This week ArtHouse Jersey is looking for older people in our community who have had to shield during the pandemic and may wish to receive a Memory Box – a magical immersive arts experience contained within a box. The project will be launched next week with boxes being safely delivered to participants’ front doors every day for two weeks from Monday 8 March 2021
The arts charity is welcoming recommendations from friends, family, loved ones or interested potential participants themselves.
The Memory Box project is an ArtHouse Jersey commission designed by digital artist Thomas Buckley to reach older members of our community who may be lonely or socially isolated, by bringing a unique theatrical experience directly into people’s homes, without the need for a single person to cross the threshold, thereby being deliverable within all COVID restrictions.
Once opened and activated, each Memory Box brings a story to life through multimedia, multi sensory technologies, such as sound, projection and materials that engage all the senses. Not only will the real life story, experiences and memories of a fellow islander be shared and animated in this unique way, but the participants themselves will become absorbed into it through their senses. Whether it’s hearing the same sounds, smelling the same smells and tasting the same tastes, the participant will be able to connect to the narrative on a visceral level as they are taken through the experience step by step by audio/visual cues and narration.
The whole experience will be warm, friendly and accessible and will be practical in design and aesthetic as well as clear and simple to use. ArtHouse Jersey will be working with volunteers across the Island who will help deliver these boxes directly to people’s front doors. All COVID restrictions and guidelines will be adhered to, including the cleaning of the boxes each time they are collected.
Director of ArtHouse Jersey Tom Dingle said “This is a truly unique and special project, and we’re delighted to be able to offer to deliver a little bit of magic directly into the homes of people in Jersey who have been most affected by these restrictions. I wholeheartedly encourage people in the Island who know of someone who has been isolated and could do with an extra little bit of joy, to get in touch with our Community Producer Carla-Marie today to nominate them.”
If you know someone who might benefit for the Memory Box project experience please