Helix ArCH has been a co-production with the international artist and film-maker Jordan Baseman and with residents at Earsdon Grange Care Home in North Tyneside. This has been a Wellcome Trust seed funded project co-designed with academics from Newcastle University's Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre (PEALS) and Bristol University's School of Clinical Sciences. The film made with Earsdon Grange, "La, la, la, la", has now been shared with residents and staff locally and is being presented nationally and internationally, along with research findings.
Professor Julian Hughes (a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry) and Dr Simon Woods (Co-Director, PEALS) have been Principal Investigators. The research question is how, and the extent to which, authenticity and citizenship can be realised in care homes for people with dementia during an arts programme.
Research Associate Dr Mabel Lie and New Media Curator Dr Dominic Smith were members of the arts research programme too.
Jordan Baseman says: I adopt 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.