Art, Technology, Dance and Dementia

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Ninth episode of TECHnique podcast about Art and Dementia

Create Hub release a new TECHnique podcast about using art and technology with dementia patients.


Create Hub have released a new episode of their monthly TECHnique podcast. This episode is hosted by Samuel Fry, who talks to Brooklyn based artist and designer Sonia Li about her art, focusing on her current piece called Movement.

TECHnique is a podcast which includes conversations with artists about their work, how they have approached it using technology and what they learnt during that process. The previous episodes of TECHnique have covered a variety of artistic subjects, including: Interactive PlaysArt PracticeGamingSmall BusinessTwitterBotsDeath of PaintingFuture of Love and Sound Design.

The new episode, called “Art and Dementia” is primarily an interview between Fry and Li. Fry introduces the episode, by explaining that they will not discuss much detail about dementia itself, but instead the process of creating interactive artworks.


Sonia Li on science, neurology and art

Sonia Li is an artist that is currently designing an interactive, multisensory dance installation called Movement.

In the podcast, Fry and Li talk about creating art and then observing how audiences interact with it. Sonia Li explains that, “I think that’s my favourite part, listening to what people have to say” and that “It’s actually completely different to what I intend for it to be.” After being asked to expand a little further, Li gives the example that her art piece called Whale received a different response to the response that she expected. She continued to explain, “When they say it feels very peaceful and warm – I find it very strange.”

Sonia Li is also an experienced dancer, so some of the podcast explores the intersection of art and dance. “I’m still, very much, learning a lot about dance,” Li explains in the episode. “I actually had a really great dance class yesterday. I realised that if I just shift to the left I can make more room in the right side of my rib. That pertains to dance, obviously, but it also pertains to life. It’s like, when you are confronted by something that you want to do – you say, that this way is not going to work, but if I just shift over here there’s a lot of space over here. A lot of these things apply.”

Art and Dementia Podcast

The episode is called “Episode 9 – Art and Dementia” and it is available on iTunesSoundCloud and most podcasting apps. The podcast is the July 2017 episode of the monthly podcast.


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