Helix ArCH is a co-production of a work of art with residents and staff at a Residential Care Home in North Tyneside with internationally renowned artist, Jordan Baseman, seed funded by The Wellcome Trust. Academics from Bristol and Newcastle Universities will investigate how, and the extent to which, authenticity and citizenship can be realised in care homes for people with dementia during an arts programme.
Jordan "adopts methodologies used by journalists and oral historians, specifically combining recorded interviews with the literary device of creative non fiction. The core of my work is contained within voices. The recorded interviews are edited, transcribed into text and then reedited. The constructed narratives within the artworks are positioned from the perspective of lived experience: anecdotal first person narratives, academic expertise and speculative opinion are re-presented within the films/artworks and given equal weight seeking to question how we determine, as individuals and as organised groups of people, what gives our lives and our culture meaning". For more on his work see Jordan's website and Vimeo site.
Jordan's intention is to produce a hybrid form of expanded, experimental portraiture through combining various methods of creating and collecting narratives from moments of one-to-one conversations and encounters within the care home.