A Puzzling Installation Simulates What It’s Like to Live With Dementia

A puzzling projection simulates what it’s like to live with dementia

In a room toward the back of the Venice Arsenale, videos project onto the floor of a pitch-dark room into a rectangle of light. The 16 films, each just 16 minutes long, all begin with hand-drawn architectural blueprints. But as the minutes unspool, the projections bloom into colorful, complex patterns. The effect is disorienting—exactly as its creators intended.

The installation, “Losing Myself,” is the Irish pavilion at this year’s Architectural Biennale. It’s meant to be a visual metaphor for the way people with neurodegenerative diseases experience the built environment. As a disorder like Alzheimer’s disease progresses, familiar places can grow increasingly foreign and confusing. The effect can be like living in a “continuous present tense,” say architects Niall McLaughlin and Yeoryia Manolopoulou, who designed the installation; you can never quite remember what room you came from, or plan what room you’ll go to next.

The effect is especially poignant in the Arsenale, because the blueprints all depict the Alzheimer’s Respite Center in Dublin—a building designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease. McLaughlin and Manolopoulou invited 16 architects to draft blueprints of the center on tracing paper atop a glass-topped desk, while they filmed the sketches from beneath. “We encouraged the drafters to study the building, but to allow their drawings to be influenced by their own memories and preoccupations,” McLaughlin says. “When you or I remember our experience, we rewrite the story, overlaid with other influences, thoughts and stimuli.” […]

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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