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17th April 2011 / 17 Aprile 2011

15.00 – 17.00: Laboratorio sul riuso creativo a cura del’ Associazione Modidi…creare sostenibile

“Fragili equilibri” è il workshop curato da Concetta Giannangeli, che ha riunito oggi alla Ginestra bambini e genitori di Montevarchi, sensibilizzandoli, in modo creativo, all’uso dei metalli.
Piccoli e adulti si sono ritrovati immersi da forme di alluminio, che hanno scoperto essere duttili e manipolabili.
Da questi cerchi, rettangoli, quadrati e triangoli “metallici” sono nate delle “sculture da viaggio”, scomponibili e ricombinabili.
Si è creato un mondo fantastico, abitato da oggetti mai visti; si è creato un mondo sostenibile, perché prodotto con un materiale riutilizzabile in un ciclo infinito.

Il metodo
Il metodo “creare sostenibile” è più propriamente un “approccio” frutto della sintesi di metodi e modelli diversi: da un lato la pedagogia dell’ascolto che sostiene e promuove l’apprendimento relazionale e un’idea di bambino “competente”; dall’altro l’educazione all’arte con l’apprendimento attraverso il fare creativo. L’obiettivo è l’educazione alla creatività attraverso temi, modi, spazi e strumenti sempre diversi e per questo in grado di essere “pretesto” per costruire infinite relazioni e sempre nuovi scenari, e quindi sviluppare la capacità di porsi in modo individuale e critico nei confronti del mondo, della vita e dell’altro. Il principio su cui si fonda è che “la creatività regala libertà agli individui e produce sostenibilità”.
Associazione Culturale Modidi…
Il laboratorio è a cura di Modidi…, Associazione culturale con sede a Udine. Nata nel 2005 con lo scopo di ispirare un cambiamento responsabile nella società – necessario e urgente a livello locale e globale – attraverso idee e progetti creativi, Modidi è un grande laboratorio, un generatore di energia creativa che attiva inediti processi di sviluppo nei campi della cultura, dell’istruzione, della produzione, dell’economia e della politica.

“Weak balances” is the workshop curated by Concetta Giannangeli of the “Modidi” association that sensitizes kids and adults of the creative use of metals.
Children and parents find themselves submerged from ductile shapes of aluminium. From the combination of these metal circles, rectangles, squares and triangles, many travelling sculptures are created.
A new imaginary world is born, inhabited by objects that nobody has ever seen; a world that is also sustainable, because it’s produced with an endlessly re-usable material.

23rd May 2010 / 23 Maggio 2010

When can transformation be sustainable? When can transformation be considered metabolized?

“When can transformation be sustainable?¨ is the topic that is proposed this morning to discuss. Questions on “sustainability in processes of change”, which artway of thinking and Love Difference present today.

The first two interventions of the day come from the academic fields: Guido Ferilli (IULM University) and Denise Rocca (University of Arts, London) introduce the methodologies of their projects of research, concerning respectively cultural economics and cultural/artistic education.

Guido Ferilli’s investigation is about a new role of culture in post industrial economies, as common platform for individual and social capability for the production and the circulation of knowledge. The method he presents focuses, first of all, on the definition about what culture is in the territory in his double nature, as material culture (facilities) and immaterialculture (ideas, traditions). Through a process of mapping, by identifying concentrations of material and immaterial culture in the territory analysed the research identifies a culture cluster in qualitative terms. Once the cluster has been identified, the project aims at integrating its immaterial and material culture, by promoting the “vocation” of the territory, i.e. the cultural potentialities in the territory.

Denise Rocca, researcher of Engine Room (research project within the University of Arts, London) proposes “evaluation” as means to promote sustainability in educational creative projects, especially through two actions: engaging the professionals involved in reflective practices and producing reliable and effective documentation, i.e. providing proof of the effective outcomes of the project. Thanks to evaluation, the authors of the project can obtain a content sustainability (in terms of professional development) and an economic sustainability (presenting outcomes is necessary for fundraising).

Question time comes: the topic of the day, concerning sustainability in processes of transformation is reopened, looking for answers through the discussion in three groups and the exposition of the outcomes. For one group, sustainability works in long term and short term but, as the human being naturally thinks in terms of “me – here – now”, it is necessary to be flexible, in order to get the tools for putting the individuals in groups.

The second group relates sustainability to the ability to affect the system, in a small and at the same time global scale; efficiency at any level of resources is essential, and the attitude which is important to adopt is to embrace challenges, working towards well being.

The third group believes that transformation can be considered sustainable when it is generated and carried with compassion. Compassion is the key words for turning the inner side into the material level.

The second part of the day leads the participants to alternative medicine and the psychological world.

The chiropractor Max Rapkin presents exercises of “ body connectivity”: people are involved in test mucles activities, showing the way all the organs are connected one to the other and at the same time he demonstrates how our bodies can be connected together.

Thomas Legl (Euro Tc), psychologist and psychotherapist, explains how dependency (especially drugs dependency) can be treated by a therapy based on flexibility to the specific situation of the patients involved that finds a response in a specific therapy conceived for them. Other elements that have to be considered in order to provide an efficient therapy, as Thomas says, are the time factors (“a long term treatment is more efficient than a short one”); the consciousness about the real availability of the treatment; the focus on multiple needs, that he defines as co-morbidity social factors and the continuous assessment.

Michael Wenger (Hoffman Institute) introduces the Integral approach, born in the psychological field, which integrates the “exterior” (practical aspects of life, such as ecology, economics and social systems) with the “interior” aspects of humanity (like psychology, culture and spirituality). Michael believes that the integral approach is the successful way to get sustainability, as the analysis of the initiatives of human beings, considering the 4 quadrants/perspectives of life (psychology, behaviour, culture, system), let them identify most of the major forces which influence their successes or their failure. Thanks to the quadrants, we can organize knowledge, diagnose challenges and prescribe solution.

The speeches are followed by a meditation session, held by Michael, who is divided into a first part of individual concentration and meditation and a second one, where people get in contact by couples. The only action required is to fix your eyes in the other’s eyes: this helps to get even more in contact with the others.

It’s time for a new focus group session: the groups have to answer now to the second question of the day: “when can be a transformation considered metabolized?”

Denise Rocca from University of Arts London had an interesting presentation on using evaluation as the methodology for transformation. She argued that the steps needed to evaluate a project create the opportunity to archive and track the changes taking place. It also allows for the continuous process of locating inefficiencies, therefore ensuring that the process continuous on solid ground, as well as the opportunity to restructure and change the process to avoid repeating processes that are not working.

She also argued that evaluation could be used as a tool to follow the qualitative and quantitative data of transformation.

Guido Ferilli from IULM University Milan was presenting the idea that to use culture as a development tool, the process must start with collecting data from all segments of society or at least all those involved in the cultural zone that will be developed. But I am not sure how I feel about controlled and studied cultural development; shouldn’t this process be more organic and natural?

Guido: hei… I’d never said something like this! Sounds really heavy…

Diego: let’s say, our illustrator allows us a kind ok satirical point of view of the whole thing, you know, to weigh the concepts and putting positive doubts… it’s good to have you here discussing about it…

Guido: ok, this make sense, but datas are not power to me, but a tool… neither culture is a something to use…

Diego: words have a sense and you’re right, let’s discuss this after together, we’re here for this also, to reflect your activities here and give them back to you.

Guido: this modifies both of us, huge effort… maybe more valuable than a PhD…

Ms. Tiziana Monterisi was ill and could not join us, which is a pity because I was hopping she would tell us about the space the meetings are taking place, because they are all built and renovated using bio-materials.

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