Alzheimer Cafè Umeå

8-channel sound environment, 60mins loop + light led intervention

Operaplan, Umeå , Sweden



Alzheimer Café Umeå (2018) premiered in Umeå as part of Room for Performance.

Curated by: Valentina Sansone with Helena Wikstrom (Vita Kuben/Norrlandsoperan)

Produced by: Bildmuseet and Norrlandsoperan, Umeå; Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm; Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), Stockholm

Sponsored by: Iaspis




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Alzheimer Café (2014- ) is a series of performances, sound installations and public interventions dedicated to ‘musical memories’, those that incredibly resist to the neurological degeneration caused by the disease, and that have been inspiring the entire cycle.

All the works from the series Alzheimer Café include musical fragments sung or hummed by people affected by neurological disorders of memory. For four years, Vetturi has been working in collaboration with health and medical centres, their staff, and their patients. Despite that the works deliberately avoids the documentary format.


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In Alzheimer Café Umeå the voices of the patients inhabit the public space that faces Norrlandsoperan. The sound’s movement activates the eight benches that are located in the square, in the center of the city. An 8-channel sound installation delivers sound fragments that, both individually and collectively, light up the space and its surroundings. The sound changes, moves and, depending on where the audience is placed, varies in intensity.



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Video documentation: Rasmus West
Sound engineer: Andreas Estensen

Thank you to: all the people who have lent their voice to this work, Ersta Stockholm, Aktrisens demensboende Umeå.


per approfondire:

Un’intrusa nel mondo dell’arte. E altre storie.Incontro con Valentina Vetturi durante la sua residenza presso l’IICS di Stoccolma. Che ci racconta il suo Alzheimer Café, dove il suono sopravvive alla perdita della memoria, di Sara Guarino Floren