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Art experiences linked to cognitive degeneration

Art against memory-loss laboratory


Thursday 12 Dec. 2019

Thousands of cases of dementia are diagnosed every day, and most of them involve Alzheimer’s. In Spain alone, an estimated 400,000 people are affected by the disease and, due to the ageing population, this number could reach 650,000 by 2030. These morning and afternoon sessions will connect art and memory, and professionals from the culture sector will offer participants tools that they can employ in their professional life.

The Art against memory-loss laboratory. Art experiences linked to cognitive degeneration is designed for people who work in the museum and culture sectors, the health sector, cultural and social administrators, experts in development cooperation and social actors, as well as people already affected by cognitive decline and their carers and families. Limited number of places available.

Registration is free, at educacion@mpicassom.org 

PROGRAMME

I.MORNING SESSION
Time: 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
In this first session there will be three practical workshops, each coordinated by specialists in the clinical, artistic and cultural sectors. Each participant can choose to attend one of the workshops, which all take place at the same time.

Art, science and Alzheimer, by Halldòra Arnardottir
Art and Culture as Therapy for Alzheimer project
Halldòra Arnardottir holds a PhD in Art History and is the coordinator of Art and Culture as Therapy for Alzheimer. The project was developed by the Dementia Department of Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, and connects a variety of Spanish and international agencies online, opening up the Alzheimer’s debate to a new line of research in which science is accompanied by art. Language: Spanish

Artistic Intervention and Alzheimer’s, by Daniel Bagnon 
From Bubble project
Daniel Bagnon is a Spanish artist whose work focuses on the development of integrated experimental projects in different cities and countries around the world. The projects analyse subjects involving human identity, the brain, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, women and the environment. His From Bubble project analyses the structures of a brain that is losing its ability to connect its neural network due to the progressive decline caused by Alzheimer’s, and the way in which this brain perceives its own world and surroundings. Language: Spanish

The museum as a space for action against Alzheimer’s, by Irene Balzani and Michela Mei
A più voci project
Irene Balzani is from the Department of Education at the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence and, along with geriatric educator Michela Mei, she runs A più voci – With Many Voices. The project is one of the pillars of the educational work of Fondazione Strozzi, which works with people affected by Alzheimer’s and their families and carers. It aims via art practice to give visibility to the many different voices surrounding this disease. Language: English

II.AFTERNOON SESSION
Time: 4.30 pm to 7.00pm

Conclusions from the workshops and a debate based on questions such as: How can art have an impact on cognitive degeneration? How does art practice approach issues such as memory and memory loss? How can cultural organizations set up programmes that engage in the fight against cognitive degenerative diseases?

Speakers: Halldòra Arnardottir, Daniel Bagnon, Irene Balzani and Michela Mei
Language: Spanish/English. Simultaneous translation.

In collaboration with Obra Social “la Caixa”.

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