Interior Reminiscence Therapy

Sculptures on the stage during the event Mission Mental Health - Building Bridges at Anexet in Stockholm 2017. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Interior Reminiscence Therapy


For SKL, together with Creative Meetings and various artists I and a group of my classmates from Konstfack planed the spatial design for the event “Mission Mental Health Building Bridges Beyond Borders”. We also developed individual projects. I worked with questions regarding empathy and architecture. I developed GG2030 signage and created the stage design, with support from Edge Design. In addition to the budget provided by SKL, my project was sponsored by Södermalms Skyltfabrik and Fredricsons Trä. Teacher: Einar Rodhe. 



This project is an exploration into how reminiscence therapy could be included in a larger scale as interior architecture.


I had a very close relationship with my grandparents but after my grandmother passed away my grandfather fell into a depression. He developed dementia and the on way to reach him became through taking him back in time, to a better place filled with things and people familiar to him. We would look through photographs, listen to music and rumble through his personal collection of memorabilia. My grandfather was lucky to be surrounded by his own things even though he could no longer stay in his private home. This is what happens to many of us as we age, we are forced to leave our homes. As this project started I brought a box of my own saved mementos to school. One of my teachers said; "you know, these things, this memorabilia... I think we can easily find them in anyone's home". I thought, what if I scaled up just one of these memories.



Mission Mental Health Building Bridges Beyond Borders was an event organized by IIMHL & IIDL at Annexet, Globen in Stockholm in May 2018. Over 600 leaders from 24 nations met and exchanged their experiences to begin building bridges. 



During the conference, I exhibited my project Interior Reminiscence Therapy, consisting of a collection of sculptural investigations and the stage design. I also made signage visualizing the global goals 2030. The stage was built like a landscape, with slopes and asymmetric levels. I wanted to create a space for conversations easy to access for all, emotionally and physically, rather than an upheld podium dividing audience and speaker.


Medium size, power carved solid wood sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018. This was my first atempt at powercarving and the results inspired the work I came to develop during my masters thesis in 2019.

My grandfather used to read to me a poem by Nils Ferlin (1933) called Barfotabarn. This poem has been important to me during this project. 


(swe)


Du har tappat ditt ord din papperslapp,

du barfotabarn i livet.

Så sitter du åter på handlerns trapp

och gråter så övergivet.


Vad var det för ord - var det långt eller kort,

var det väl eller illa skrivet?

Tänk efter nu - förrn vi föser dej bort,

du barfotabarn i livet

Painted medium size, power carved solid wood sculpture, Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg

Stage design with a ramp for wheelchairs installed front and center. This feature creates a great visual quirk and also takes an important position regarding the subject of accessibility and everyone's right to feel welcome. The stage was drawn by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg with support from Edge Design. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Large size, solid mdf sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018

Large size, solid mdf sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018

Large size, paper sculpture. The form is based on data from a 3D-scanned oyster shell, by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg 2018

Global Goal 2020 collage designed by Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg for the event, Annexet Globen Stockholm. All the signs are based on the the Global Goal 2020 ready made official symbols. The signs were made by Edge design. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Global Goals 2020 collage, Annexet Globen Stockholm. Photo by Marielle Andersson.

Global Goals 2020 collage, Annexet Globen Stockholm. Photo by Marielle Andersson.


Artistic research / Design process - selected material 


During the event the stage housed artists, and debate. See the whole video at IIMHL website.

Ceramic plate made of laser cut form based on data generated by 3D scanning.

Communication with Södermalms Skyltfabrik, the production cost negotiations.

Stage design, sketch

Stage design, sketch

Digital design, Meshmixer

A physical study, 3d printed sketch model

Painting the large sculpture, Konstfack 2018

Photo from the ledership convention at Annexet, Globen. Artistic instalattions by Joakim Kling, Anna Spaak and Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg.

Stage design, sketch final design

Flags, Global Goals 2013 signs and visualization transparent whiteboard, proposal drawings produced for the client. 


Floor plan, detail. Proposal for visualization of the Global Goals 2030 symbols painted outside on the ground in connection with the entrance to the event, Annexet Globen. The overview floor plans was made by Sawsan Ahmed and Alice Stone.

Global Goals 2030 collage, lasercut mdf and spraypaint, 100x100 cm

Global Goals 2030 collage, image printed om foam board

© 2018 Cecilia Margareta Tjärnberg