I created work for the OpenWindow project while it was undergoing a clinical trial. This trial was funded by the Irish Cancer Society to study the impact of OpenWindow on patients undergoing treatment for Leukaemia at the National Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in St.James Hospital, Dublin.
Over the five year trial period, 199 patients were recruited to the study. 96 participants were randomised to the intervention group and received the intervention as defined by the study protocol. 103 participants were placed in the control group.
I worked closely with patients and family to set up a personal channel in each room. This aim of this channel was show images the patient requested. I enabled Images to be sent from home by family members and installed cameras in requested locations that would send back images to the room. Or I would go to a requested place and based on conversation with the patient I would create a photo album for them.
OpenWindow is an interactive, over the web platform, designed for care environments. It enables patients to remain connected with the outside world, through a combination of relevant patient focused personal content and clinically evaluated videos and images. OpenWindow appears as a 'virtual window' on the wall of a care facility, projecting video art, art works and photography. Families can upload images of significant places, family events or create live video links by mobile phone for projection.
Denis Roche developed OpenWindow while conducting research for his MFA. He has presented this work at MoMA, IMMA, The Smithsonian Institute, The National Institutes of Health, Washington and The National Naval Medical Centre, Bethesda USA.
Artists who have created pieces for ‘Open Window’ include Brian Maguire, Barrie Cooke, John Gerrard, Nick Miller, Anthony Lyttle, Cathy Fitzgerald, Andrew Folan, Liadin Cooke, Paul O’Connor, Emma Finucane, Suzanne Mooney, Denis Roche & Fran Hegarty.