Tag Archives: creativity

One of the AiR projects: Art in Hospital

6 Aug

 

image001So  happy that this can develop further over the next years
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

 

 

 

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

 

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!

good read: The best interface is no interface

30 Mar

UnknownIn his book The best interface is no interface Golden Krishna makes us rethink the use of screens. The book reads like a novel and is carefully designed. He challenges us in an amusing and even hilarious way to how far we have come to be hooked to interfaces for everything and how ‘un’useful they sometimes are. There are alternatives to think beyond screens and make life less complex. I like the ‘Keep it Stupid Simple’ attitude. I also like the fact that Golden forces us to go back to the essence and then go for the best and most logical solution to a technical  or a design problem. A life with less buttons and less screens. A future using the essence of technology. For that he uses 3 principles: 1. Embrace Typical Processes Instead of Screens, 2. Leverage Computers Instead of Serving Them, and last but not least 3. Adapt to Individuals. A must read for designers and technology lovers I would say.

interesting read: best practices on fair use in visual arts

11 Feb

Using, recreating, remixing work from artists in new artistic circumstance has been of all ages. When is it caa-fair-use-coverlabeled as fair use, when is it plagiarism? A question that is very hot at the moment due to the verdict on plagiarism by Luc Tuymans. The College Art Association (CAA) very recently published a booklet on the matter. It is a code of conduct on fair use. Although based on the American legislation, very useful elsewhere. Could be help in reflection and debate on the use of other art works in new artistic contexts. The code and an infographic about possible use of the code is available on CAA’s website.

hartbovenhard leuven – het statement was …

26 Oct

academisch hoger kunstonderwijs is wel zinvol en nuttig. Jongeren die Kunsten studeren vinden heel divers hun weg in de maatschappij en zo hoort het ook. Hun kritische, creatieve blik op de realiteit houdt ons scherp. 1901328_10152858681501289_4137250443448174508_n

tomorrow: Barcamp Antwerpen 2014 – tinkering

16 May

to be to tomorrow. Guess I will talk about tinkering creativity and kids! Looking forward to it

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