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Co-creating Meaningful Spaces: Stepping into Virtual Worlds Crafted by People Living with Dementia

Cheung, Ethan, Ppali, Sophia, Otkhmezuri, Boris, Thomas, Clare L, Covaci, Alexandra (2023) Co-creating Meaningful Spaces: Stepping into Virtual Worlds Crafted by People Living with Dementia. In: Designing Interactive Systems Conference. DIS '23 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. . pp. 81-85. ACM (doi:10.1145/3563703.3596645) (KAR id:102104)


This paper presents a unique artistic endeavour that aims to foster an understanding of the profound impact of space, place, and human connection through the lens of individuals living with dementia. Our work involved a five-week co-creation process, comprising twenty sessions, where forty-four participants collaborated with artists to craft four physical boxes representing "Meaningful Places." These boxes were then transformed into immersive Virtual Reality (VR) environments, inviting the participants to engage with their creations in an entirely new way. The art installation during the DIS 2023 Art exhibition features the VR experience alongside the physical boxes our workshop participants created. With this, we invite viewers to step into the worlds imagined and crafted by those living with dementia, but also explore them, in a celebration of the unique perspectives and experiences of those who made them.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3563703.3596645
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
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Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2023 08:46 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2023 08:46 UTC
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