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Dr Gail Kenning

Biography
Dr Gail Kenning
Phone
0414 332676

Dr Kenning’s recent work is located at the intersection of art, design, and creativity and how these can contribute to health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on ageing and dementia. Her research and practice explore creativity from two perspectives:

  1. How creativity can support and facilitate health and wellbeing (e.g., contributing to social engagement, connection, mental health, etc.); and
  2. How creative approaches can be applied in the collection of data to better understand the concerns, needs, and embodied lived experience of elderly people in relation to physical and mental health and social engagement/disengagement and connection/disconnection. Creative approaches can include participatory creative workshops and deliberative discussion, storytelling, and creative making.

Dr Kenning is experienced in organising and facilitating deliberative discussions, creative workshops, and seminars as part of research and participatory engagement.

Combining her background in art practice, academic research, and industry and community engagement, she also consults to industry, arts health organisations, and government on design of health and wellbeing programs; use of digital media, systems and software; and evaluation of health and wellbeing programs.


Selected Publications

Journal articles

Kenning G; Visser M, 2022, 'Evaluating quality of life and wellbeing at the intersection of dementia care and creative engagement', Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice
Papadopoulos C; Kenning G; Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2022, 'A visit with Viv: Empathising with a digital human character embodying the lived experiences of dementia', Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice
Kenning G; Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2021, 'An immersive art-based approach to engaging with the embodied, sensory and affective experience of living with dementia', Design for Inclusion

Conference Papers

de Groot W; Kenning G; vand den Hoven E; Eggen B, 2021, 'Exploring how a multi sensory media album can support dementia care staff', in Dementia Lab, Vancouver (vitraul), presented at Dementia Lab, Vancouver (vitraul), 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Houben M; van Engen V; Kenning G; Brankaert R, 2021, 'Smile: Capturing and sharing personal photos to stimulate social relations and support self identity in dementia', Vancouver (Virtual), presented at Dementia lab, Vancouver (Virtual), 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Kenning G; Ginnivan N, 2021, 'A virtual visual matrix focussing on the visit', in Dementia Lab, Vancouver online, presented at Dementia Lab 2021, Vancouver online, 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Kenning G; Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2021, 'An immersive art-based approach to engaging with the embodied, sensory and affective experience of living with dementia', in Dementia Lab 2021, Vancouver/online, presented at Dementia Lab 2021: Supporting ability, Vancouver/online, 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Hodge J; Foley S; Brankaert R; Kenning G; Lazar A; Boger J; Morrissey K, 2020, 'Relational, Flexible, Everyday: Learning from Ethics in Dementia Research.', in Bernhaupt R; Mueller FF; Verweij D; Andres J; McGrenere J; Cockburn A; Avellino I; Goguey A; Bjøn P; Zhao S; Samson BP; Kocielnik R (eds.), CHI, ACM, pp. 1 - 16, https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3313831
Houben M; Brankaert R; Bakker S; Kenning G; Bongers I; Eggen B, 2020, 'The Role of Everyday Sounds in Advanced Dementia Care', in CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing MachineryNew YorkNY United States, Hawaii (online), presented at CHI: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Hawaii (online), 27 April 2020 - 01 May 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376577
Ilsar A; Kenning G, 2020, 'Inclusive improvisation through sound and movement mapping: from DMI to ADMI', in The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ACM, presented at ASSETS '20: The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3373625.3416988
Kenning G; Bennett J; White F, 2020, 'Age discourse and the transformative potential of arts engagement', Online, presented at Australian Association of Gerontology 53rd Conference, Online, 10 November 2020 - 20 November 2020
Kenning G; Bennett J, 2020, 'The Visit: using arts-based immersive approaches to explore the lived experiences of dementia', Online, presented at Australian Association of Gerontology 53rd Conference, Online, 10 November 2020 - 20 November 2020

Book Chapters

Kenning G; Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2021, 'An immersive art-based approach to engaging with the embodied, sensory and affective experience of living with dementia', in Dementia Lab 2021: Supporting ability through design, Springer, Switzerland
Kenning G, 2020, 'Connecting with and through art', in Arts & Dementia. Interdisciplinary Perspectives, De Gruyter Edition Angewandte, Vienna
Kenning G; Brankaert R, 2020, 'Framing in Context.', in Brankaert R; Kenning G (ed.), HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Springer, pp. 1 - 14, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32835-1
Kenning G, 2020, 'Reciprocal Design.', in Brankaert R; Kenning G (ed.), HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Springer, pp. 17 - 32, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32835-1
Brankaert R; Kenning G, 2020, 'Where from and Where Next? - HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia.', in Brankaert R; Kenning G (ed.), HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Springer, pp. 349 - 355, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32835-1

Books

2020, HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Brankaert R; Kenning G, (ed.), Springer

Reports

Kenning G, 2020, Connecting with and through art: Arts engagement for liveable communities, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney
Kenning G; White F, 2020, These Walls Could Talk: Visual matrix to extend engagement for older people, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Kenning G, 2020, WEVE It feels like home: Understanding the needs of older people, University New South Wales, Sydney

Conference Abstracts

Kuchelmeister V; Bennett J; Ginnivan N; Kenning G; Papadopoulos C; Dean R; Neidorf M, 2020, 'The Visit (Abstract IEEE VR 2020)', in IEEE VR 2020, Atlanta, presented at 27th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, Atlanta, 22 March 2020 - 26 March 2020, http://ieeevr.org/2020/
Kuchelmeister V; Bennett J; Kenning G; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2020, 'The Visit VR. An immersive experience to counteract stigma about dementia.', in Frameless Symposium, Rochester, NY, presented at Frameless Symposium, Rochester, NY, 19 November 2020 - 20 November 2020, https://scholarworks.rit.edu/frameless/

Conference Presentations

Kenning G, 2020, 'Together Art and Dementia: Connecting with and through Art', presented at Demedarts Symposium, Austria - Virtual, 19 November 2020 - 19 November 2020
Kenning G; Bennett J, 2020, 'The Visit', presented at Engaging Dementia 12th International Dementia Conference, Dublin, Ireland/Virtual, 02 November 2020 - 03 November 2020