Affinity interactive light sculpture launch

Arts Centre Forecourt, St Kilda Rd: Thursday 17 September 2015, 6.00 - 7.15pm

  • As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic will launch an interactive light sculpture known as Affinity in the forecourt of Arts Centre Melbourne.
  • Affinity was created by two Sydney-based artistic groups, S1T2 and amigo and amigo.
  • When stimulated by touch, the orbs of Affinity set-up a striking display of sound and light, representing the rapid-fire transmission of messages between neurons. As people explore this large-scale installation, sounds and personal stories of people impacted by dementia emanate from the orbs to enhance the experience.
  • During September, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is calling for the creation of a dementia-friendly nation, where people living with dementia are respected, valued and supported to maintain a good quality of life.


Venue: Arts Centre Forecourt, St Kilda Road Melbourne.

(In the same space the Spiegeltent is commonly located.)

Interview subjects: Maree McCabe, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and Chris Panzetta, creator of Affinity from S1T2 will be available at the launch from 7-8pm.

Notes to media

When writing or talking about dementia, please provide your audience with the number for our National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 - a telephone information and support service available across Australia.

What is appropriate language for talking about dementia and why do we need it?

The words used to talk about dementia can have a significant impact on how people with dementia are viewed and treated in our community. Please read our Dementia Language Guidelines that have been developed by people living with dementia and carers.

About Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

In Victoria almost 81,000 people are living with dementia. This figure is projected to increase to 246,000 by 2050.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the charity representing people of all ages with all forms of dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia information, education and support services.

Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit

Media contacts:

Sam Watson +613 9816 5736 / +613 419 815 178 /

Stephanie Puls +613 9816 5745 / +613 427 757 434 /

Christine Bolt +613 9816 5772 / +613 400 004 553 /