With the rise of a rapidly growing, ageing population on a planet where our natural environment is disintegrating, it is easy to fall into a dark hole when thinking about our future.
Looking at our future as seniors and the future of care homes EVERGREEN is a method of respite for those with dementia, based on the pre-existing memory rooms in dementia wards.
Memory rooms function based on the nature of memory loss caused by the disorder. Short term memories are lost, but long term memories remain. By harnessing long-term memories through nostalgia, the individual can briefly regain control, despite the mind altering aspects of the disease. Memorabilia in memory rooms trigger the long-term memories from your youth, so currently for our grandparents they contain objects such as typewriters, radiograms and war relics. They allow a form of escapism from a bleak reality.
EVERGREEN is the memory room of our future, for when we (as seniors in care homes) encounter such memory loss. It will allow us to enter a nostalgic immersive world where we can experience a shared, pure, long-term memory from our youth. That of unspoiled nature, when it may no longer exist or be accessible to us in reality.
When viewed through a headset the 360 film shows examples of what these immersive environments could be. Which with the supporting nature catalogue, documenting species of flowers, landscapes and seasons, allows the users to choose which environment they wish to enter and potentially remain within.