Awareness Campus – aditus at a training in Italy

From 3rd to 16th July 2017, Teatro Stabile di Torino and Banca San Paolo with the support of the Regione Piemonte organised the Training Awareness Campus in Moncalieri, Turin, Italy, addressed to actors, cultural mediators, animators, dancers, social workers, doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, trainers, gymnasts, singers and students, aimed at the consolidation of a group for conducting theatrical practices for the care of the person and in particular for the migrants.

Being also a Drama Trainer and Artistic Project Manager of programmes exploring themes related to vulnerable, marginalised and displaced people, I flew to Italy, to Turin and was one of the 50 participants.

The training provided a safe space in which everyone, young people up to the age of 85 years old, could express themselves freely and explore their creativity. The applied learning method was based on the constant and rigorous exercise of awareness and attention through the practice of physical, vocal and narrative action and on the practice of articulated instruments for building a way of reflecting on space and relationships with the others. The training focused on acting, interactive theatre, devising to bear witness, raise awareness, and build alliances and a cultural resistance movement at the core of a free and critical society.

During the training, the practical work was supplemented by several public talks of pedagogy, philosophy, history, and literature held by professors and doctors coming from the University of Milan, Bologna and Turin. Also in the evening, the social life consisted of cultural events organised by local organisations of refugees, volunteering associations for people with disability and migrant women groups.

Fonderie Limone, Moncalieri, Turin, Italy.  Ph credit: Giulietta Vacis

The training was very intense, from 9.00 in the morning till 8.00 in the evening. Living for 2 weeks with a very diverse group of people, sharing very personal emotions and stories helped us to develop an environment of inclusivity and integration in which every person is made to understand that she or he has a contribution to offer.

The trainers’ team worked hardly to facilitate and encourage our social interaction, collaboration, positive communication, mutual support and listening through very specific exercises and social games. I think that producing state of art and thought-provoking theatre and media products in order to strengthen collaboration, self-awareness, creativity and imagination is extremely important for working in our community and advocating good governance, accountability, equality, integrity and justice.

Fonderie Limone, Moncalieri, Turin, Italy.                                      Ph credit: Giulietta Vacis

Artistic expression is a strategy to build a sense of community, of unity, of shared values, an alternative world view, and a commitment to making the struggle for social justice an integrated part of our lives.

The cultural resistance campus in Italy aimed to raise awareness and critical sense that is able to analysis of the reality around us and challenge all forms of oppression.

Fonderie Limone, Moncalieri, Turin, Italy. Ph credit: Giulietta Vacis

Antonella Sgobbo, Programmes Officer

 


Which blood colour do you prefer?

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Which blood colour do you prefer?

On 30 September our installation threw pop culture, provocation, and art together to discuss and challenge racism. ‘Colourism Haemophobia: Blood colour complexion’ took place in Valletta at Café Society during Science in the City 2016, the Science night festival—European Researchers’ Night.

The event is supported by the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020 (H2020, 2014–2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Valletta was transformed with interactive exhibitions, artworks, music, talks and live experiments; it hosted science-fun activities for children and young teens, and science and arts workshops.

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Our idea was to create an anti-racist message that could also be used to promote the blood donations. We played with two different concepts:

  • Colourism, discrimination based on skin colour;
  • Haemophobia, a pathological fear of blood.

Our installation presented the tendency to perceive and behave toward members of a racial category based on the lightness or darkness of their skin tone, with the underlying message that skin colour is quite literally skin deep.

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It was a success and a lot of people interacted with the installation, during a pre-dinner drink or a beer later with the sea views at Café’ Society making it the perfect setting for our artwork.

The festival is organised by the University of Malta, Malta Chamber of Scientists and the Research Trust of the University of Malta, in partnership with Jugs Malta, Studio 7, MEUSAC, MCST, Valletta Local Council, Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology, PBS, Notte Bianca, Spazju Kreativ, and General Soft Drinks with Coca Cola.

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Blood, art, racism, science: what are we up to?

On 30 September we’ll be participating in Science in the City 2016 with an installation that challenges stereotypes and invites reflection on diversity.

The ‘Science in the City—European Researchers’ Night’ festival, is organised by the University of Malta, the Research Trust of the University of Malta and the Malta Chamber of Scientists together with a large number of partners. Funded by the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme H2020 (2014-2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, it is recognized as a ‘festival’ by Europe for Festivals and Festivals for Europe (EFFE).

It is supported by Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth & Sport, General Soft Drinks and a number of corporate sponsors.

Entitled ‘Colourism|Haemophobia’, our installation playfully uses blood in order to immerse viewers in questions about identity, prejudice, social cohesion and community.

Essentially, our installation promotes the value of equal human dignity as a fundamental principle and guiding social norm.

The ‘blind’ solidarity expressed when donating blood is a perfect context to underline the need for us to be ‘blind’ to skin colour, and to embrace the common humanity we all share.


Want to know more? Follow the Science in the City programme (regularly updated) for details on our installation’s location…

 

…and we’ll see you there!

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You Are What You Eat project – join us at our talks!

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After the amazing opening night at Blitz of the You Are What You Eat exhibition, we’re happy to announce the public programme organised as part of the same project.

“We are inviting you to think about what you eat, and where it comes from. Essentially, we are also inviting you to imagine the beautiful opportunities presented by the migrants reaching Malta today. How will Eritrea, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Syria, Afghanistan change our breakfasts, our techniques, our utensils?” (Neil Falzon, aditus foundation Director)

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Exhibition opening hours

Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 3pm

Friday, Saturday: 3pm – 7pm

Sunday, Monday: closed

Public Programme

Children’s programme: 30 April @ 2pm

Floor talks with the artists and curator: 7 May @ 7pm

Panel discussion with aditus and invited experts: 19 May @ 7pm

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