In September, Auckland’s Aotea Square will be graced with an extensive interactive light sculpture for locals of all ages to enjoy. This is part of World Alzheimers Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Affinity portrays the remarkable complexity and connectivity of the human brain. Its intricate web of interconnected orbs, representing neurons in the brain, explore the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Spreading 13m by 13m and sitting at over 3.5m in height, all orbs are stimulated by touch and create a stunning display of sound and light, representative of the rapid-fire transmission of messages between neurons in our brains. The installations will transition to various colours throughout the night to represent the gradual destructive and irreversible effects the disease has on our thoughts and memories.

Emanating from the orbs will be personal stories of Kiwis impacted by dementia, offering an extremely intimate view into the world of those affected. These recordings are from the acclaimed production ‘The Keys are in the Margarine’ by Talking House Trust, where actors relay word for word real life experiences of how dementia has impacted their lives.

About the Artists

amigo & amigo interactive lighting and design studio explores the combination of light and sculptures in both public and commercial spaces. The design team of Simone Chua and Renzo B. Larriviere of Australia have collaborated with technology agency S1T2 (Story 1st, Technology 2nd), and structural and electrical engineers to complete this creation, using 400 metres of LED strip lights.

World Alzheimers Month

Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia. Approximately 60,000 New Zealanders currently live with the condition, a number set to triple by 2050. Alzheimers NZ aims to make New Zealand more dementia-friendly by giving information, resources and support to the 2-in-3 New Zealanders touched by dementia.

You can show your support during World Alzheimers Month by taking part in one of our fun Memory Walks, attending one of our September events (more to be announced soon) or making a donation to:  http://www.alzheimers.org.nz/

Event Details

6-22nd September 2016

Officially opening: 6pm on 6th September

Alight from 5pm-11pm daily onwards

Price: FREE

Website: http://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/show/affinity

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