One of the AiR projects: Art in Hospital

6 Aug

 

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From the Valletta 2018 Blog:

Valletta 2018 Meeting Points and Artist in Residence Programme Coordinator Ann Laenen tells us about a recent addition to Valletta 2018’s Cultural Programme, Deep Shelter Project. Read more about this project here…

Benna: I am seeing Deep Shelter Project (DSP) more in terms of a journey. If we are going to allow the works to inform us, we are taking Deep Shelter beyond, to use art and music as ‘containing and holding’ throughout the cancer journey.  The work isn’t something you see once; say before a medical procedure to calm down…I don’t know if it started out that way?

Pam: It started out as a need, maybe more of a personal need. I asked myself, what visuals would soothe me, what visuals would ‘fill’?

Benna: Do you realise that what you have produced is not only soothing, not only filling? The breadth and the depth is much, much greater and this is why we are developing it into something which is not just a container but is…part of this evolution, this journey.

 This is part of a conversation between  the two protagonists of  the research being carried out for Deep Shelter Project (DSP), artist Pamela Baldacchino and Dr. Benna Chase ….  what started as an interdisciplinary art and research project, developed into a qualitative study that analysed the use of audio-visual work within the Psychological Support Services at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC). The first outcomes offered valuable imput for the introduction of  art and design works in the therapy rooms, waiting area and corridors of the clinical support services, as well as, the prayer room in the palliative area.

By immersing the viewer or patient in visuals rich in symbolic language, the work connects them to stories based on simple metaphorical interpretations of illness such as natural world cycles and ideas of journeying. The visual and auditory content aim to sustain the therapeutic dialogue between the healthcare professional and the patient by encouraging meaning formation.

Bringing art within the centre happens at different levels, through artist donations and a further collaboration with MUŻA, Malta’s new national community art museum in 2018, and other partners.

IMG_7064-1400x933Here the project enters a new stage which Valletta 2018 is proud to support over the next years, helping Pamela Baldacchino in close collaboration with the oncology centre, to set up a series of artist workshops that aim to create site specifc artwork  together with a series of sensory workshops for cancer survivors. There is also the possibility of  an artist in residence programme being integrated. The main goals would be to create artwork based on DSP research outcomes and interaction with those involved, namely, Dr. Benna Chase, the Oncology staff and other contributing artists.

The first artist workshops involving Aaron Bezzina, Matthew Attard, Sara Pace and Pamela Baldacchino herself,  will take place at SAMOC over the Summer. Parrallel to this, the series of sensory workshop will also start, the multi-faithroom will take shape and the first works donated by Anna Grima, Damain Ebejjer, Javier Formosa, JP Migneco, Sara Pace, Matt Schembri and the artist herself will be placed in the therapy rooms.

Updates will be posted on the deep shelter blog

 

 

 

publicatie in Muziekpedagogiek in Beweging – verdieping of verbreding?

20 Mar

Vorige week werd het derde deel van de reeks Muziekpedagogiek in beweging voorgesteld.

Dit 631935derde deel in de reeks Muziekpedagogiek in beweging staat stil bij de vraag of muziek geïntegreerd met de andere kunstvakken moet worden aangeboden of juist niet. Zowel in Nederland als in Vlaanderen is de discussie hierover actueel en zijn de opvattingen divers. Zijn een monodisciplinaire en een geïntegreerde benadering respectievelijk verdiepend of eerder verbredend? Of is het andersom? Of is de vraag misschien helemaal niet relevant? In het boek wordt het thema besproken zowel vanuit de praktijk als vanuit de wetenschap. Auteurs uit Vlaanderen en Nederland leveren een bijdrage vanuit verschillende invalshoeken waarmee zij de praktijk van het muziekonderwijs willen aanzetten tot reflectie over dit actuele thema.

Het was fijn om voor dit nummer een artikel te mogen schrijven. Ik focuste op de sterktes en uitdagingen van interdisciplinaire trajecten – met muziek – binnen het hoger kunstonderwijs, hierbij uitgaande van de ervaring die ik had binnen de Faculteit Kunsten (LUCA School of Arts) en kijkt ook even over de grens naar onder meer de Kunsthogeschool in Bern en de interdisciplinaire opleiding in Maastricht.

Lecture on Arts Education for the MRER

18 Dec

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The lecture was part of the MRER (Malta Review of Educational Research) Lecture Series in collaboration with Edukarti (Art Education organisation based at Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta). It focused on the role of Arts Educators in a changing society and their influence on Higher Arts Education.  This is in fact a topic that continuously offers debate between arts educators and art practitioners. Artists are becoming educators, facilitators, researchers and inspirers not just in schools but also in socio-cultural, business and community settings. So which challenges lie ahead of us as lecturers and what implications do these challenges have on the training of Arts Educators as we prepare them for these new roles?

The topic is analysed starting from this year’s winner of the Turner prize since for me this nicely sums up what it is about. From there the reflections tapped into my  own challenges and experiences in higher arts education over the last couple of years.

You can find the slides of the presentation AECS

 

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14/12 on a panel about quality and excellence in the arts

4 Dec

12391866_896921913736626_8270257410686512697_nIt has been a pleasure to have been part of the last stages of this exciting process and to be on the panel about artistic excellence on which I talked about measuring the unmeasurable and about the peer assessment exercise with the students of Digital Arts.

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Presentation at the conference Cultural Mapping – Debating Spaces and Places – Valletta 23 October

24 Oct

12140777_10153737413181289_7125968515896584238_nYesterday Stefan Kolgen and I presented our paper on  The social aspect of digital storytelling; a case study: Jefke Tuf, an interactive documentary about soul carers then and now in a former coal mining community within the parallel session on Digital Mapping in a Social Context.

It was an inspring session, with lots of challenging and exciting reactions of the attentive audience.  You can find the full paper following at this link: Paper_culturalmapping_socialcontext_jefketuf. The  presentation as been posted on SlideShare

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New Course, New Place — started yesterday

29 Sep

12019938_10153691678216289_313438978359216208_nActive Design Processes – Collaborative Practice – A course for the 3rd years Digital Design at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta . Nice group of students. Loving it!

two articles in progress

13 Aug

I’m currently working on 2 articles

  • one on What happens when you combine digital storytelling and cultural mapping in a social setting. The paper is based on the project Jefke Tuf – a transmedia project in Winterslag which is coming at an end in September. This is the proposal that has been accepted for the conference mentioned below.

The paper and the project will presented at the Conference on Cultural Mapping: Debating Spaces and Places that will take place in Valletta at the end of October

  • and one in Dutch on interdisciplinair trajectories in higher arts education ( Interdisciplinaire trajecten in het hoger kunstvakonderwijs)

for the next issue of Muziekpedagogiek in Beweging published by the end of this year.