Using gesture, language, and existing 3D objects, a small group of residents with Dementia at Kiresebærhaven in Copenhagen Denmark contribute toward the design of several personalized, 3D virtual spaces in which they can project imaginary events, dynamics and movement.

The idea of creating usable navigable space comes from the idea that movement and navigation is tied to personal agency. A person with limited navigable space and physical agility due to dementia and due to the restraints of living in a care facility can still benefit from a safe space in which he or she can interact. This project is one of a series that attempts to look at ways in which the creation and interaction with a semi-immersive space can assist in bringing out aspects of the self, hidden due to constraints mentioned above. In future iterations of the project, my aim is to work with intergenerational members of a family to create an interactive space in which a person with Alzheimer’s can “play” and interact with a grandchild or other family member.

This work has implications in realms of philosophy, heath, art and Alzheimer’s research.

Video, part 1: Grethe