Music and art stop dementia from stealing everything we cherish

According to Greek legend, 49 of King Danaus’s 50  daughters were mariticidal, and condemned to fill a leaky bath in hell, and their lot is an apt metaphor for the human condition. However much we fill our lives, our lives still dribble away. We experience, we learn – but we also forget. 

A choir and a De Kooning show inspired this piece for New Scientist, 4 January 2018