This Final Degree Thesis is the result of the organization and participation in the International Workshop SWAIP (abbreviations of “Social inclusion and Well-being through the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices”) held last March in the University of Alicante. This proposes to redefine architecture from disciplines such as art, music, therapy or architecture itself, in order to obtain an architectural model that adapts to the conditions and qualities required for the evocation of memories and personal experiences in individuals who live with the disease.
Elements of Therapeutic Architecture completes with this contemporary vision the collection of books Elements of Architecture that the architect Rem Koolhaas published in the Venice Biennial of 2014. Although in those books, the architect talked about the elements in terms of temporal and conceptual evolution without blurring the architectural limit, the extra chapter that adds this thesis shows the qualities that architecture must contemplate as a participant in the fight against Alzheimer.
For the purpose of exploring the links between professions or moving closer towards interdisciplinary practices this is an article which makes links between therapy and art. The article is about links between contemporary art, community, politics, and therapy, with reference to work that has been made in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. The author who is an art therapist, psychotherapist and anthropologist first discuss the contemporary role of the museums in the society. In the article the author claim that often, both in training and professional practice, there is little interaction between art therapy and contemporary art. Work of three artists, Sophie Calle, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Lygia Clark who have worked with relationship between community work, therapy, and contemporary art, is reviewed in the article.
Hirschhorn is one of the main artists that deals since the beginning of his career as artist with the importance of the other. For that he have built a corpus of work where in different ways he tries to explore the critical corpus that he wants to develop with the collaboration of different kind of people: from philosophers, art historians but also with anonym people that collaborates with him several times in the three different forms that he developed for working with/in public space (even if he said that for him there’s no difference between spaces, public or institutional or even private, he works the same way). This is an important book that reflects on this by the head of important authors of the arts territory.
The main subject of this collection of texts are what the title calls the eight technologies of otherness. It is an important book in show and explain how art is related for instance with anthropology and others social sciences that have a continuous discussion on the ways and “technologies” for approaching people from us. It is already older but the new situation that we are living now with the migrant and above all refugee’s crisis put it again in the center of the discussions.