En Bipolar Balancegang - Sanselig ruminstallation vedr. empati for bipolar lidelse

Andreas Rune Mortensen, Helena Zangenberg Paepcke, Magnus Johannsen, Cæcilie Nygård Koefoed, Maria Højgaard Andersen & Elias Høgfeldt Daugaard

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This performance design report seeks to examine the possibilities of designing a performance,
that can contribute to a better understanding and reinforce empathy towards people with bipolar
disorder. The report is therefore a result of a constructive orientated academic tradition. This
means that this project is roughly separated into two main parts: the design process and the
analysis process.
The design process is facilitated by a Design Thinking methodology, which focusses on
understanding the users and challenge assumptions to create innovative solutions. The Design
Thinking approach seemed insufficient as the only design approach in this project, for which
reason theories and methods from co-designing has been implemented as well. The project
draws on qualitative methods, while cooperation with people, who is diagnosed with bipolar,
seemed pivotal from an ethical and democratic point of view.
The design process resulted in the performance “En Bipolar Balancegang” that took place at
Nordbro Forsamlingshus in Nørrebro, Copenhagen the 27th of November 2019. The
performance took shape as an interactive spatial installation, which incorporates insights from
the co-designers. Videos of the installation can be found here:
Part 1: https://youtu.be/1AxDAtOXKzI
Part 2: https://youtu.be/87DEc6Pt3NU
The performance has been documented by video and observations. An evaluation based on
questionnaires filled out by the audience after the performance, results in insights about how
to create understanding and empathy through performance and affect. This study shows how
affect, transformation and spatial installations can influence the assumptions around the bipolar
The project concludes that performative effects has the potential to create a better
understanding of bipolar disorder among the audience. It seems difficult to show whether
empathy was increased among the audience. More knowledge of the field of empathy research
and possibly further evaluation of the performance is needed to conclude further on this matter.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato16 dec. 2019
VejledereJulie Bønnelycke