. The final portraits were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in Copenhagen to be used in creating dialogue and raising awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The heartwarming and inspiring story of Jutta & Jens, a couple living with Alzheimer’s disease in Hillerød, Denmark.
Christian and Marianne deal with Alzheimer’s disease by maintaining an active and full life.