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Educating Empathy -Caring for Dementia

This online symposium aims to showcase artistic research and teaching strategies based on principles of art and design education that strengthen empathy for people with dementia.

in Vienna on November 19th, 2020.

Educating Empathy – Caring for Dementia addresses anybody interested in the topic, relatives of people with dementia, care takers and especially younger people. International and national experts in the areas of artistic research, dementia care, art, design, therapy, art education, music education, and fine arts as well as applied arts are invited to participate in talks, lectures, screenings and presentations.

National and international experts share their views and experiences; artists showcase their work:

English in the morning | German in the afternoon

DEMEDARTS Dementia.Empathy.Education.Arts. is an artistic research project at the Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The research project focuses on artistic research on patterns of perception and action in the context of an aging society and aims to raise awareness in our society of the issue of dementia.

SYMPOSIUM - SAVE THE DATE November 19th, 2020

10:00 AM – 19:30 PM CET


With Contributions from: Shaun McNiff (US) – Professor at Lesley University, Expressive Therapies Antonia Croy (AT) – Chair of Alzheimer Austria Teresa Torres de Eça (PT) – President of InSEA (2014 – 2019)

Veronica Franklin Gould (UK) – Founder and chair of „Research at Arts 4 Dementia“ Brigitte Hobl (AT) – Specialist in psychiatrics and psychotherapy

Rineke Smilde (NL) – Professor for music education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, tbc

Marie-Cris Gambal (AT) – Vice-president of Care at Haus der Barmherzigkeit, tbc

Majda Nujic (AT) – tbc Jeremy Bubb (UK) – Film-maker and artist

Pia Scharler (AT) – Designer and artistic researcher L. Vanessa Gruber (AT) – scientist and art educator Ruth Mateus-Berr (AT) – Professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna DEMEDARTS-Team: Ruth Mateus-Berr (AT) – (Project lead), artist, researcher, educator

Luna Al-Mousli (SY) – Author and graphic designer 

Christina Carli (AT) – Designer, research fellow

Nargol Gharahshir (AT) – Art and design educator, Research fellow

Lara Girotto (DE) – Arts educator, Research fellow

Stefanie Guserl (AT) – Illustrator, university lecturer and school teacher

L. Vanessa Gruber (AT) – art educator, creativity researcher, university assistant

Susanne Muzler (AT) – Somatic Movement, Dance, Pedagogy and research fellow

Jasmin Schaitl (AT) – Artist, performer and artistic researcher

Pia Scharler (AT) – Designer, artistic researcher

Michaela Schober (AT) – Research fellow, translator, educator

Venue University of Applied Arts Vienna Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7 1030 Vienna

Organizer University of Applied Arts Vienna Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education

Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Ruth Mateus-Berr

For more information go to:


Details may be subject to change.

DEMEDARTS is an arts-based research project, located at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), within the PEEK-program (Programm zur Erweiterung und Erschließung der Künste): A-609


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