This exhibition was designed to draw more public attention to the subject of dementia. The exhibitors packed the somewhat uncomfortable topic into a context from which they hoped that it would be more frequented by a possible audience. From these thoughts emerged „Memento“ – an exhibition about the phenomena and mechanisms oft he human mind.
Moreover, Memento was especially developed to be exhibited in a retirement home, in order to re-enable affected persons to participate more in public life.
While external visitors obtain information about the human memory in an interactive way inside the exhibition, the residents of the retirement home recognize familiar faces, photos, voices or items, which form the basis of the exhibits.
A candle visualizes the „First-In-Last-Out-Principle“ by means of photos falling down from the ceiling; a talking armchair demonstrates the effect of flashbulb-memories by use of the residents’ stories; a magnetic memory-game on the wall links motives of bygone days with information on the power of recollection. These are examples for exhibits of the „grey cells up there“ – exhibits that build a bridge between the retirement home’s residents and the visitors of the exhibition.
Concept and Design:
Prof. Ton van der Laaken
Graf-Recke-Stiftung in Cooperation with FH Düsseldorf
Haus der Diakonie Rheinland-Westphalen-Lippe, Düsseldorf