Working with the fabulous Little Vintage Photography, over the last month we’ve been exploring the interplay between analogue and digital technologies, and how they can be used together to create really interesting learning opportunities, spice-up activities and specifically, how their relationship to one another can support our reminiscence… or Techniscence (as we like to call it!)… work in Dementia settings. With September being World Alzheimer’s Month it seemed like the perfect opportunity to team back up with our long standing partners, Belong Villages in Wigan to deliver some experimental workshops that put to the ideas we’ve been incubating into practice…
As part of MacMillan Coffee Mornings, we delivered a special Tea and Tech session in Belong, in which children from a local primary school came into the Village to support the delivery of a tea party were attendees used YouTube to search for and listen to their music memories. The children shared their tech skills with the older people attending the party, and chatted with them about how the music they were listening to made them feel and what memories it brought back. This resulted in some dubious dancing by all and a conga line through the Village!
Whilst this music madness was happening, Little Vintage Photography was busy exploring the wonders of analogue photographic practices with another group of children in the adjoining room. As part of this, the children explored how the physics of light help us to capture moments, prints and imagery and how such practices support memory recollection. The following week, we were in another primary school extending this idea further at another Tea and Tech party. At this party the children brought in their own photographs and chatted with Rachel from Little Vintage Photography about the memories and feelings attached to these moments in time. They then used instant photographic practices to produce new memory creations… all whilst becoming Dementia Friends courtesy of some insightful activities delivered by Belong… and of course, some cake was involved!
This little snapshot of some of the activities we have been working on, that combine analogue and digital practices, is just the start of what can be achieved when we look back at old tech and see how it can be integrated with today’s digital magic! We’re currently looking for support to continue these Techniscence practices on a wider-scale, supporting the development of more Dementia-friendly communities through the use tactile tech and digital delights… so watch this space!