Mariana’s Song is a piece of interactive cinema designed for people living with advanced dementia. The piece was developed in partnership with Woven Nest, a workshop-led theatre company who work with neurodivergent audiences and older people living in care homes. Delivered one-to-one, with a focus on non-verbal communication, Mariana’s Song is a bespoke experience guided by each resident, and so is different upon every viewing.
Residents interact with physical material props which tie in to 6 chapters of the film, lasting for any amount of time. Lighting, set design, music, soundscapes, and close facilitation by expert art practitioners reinforce the world of Mariana’s Song as people explore at their own pace.
So far, Mariana’s Song has been exhibited at National Glass Centre as part of Sunderland Culture’s festival of social prescription and is currently installed for a research residency in a local care home. Initial results from this installation have shown transformative results for residents who are usually unable to participate in creative activities.
This work was supported by Sunderland Culture and was funded by EPSRC as part of Centre for Digital Citizens.
Find out more at The Ageless Citizen website.
With thanks to all participants, residents, care staff, and activities coordinators.
Woven Nest Theatre: Poppy Crawshaw, Liv Hunt
Design Research Team: Henry Collingham, Jayne Wallace
Northumbria University Senior Technician: Johnny Hayes
Mariana's Song Filmmaker: Danielle Giddins
Textiles Artist: Alice Guthrie
Digital and Physical Product Design: Henry Collingham