Melbourne Design Week Workshop – Participate, Co-create, Advocate: Amplifying voices for Aged Care Quality

Workshop Details:

When: Fri 19 May, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: The Hangar, RMIT University, Building 516, 25 Dawson Street, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
Tickets: FREE, Booking Required

About the Workshop:

Guided by social and interaction designers, participants get hands-on experience translating policy submissions (from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety) into emotive and engaging found poems, integrated with visuals to become a collaborative digital art installation. This event is held as part of Melbourne Design Week 2023 and comprises:

(1) a 1 hour facilitated poetry workshop that guides participants through the process of creating both found/erasure poems and original lyric poems about ageing and aged care,

(2) a 1 hour facilitated interactive visual design workshop which guides participants on subsequent visual interpretations of poetry snippets through collages from media images and composing text strings for machine language algorithms to generate imagery; with text and image subsequently being published (live) into a collaborative interactive artistic visualisation installed in the workshop space.

The event – at the intersection of social justice, policy, design, and art – aims to galvanise the public to engage with aged care, and our personal and societal stake in it. In 2020, the Royal Commission delivered highly distressing findings and responding to these is a singular opportunity to reform Australian aged care and redress the marginalisation of aged care residents—a vulnerable demographic whose voices too often go unheard. However, the stories of neglect, abuse and change shared are not resonating with the public in their current form. In this workshop, we share techniques and outcomes to show how innovative art and design can provide older Australians with more visibility in aged care policy debates.

Participants do not need any specific prior experience, just curiosity and eagerness to explore how arts and design might trigger social change and engagement with issues of ageing and aged care.

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Start Date: 19/05/2023 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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