SCENARIO

In the exhibition Dialogue with Time, the audience walks through different scenically designed rooms. Older people of the age of 70 or over work as mediators. They stimulate discussions, explain things and share their knowledge on the topic of aging. Visitors experiences these stations

1. PROLOGUE - AGING IS A NATURAL PROCESS
A video is shown, in which a face ages in a very impressive way. The Film is called “Danielle” and was created by the American video artist Anthony Cerniello. The first atmospheric immersion into the topic is supported by a strange sound. All visitors can observe the changes a face goes through in the course of a long life.

2. DIALOGROOM I - AGING IS A PERSONAL MATTER
In the first dialogue room, the visitors meet their senior guide who will accompany them through the exhibition. S/he introduces him/herself and gives brief insights into his/her life. This is followed by two games which encourage a first discussion of different images of aging. Awareness is raised of the other group members’ ideas and images of old age. Additionally, stereotypes are presented and scrutinized. Own experiences may be shared. Finally the visitors are made aware of the fact that each person ages differently.

3. YELLOW ROOM - THE DIVERSITY OF AGING
The colour yellow symbolises the way older people may see in old age when their visual perception changes through the pigmentation of the retina. In this room, several stations give the audience the opportunity to simulate age-related limitations. These relate to the physical, sensory and intellectual challenges that can occur in old age. The visitors find out which strategies help to cope with limitations if they occur.

4. PINK ROOM - THE DIVERSITY OF AGING
According to colour psychology, pink represents love, compassion, nurturing and hope. This room is divided into 5 stations. Each booth contains a video installation in which an older person tells a short story. The protagonists share their wisdom, experience and passions and set a positive impulse to experience and deal with old age.

5. DIALOGROOM II - THE FUTURE OF AGING
This station turns the look towards the future and explores the question how our environment must be shaped so that in 50 years it will be able to respond to the demographic change and to address the demands of an aging society. The audience learns more about the actual changes in age distribution and life expectancy and can decide in a playful way, how it wants to live in future.

6. EPILOGUE - IT IS NEVER TOO LATE
The epilogue completes the experience of the exhibition Dialogue with Time. Here the audience can learn interesting facts about age, aging and the elderly in a funny quiz. Before leaving the exhibition, the visitors can pick up tips for happy aging and contribute an entry to the guestbook.

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