Mariana's Song: Materializing Personhood through Non-Linear Multisensory Experiences Designed for People Living with Advanced Dementia

Henry Collingham, Jayne Wallace, Poppy Crawshaw, Liv Hunt

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Mariana's Song is a multisensory experience for care home residents unable to take part in regular activities. Designed to support Personhood through a blended physical/digital installation, it is a user-led experience, centered around video and closely facilitated in concert with expert arts practitioners. The narrative and duration of the interaction is guided by each resident, unique on each viewing, which includes ‘sensory props’ that guide each resident's experience and stimulate the senses to create a transformative space. We provide a worked example of digital, physical, and spatial design decisions taken to reinforce Personhood for residents with advanced dementia. We present learnings from 106 sessions, facilitated one to one between Artists and residents. We contribute to the literature around designing to Materialize Personhood, informed by Kitwood's 12 key characteristics, as well as Parametricism, a novel approach to non-linear experiences, to support the unique needs of people with advanced dementia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '24: Proceedings of the 2024 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
EditorsAnna Vallgårda, Li Jönsson, Jonas Fritsch, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Christopher A. Le Dantec
Place of PublicationNew York, US
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9798400705830
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2024
EventACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS): why design? - IT University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 1 Jul 20245 Jul 2024


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
Abbreviated titleDIS 2024
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