Wendy presented two papers at the inaugural Movementis Conference at the Oxford University Examination Rooms in July. The first, “Somability: movement, independence and social engagement for adults with complex needs” reported on the design process and results of Somability, an interactive arts project that aimed to make movement irresistible. The second paper, co-authored with Lise Hansen, “Dancing in data: Representation, repetition and recreation” described our most recent work that examines the potential of computer vision and machine learning to generate novel person-centred, choreographic techniques for processing kinesthetic sensory stimuli. Although the conference had a scientific bias, both papers received positive feedback from those who appreciated the need for a “human” approach to movement research.
CARIAD CWTCH 9th November
‘Research and making are two ways of thinking that continually intercept one another. They are rolling practices, often convoluted, snaking, twisting and coiling together. Neither linear nor continuous, they involve a process of doing and redoing. It is an awkward, fascinating, uncomfortable and irritating process and sometimes completely unsuccessful. Ideas surface slowly, glimpsed intermittently, as if seen at the bottom of a very murky pond. Fishing without a net.’ Alyson Brien
We were really delighted to be joined by Professor Jeffery Wallace, from the School of Education. Jeff talked about his research interest in bibliotherapy, and as usual sparked lots of ideas in all of us. Jeff describes bibliotherapy as the use of literary texts – for example novels, short stories, poetry – for broadly ‘therapeutic’ purposes, within carefully selected contexts. Its principle of inclusivity is based on group practice and on reading aloud. The novelist Blake Morrison describes bibliotherapy as “an experiment in healing, or, to put it less grandiosely, an attempt to see whether reading can alleviate pain or mental distress.” No ‘critical’ prescriptions are made; instead, the space for reflection on texts offered by bibliotherapy is open, requiring only the sharing of responses for the purposes of mutual support and understanding.
We also welcomed artist Sue Hunt, who has been conducting fantastic inclusive arts projects in China, India, Australia and Zambia.
CARIAD’s Prof Cathy Treadaway recently talked about her research on designing for dementia and the LAUGH project on Ujima Radio. Listen here: Ujima Radio: Bristol Ageing Better (Babbers) show, from 33 mins.
Our Hand i Pocket event, Sewing in Suits, was held at Tec Marina on 13th October 2016. In collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, Age Cymru, Ty Hapus and Inspiration Wealth Management, we invited business people to join us at this ‘hands-on’ creative workshop to make Hand i Pockets and learn more about dementia.
Sewing in suits – flyer
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CARIAD’s LAUGH project recently presented the findings from their second workshop at the Design & Emotion conference in Amsterdam. Here is a link to the paper – ‘LAUGH: Designing to enhance positive emotion for people living with dementia.’
Members of the CARIAD team recently ran a workshop with the WAAG society and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences as part of the Design & Emotion conference. The workshop ‘Design for our future self’, explored new ways to give a ‘voice’ to users’ needs within the context of dementia. The workshop was held in the Theatrum Anatomicum in the centre of Amsterdam and looked at existing solutions and methodologies to explore the future scenarios of needs within the growing dementia landscape.
We were delighted to welcome Dr Gail Kenning from the University of Technology, Sydney Australia to our monthly cwtch meeting. Gail led a lively discussion on evaluation, particularly from her position as a practicing artist working in applied research. The idea that the terminology and range of methodologies for including participants as partners in research needs to change resonated with most of us, who still feel that the dominant perspective is to view participants as subjects. The possibility that the arts could provide a “third space” provoked suggestions from CARIAD members from all disciplines, and led to discussions how we might encourage our Masters students to have a more active role in our research. We shared ideas on the potential to offer a suite of Masters projects that would enable our students to collaborate, across disciplines, on CARIAD our project. More on this to follow….
The CARIAD LAUGH team recently attended the Well-Being 2016 Conference at Birmingham City University to present the paper ‘Designing for wellbeing in late stage dementia’.
The full paper will be uploaded soon.
Members of the CARIAD team supported the Alzheimer’s Society at The Vale of Glamorgan show, by running Hand i Pocket sessions. Visitors to the show were invited to stitch sensory textile pockets for people living with advanced dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society were on hand to offer advice and support.
Prof Cathy Treadaway’s work has been featured by Deborah Shouse on her blog ‘Dementia Journey’.
Read the full article here: ‘The Inside Story of Designing for Dementia’