A Space of Their Own: A case study advocating appropriation of the domestic interior for well-being

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This chapter discusses how scenographic (Hann, 2019; 2021) and design practices coupled with narrative concepts offered a means of ‘voyaging’ beyond the confines of living-spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. It does so through a French case study, which is conceptualised using the Embodiment-Projection-Role (EPR) model of dramatherapy (Jennings, 1998), and draws parallels with literary precedents. Employed in a programme of telehealth workshops, EPR was used to reconceive the domestic interior, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children in precarious socio-economic circumstances. Telehealth refers to all uses of telecommunications technologies to increase equality of access to healthcare (Collie & Čubranić, 1999). Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, use of tele-therapy has become commonplace as doctors and therapists turned to digital spaces to support patients and clients during periods of legally imposed ‘stay-at-home’ orders and curfews. Online interactions change the relational dynamics between therapist and client. Participants engage differently with the digital format and the content of the session or workshop; for example, asynchronous (pre-recorded) content enables them to progress at their own pace and convenience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteriors in the Era of Covid-19
Subtitle of host publicationInterior Design between the Public and Private realms
EditorsPenny Sparke, Ersi Ioannidou, Pat Kirkham, Stephen Knott, Jana Scholze
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781350294233, 9781350294240
ISBN (Print)9781350294219
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2023

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