We believe that lately there has been a growing understanding of the potential impact of the ARTS on HEALTH. Arts can be used alongside health care in several ways, not only as a therapeutic activity for patients and medical staff, but also as a way to support the prevention of medical problems. While, of course, we do not claim ART to be a substitute for classical medication methods, ART as an “alternative medicine” can improve the condition of people with mental or physical health issues.
ART PARTY´S new experimental project in 2019 aimed to investigate the capacity that Art may have on Health and how to make these findings reach a larger part of society. We explored this topic through artistic residencies in 7 cities in Central and Western Jutland. During this time we drove a special ambulance where intimate performances took place inside the vehicle.
We realised this project with the important presence of Kata Juhasz, international dancer, choreographer and practising doctor, whose dance performance “Rechargeable” was carried out in collaboration with local groups of older people in belief that art can prolong expected life expectancy. Other activities included actions, performances and workshops at home, in streets, in schools, offices, theaters, museums, etc.
The common point in our activities was that they challenged the quality of personal relationships. This aim was also well present in the “no wi-fi in the bedroom” campaign, in which we promised to help couples to regain joy with each other. ART PARTY’S headquarters Bomhuset – Museum of Miniature Art in Holstebro became for this period a regional Art Emergency Unit, where artists were able to meet patients by appointment. The small museum was exhibition site and laboratory for a brand new and provocative installation: “Somebody should keep the rest” as a city’s amulet against all forms of disease.
People had the opportunity to be spectators, but also as participating actors in our events, where aesthetic and physical expressivity of art worked as an alternative medicine.
‘Rediscover – Festival’ took place in the previously involved cities, where the final results were shown in the framework of the European Cultural Region Festival, with performances, shows, happenings and actions in different neighbourhoods of the city.
an interdisciplinary project on ART & HEALTH
created and directed by
Giuseppe L. Bonifati (I)
Giuseppe Bonifati (I), Kata Juhász og Linda Sugataghy (H)
and with the participation of
Alberto M. Guinaldo, Raquel Subirana (E), Claudio Passilongo (I),
Lacek Takacs (H), Stefan Goldbaum Tarabini, Jon Lehmann (DK)
Victor Tambo, Lasse Amstrup (DK), Tamás Lóky (H)
DOO performing art group (I) / Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (DK) / Aulea Foundation (H)
Mid Jutland Region, European Cultural Regional Festival, Holstebro Kommune, Herning Kommune, Odder Kommune, Ringkøbing Kommune, Skanderborg Kommune, Syddjurs Kommune, Struer Kommune, among other municipalities in Midt- og Vestjylland region, Kulturaftale for Midt– og Vestjylland,
NKA (National Hungarian Cultural Fund), EMMI (Hungarian Ministry Human Capacities)
in collaboration with
art centers, museums, cultural institutions, hospitals, schools, offices in Jutland region