Challenging the way we look at things
11 October, 2012 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Chowen Lecture Theatre, BSMS Teaching Building, University of Sussex, Falmer - BN1 9PX
Stop frame animation as a therapeutic communication tool. A presentation with film clips made with people living with dementia, followed by Q&A with the film-makers.
Zoe Flynn and Bo Chapman of Salmagundi Films will demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of stop frame animation and explain why it is an especially empowering activity for people with cognitive impairment.
Using simple software on laptops and personal objects as triggers for narrative, people with dementia can animate their memories ' to life'. It is not only a physical activity where new skills are acquired and developed, but also an intrinsically valuable form of creative expression, an affirmation of one's sense of self.
In their most recent project with Housing 21 Research and Development, staff training and family involvement was an intrinsic component. A comprehensive evaluation of the impact of Frames of Mind® revealed significant positive outcomes for all participants - residents, staff and family carers - in terms of communication, empowerment, well being, cognitive abilities, relationships and person-centred care.
Bo and Zoe invite discussion about other potential environments where Frames Of Mind® could be applied.
Salmagundi Films is a production company founded in 2004 by Zoe Flynn and Bo Chapman which specialises in mixing film and animation to produce films that raise awareness and challenge the way we look at things.
Commissioned by organisations such as Shelter, The Children's Society, Newham PCT and the Arts Council, their work seeks to promote inclusion and provide a platform for creative expression for people of all ages and abilities.
Over the last 5 years Salmagundi Films have been working extensively with older people and people with dementia using film and animation as an empowering communication and life story tool. They have called this concept Frames of Mind®
Their films have been presented at 3 successive National Dementia Congresses and this year at The SONAS Conference Dublin, Canterbury Christchurch University and The Capital Age Festival London 2012.
Their article 'Frames of Mind® - telling personal stories through animated films' was featured in The Journal of Dementia Care (Nov/Dec 2011)