Home from home

Home from home case

Home from home case

2006

Home from Home is a trajectory from Home-Maker, an interactive documentary exploring the lives of seven older people living in Derbyshire and Tokyo by the artist Jeanie Finlay. When Home-Maker came to Aberdeen Art Gallery an extension of the artwork was realised by the artist Heather Delday working with an elderly group living in Aberdeen and the curators of the gallery. The working sketches (right) show the results of the collaboration.

The curators assembled twelve glass cabinets containing domestic items from the Gallery’s archive collection. The cases were wallpapered and objects were grouped together to create room displays ie, Living room, kitchen, bathroom etc.

Heaher Delday worked with the white space ceramics group initiating discussions around the objects shown and how they compared to their experience of home. These transcribed conversations were edited by Jeanie Finlay and extracts from the text were overlaid onto the cases as text. The cases were shown alongside Home-Maker at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Artistically and technologically the project represents a new approach to interpreting and accessing cultural heritage.

This art-research collaboration with Aberdeen Art Gallery has broadened to include the Ambisense research team (also part of Robert Gordon University) and potentially the Aberdeen City Council and others.

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