Artful Dementia

A Citizen Science Research Lab

Artful Dementia Research Lab (ADLab) is both a research and an intervention project financed by UiT The Arctic University of Norway. On the basis of situated interventions with the creative and performative arts the ADLab has a twofold goal:

(1) to advance knowledge on how to enact dementia beyond individual human loss

(2) to promote research-based cultural change and increase awareness on how to create meaningful reciprocal relations between people living with and without dementia.

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.

The Artful Dementia film is based on a set of video recordings collected at Bergsodden residential care home in February 2020. All those who wanted to participate had been informed about the broad outline of the project, and that the whole session would be filmed. All participants, and legally authorized representatives (next of kin) when needed, gave informed and proxy consent in advance. Furthermore, we collected consent by editing by watching the film together with the residents and their next of kin who all agreed orally to publish it publicly and make it available for researchers and others who want to change perceptions of dementia. ® Artful Dementia Research Lab / RESULT at UiT The Arctic University of Norway 2021 Citation: Lilli Mittner, Tiia Grøn, & Terje Bergli. (2021). Artful Dementia Film 2021. UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

ADLab webinars

ADlab webinar series is a format of scholarly conversation that brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines who are working on art & dementia. By making our conversations transparent and openly accessible we invite a broader audience to listen and take part in knowledge creation. All recording and data handling is declared with the panelists. #openresearch #consentbyediting #academickindness

#1 ADLab Webinar: Clothing the clown. Creative dressing in day-centre for people with dementia (Ruud Hendriks, Maastricht)

#2 ADLab Webinar: Challenging Perceptions of Old Age and Art (Ingrid Tranum Velásquez, Copenhagen) 

#3 ADLab Webinar: The situated/spatial ethics of dementia activism research (Professor Ruth Bartlett, VID Specialised University)

#4  ADLab Webinar: Dear future self with dementia. Articulating inclusive futures through letter writing (Annelieke Driessen, London)


How to engage in knowledge creation within ADLab? Foto: adlab
Digital Data Handling within ADLab Foto: adlab



  • Barad, Karen Michelle. 2007. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. E-Duke Books Scholarly Collection. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Bartlett, Ruth, Trude Gjernes, Ann-Therese Lotherington, and Aud Obstefelder. 2016. “Gender, Citizenship and Dementia Care: A Scoping Review of Studies to Inform Policy and Future Research.” Health & Social Care in the Community, March, n/a-n/a.
  • Basting, Anne. 2020. Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care. New York, NY: HarperOne.
  • Basting, Anne Davis. 2009. Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Bellass, Sue, Andrew Balmer, Vanessa May, John Keady, Christina Buse, Andrea Capstick, Lucy Burke, Ruth Bartlett, and James Hodgson. 2018. “Broadening the Debate on Creativity and Dementia: A Critical Approach.” Dementia, April, 1471301218760906.
  • Kontos, Pia, Alisa Grigorovich, Alexis P Kontos, and Karen-Lee Miller. 2016. “Citizenship, Human Rights, and Dementia: Towards a New Embodied Relational Ethic of Sexuality.” Dementia 15 (3): 315–29.
  • Latimer, J. E. (2018). Repelling Neoliberal World-making? How the Ageing-Dementia Relation is Reassembling the Social. The Sociological Review, 832–856.
  • Latimer, Joanna Elizabeth. 2011. “Home, Care and Frail Older People: Relational Extension & the Art of Dwelling.” In Perspectives on Care at Home for Older People, edited by Christine Ceci, Mary Ellen Purkis, and Kristin Björnsdóttir, 35–61. New York: Routledge.
  • Medeiros, Kate de, and Aagje Swinnen. 2018. “Social Connectivity and Creative Approaches to Dementia Care: The Case of a Poetry Intervention.” Resilience and Ageing : Creativity, Culture and Community, 65–86.
  • Swinnen, Aagje, and Kate de Medeiros. 2018. “‘Play’ and People Living With Dementia: A Humanities-Based Inquiry of TimeSlips and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.” The Gerontologist 58 (2): 261–69.
  • Zeilig, Hannah, Julian West, and Millie van der Byl Williams. 2018. “Co-Creativity: Possibilities for Using the Arts with People with a Dementia.” Quality in Ageing and Older Adults 19 (2): 135–45.



Articles and Book Chapters

  1. Mittner, L. (2021). Resonating moments. Exploring socio-material connectivity through artistic encounters with people living with dementia. Dementia, 20(7).
  2. Mittner, L., Dalby, K., & Gürgens, R. (2021). Re-conceptualizing the gap as a potential space of becoming: Exploring aesthetic experiences with people living with dementia. Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health, 3(1–2), 62–73.
  3. Mittner, L., & Gürgens, R. G. (2021). Situating an Art Intervention with People Living in a public space: Notes from the field. Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health, 3(1–2), 115–121.
  4. Lukic, D., & Mittner, L. (forthcoming). Significance of diffractive methodology: Multiple ontologies of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias within multisensorial co-creative entanglements.
  5. Lukić, D; Lotherington A. T. (2020). Fighting symbolic violence through artistic encounters: searching for feminist answers to the question of life and death with dementia: Confortini, C.C; Vaittinen, T. (eds) Gender, Global Health, and Violence: Feminist Perspectives on Peace and Disease, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. Post-print open access:
  6. Lukić, D. (2019). Multiple ontologies of Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice and A Song for Martin: A feminist visual studies of technoscience perspectiveThe European Journal of Women's Studies 2019. Pre-print open access:
  7. Lotherington, A. T. (2019). Feminist Theories and Later Life. In D. Gu & M. E. Dupre (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (pp. 1–3).
  8. Lotherington, A. T. (2019). Artful Dementia: Feminist Theory Applied.
  9. Lotherington, A. T., Obstfelder, A., & Ursin, G. (2018). The Personal Is Political Yet Again: Bringing Struggles between Gender Equality and Gendered Next of Kin onto the Feminist Agenda. NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research26(2), 129–141.
  10. Ursin, G., & Lotherington, A. T. (2018). Citizenship as Distributed Achievements: Shaping New Conditions for an Everyday Life with Dementia. Retrieved from
  11. Bartlett, R., Gjernes, T., Lotherington, A.-T., & Obstefelder, A. (2016). Gender, citizenship and dementia care: a scoping review of studies to inform policy and future research. Health & Social Care in the Community, n/a-n/a.


Conference Presentations, Poster & Workshops

  • Mittner, L. & Gürgens, R. (2021). Øyeblikk som betyr noe. Gode relasjoner som skaper langvarig endring. Webinarserie «Kunst og kreativitet i helhetlig omsorg» Del 2.  Nasjonalt Kompetansesenter for kultur, helse og omsorg og Verdighetsenteret, i samarbeid med Sykehjemsetaten i Oslo, 11. november 2021
  • Mittner, L. (2021). Don’t mind the gap – dance with dementia!. Nordic Arts & Health Research Network meeting 7th – 8th June 2021 (online)
  • Dalby, K., Mittner, L. &  Gürgens Gjærum, R. (2020). Verksted: Hvordan er vi sammen? Situert kunstintervensjon som mulighetsrom for mennesker som lever med demens. Kunst og velferd. En konferanse om kunstens plass i velferdsstaten 23.-24. april 2020, Oslo
  • Mittner, L., Lukić, D., & Lotherington, A. T. (2019). Workshop on Feminist Art Interventions | Shaping Spaces of Possibility through Co-Creative Action. Kjønnsforskning NÅ! Tromsø 13-15 Novembre 2019
  • Mittner, L., (2019). Situert kunstintervensjon som mulighetsrom. Aktiv deltakelse for mennesker som lever med demens. Aktive eldre og aktiv aldring 7. norske kongress i aldersforskning, Fornebu 24-25 Octobre 2019
  • Lukić, Dragana; Mittner, Lilli; Lotherington, Ann Therese (2019). Exploring transformative powers of the arts for societal change: reimagining life with dementia through co-creative artistic encounters. The Museum for All People: Art, Accessibility and Social Inclusion, Madrid. 2019-04-02 - 2019-04-05 2019.
  • Mittner, L., Lukić, D., & Lotherington, A. T. (2017). The Role of the Artist in Arts-Based Dementia Care. Poster at the 27th Alzheimer Europe Conference “Care today, cure tomorrow” 2017-10-02. Berlin.
  • Lotherington, Ann Therese; Obstfelder, Aud; Zuiderent-Jerak, Teun; Jerak-Zuiderent, Sonja (2017). Artful Dementia: Experimental Arts Interventions for Gracious Living. Dimensions of Ageing - A Multidisciplinary Seminar. The Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg, 26-28 September 2017 






Artful Dementia – A Citizen Science Research Lab

Artful Dementia Research Lab
Centre for Women’s and Gender Research
UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Postboks 6050 Langnes, 9037 Tromsø
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