The Artful Dementia Research Lab at UiT The Arctic University of Norway conducts research on innovative understandings of ageing and dementia. On the basis of experimental interventions with the creative and performative arts our researchers investigate other ways of living with and relating to dementia. Series of art interventions become thereby a mode of social science knowledge generation. Through developing a new conceptual repertoire, research conducted within the Artful Dementia Research Lab contributes to complementing medical and pharmacological interventions with experimental art interventions that are sensitive to socio-material dimensions of everyday life.
~ carrying out a series of arts interventions (fine arts, music, drama) with people living with dementia and their next of kin on the basis of a practice-based fieldwork approach
~ analysing the processes the interventions evoke and inquiring into the on-going research process
~ merging relational aesthetics with new material feminist theory
~ developing a theory-methods package on situated art interventions based on sociological and artistic accounts
Privious and upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars in which UiT's Artful Dementia Research Lab presents scientific work and connects to a variety of research communities.
Kunst og velferd. En konferanse om kunstens plass i velferdsstaten 23.-24. april 2020, Oslo
Last Chapter: A Late Life Festival 19.-20. June 2020, Bergen
Embracing difference – investigating other ways of living with and relating to dementia through theoretical conversations and practical arts interventions: Revisiting Donna Haraway’s “The Promises of Monsters: A Regenerative Politics for Inappropriate/d Others”. 2.-3. September 2020, Tromsø
The Museum for All People: Art, Accessibility and Social Inclusion. International Conference 4.- 5. April 2019, Madrid
ESA Conference 2019, SP07: “Ageing in Europe: Agency, Citizenship and the Dynamics of Power” 20. - 23. August 2019, Manchester
Dimensions of Ageing – Multidisciplinary Seminar, 27. Septembre 2017, St. Petersburg
27th Alzheimer Europe Conference “Care today, cure tomorrow”, 2. - 4. October 2017, Berlin
2016 4S/EASST conference „Science and technology by other means: Exploring collectives, spaces and futures”´, 31 August - 3. September 2016, Barcelona
23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology 19. - 22. June 2016, Tampere
Gender Studies in Debate: Pathways, challenges and interdisciplinary perspectives INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS, 25. - 27. May 2016, Lisboa
Our work in the ADlab will not only contribute to new theories but also to ontological shifts in thinking of democratic societies: who may participate in what ways, through what forms of agency, with what kind of influence. A consequence will be a shift in understanding of people with dementia towards potential agentic citizens. The advanced situated arts intervention theory-methods package will influence the research practice of the qualitative research community.
The knowledge the project produces may have substantial impact on institutions, individuals and society. Local institutions and communities’ abilities will increase to open up civic spaces for societal participation and agency for people with cognitive difficulties in cooperation with partners and artists in artistic encounters. The long-term, accumulative impact will be more open, inclusive democratic societies. The lab will provide a knowledge base for creative arts-based business development.