Forgotten Futures – Memories, Maps and Movement is an arts intervention project conducted in nursing homes in Liverpool city, where people living with dementia tell their stories (both reminiscent and imaginative) about their relationship with the city of Liverpool. The project explores themes of place, identity, maps, and how the movement of people - the disperse in particular - colour the fabric of any given city and ask bigger questions about patterns and placing of people globally. The city as a contested public and private space will be explored though movement, informed by the stories collected, and given an embodied response from graduate dancers. Their interaction with city space will be filmed, shown and form a central part of the presentation. The project also explores the art of cartography and how the brain reflects the intricacies of map making. The architecture of the city and the architecture of the mind will be explored through movement and storytelling.
The city is seen as a blueprint, a topography, a map – reviving, disrupting and making memories.
The public will interact with film, images, storytelling performance and discussions, all of which are informed by insights offered from people living with dementia in nursing homes. The overarching aim of the project is to integrate, and give recognition to, a minority sector of our community, where their voices can still be heard in a public domain. This project is designed to be intergenerational in approach.
With Liverpool Hope University, Hope Graduate Theatre Company, Dr Niamh Malone, Dr Kris Darby and Dr Sarah Black.