Artistic Education for the Heritage
The world development is running in such a high speed that it is hard to maintain a constant definition in terms of cultural goods and their value on the global market. Cultural values are changing their traditional dimension, the things we used to consider domestic manufactured objects, meant to serve in peasant's houses and farms as tools, are becoming culture artefacts belonging to museums. Due to technological revolution the cultural heritage of the world is changing permanently its dimension, museums are becoming more and more interactive, everything is moving, speaking, making loud to attract the attention to the new Homo Sapiens, product of the XXI Century – Homo Advertisingus. Without advertising, signs labelled everywhere this creature of visual culture are feeling lost and frightened. From its traditional value of nominating literature, art, behaviour and crafts - culture is becoming something else – a tool of orientation in the big variety of offer, proposals and recommendations coming from everywhere: walls, doors, elevators, streets, public transport, radio, televisions, computers, museums, ordinary mail etc. Lost in this multiplicity of offers Homo Advertisingus is trying to define its scale of values and it is pretty difficult to find for him a cultural identity as far as in an very Orthodox Church (Orthodoxy by its term means tradition) let say from Romania you can buy a very traditional Orthodox plastic icon printed in a very traditional China factory and it is just a funny example defining the situation from the limit of sacred and profane values of modern culture. Global culture is affecting small cultures or lazy and ignorant cultural factors.
In the middle of XX-th Century French Philosopher Paul Ricoeur(1955) was stressing about this issue:" we do not have only global techniques of production, but also universal techniques of transport, relations, welfare, entertainment, information; we can speak about universal technique values of elementary culture, or may be culture of consume: we are dealing with a phenomena of consume culture with a global effect that is developing an universal lifestyle". The issue was published in 1955 and from that time until nowadays Ricoeur's predictions about the appearance of subculture – and its destructive influence from the epistemological point of view is so real!
In 1972 at 17-th General Conference at UNESCO from Paris was adopted the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. UNESCO started to be conscious about the impact of globalisation – the convention was meant to protect and promote traditional cultural values and to confer them a special status. By that time 20 countries ratified the Convention. In 2002, at the 30-th Anniversary of Convention 175 States Parties adhere to it. World community is using UNESCO World Heritage List as a point of reference than speaking about the importance of a monument. Every year thousands of volunteers are fighting for salvation of cultural and natural objectives. It is good to know that the humanity is still fighting for recovery of its cultural and natural and cultural goods! UNESCO has done a great job from this perspective – has offered a good frame for a unique masterpiece – cultural and natural diversity. It is the mission of every State to supervise and to contribute to the wellbeing of this opus magnum that can define in real and unique sense an identity of a country or a nation. Every objective is reflecting a unique value, is moving the visitor to another dimension of perception o history and culture. Are we able to preserve their tangible value and to leave it to future generations or it is a useless task? Is it necessary to fight to their restoration and promotion or it's enough to digitalise and to let them disappear?
The answers will come sooner than we expect.
The attitudes are not enough; the concrete actions are defining a conscious Homo Sapiens...
The Artistic Education for Heritage was presented as a case study at UNESCO World Conference for Artistic Education from Lisbon, Portugal in 2006 and was rewarded by a diploma of good practice.
The main idea of the project is to use art as an instrument for education of cultural identity and to increase artistic abilities of people through artistic education and creativity workshops.
Global culture is changing the child perception of the world. Kids are not playing with Dragons and Fairy Ladies – their heroes are robots and alien creatures – the same from Japan to Europe, from Europe to Americas. Kids are losing the sense of mystery, magic, kind and patient heroes. The heroes of their time, as predicted by Paul Ricoeur … are universal heroes, global heroes…with no cultural background…
Since 2009 Art &Heritage Association was “adopted” by Cultural Centre for UNESCO “Nicolae Balcescu” and we are building projects together. We have already a nice tradition doing artistic residencies inside Romanian UNESCO World Heritage sites, organising painting, dance and music workshops, educational actions and happenings.
The Artistic Education for Heritage workshop is meant to bring kids into a magic universe of cultural and historic values and to tell them stories that are connecting them with cultural identity they belong to. The experience starts right in the museum – they are exploring places, objects, listening to stories about the people and their life and habits…Myths, legends, symbols generated by these cultural dimensions are raw material for future creativity workshops. After the documentation process in the museum, where kids are allowed to make photos of different objects and findings of their interest, follow a small round table (tea and biscuits) discussion… where the group is deciding the direction of work. By the end of every lesson participants are invited to talk about the objects they painted and the way they did it.
In 2013 at Arocena Museum in Torreon, Mexico was opened an exhibition of 120 paintings realised during the workshop “Artistic Education for the Heritage” from the Cultural Centre for UNESCO from Bucuresti: 26 Romanian young painters were exhibiting in Arocena Museum! The Exhibition was followed by a workshop experiment in Arocena Museum and it was a success.
Art&Heritage Association is happy to share the experience of “discovering together cultural treasures and identities”. In 2013 the group of young students went for a new cultural quest in Rasnov, Transylvania where together with professional artists they discovered medieval history of Transylvania. The final exhibition was honored by the presence of the Director General of the Museum of Romanian Peasant, and President of ICOM Romania Mr.Virgil Stefan Nitulescu.
Another artistic experience was creating together with Professor Sculptor Mario Calcagnile in a open workshop in the Cultural Centre for UNESCO “Nicolae Balcescu”.
Plans for the future - in January 2014 we are planning to discover Gura Humorului and Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina!
Kids are really sensible to beauty and to its fantastic dimension… Our mission as adults is to help them discover this wonderful world!
PhD Zagura Nicoleta
Curator of the Artistic Education for the Heritage Project.
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If I have to define artistic statement of Anna, I would mention few lines of a poem by Mihai Eminescu:
By my own illusion consumed I'm wailing
On my own grim pyre in flames I'm melting...
Can I hope to rise again like the Phoenix
Bird from the ashes?
(Ode (in ancient meter),by Mihai Eminescu, translated into English by Andrei Bantas)
Explosive, unpredictable, longing for life without the end, Anna is reinventing herself permanently. One of her last projects, “Art Crematorium” is an illustration of her artistic believe: “burning everything and reconstructing again!”
As the Alexandria library, that, after burning became the most mysterious and desired legend, Anna’s creation is burning emotions, feelings, moments of life and non-life and is transposing them through the fire of passion and creation on the canvases, colour palette being the first step to the Purgatory!
Apparently, morbid Alchemy of the crematorium is a gate to another reality, a cyclic one, one of a flexible spirit that is permanently looking for its continuous perfection!
In her journeys to future life’s Anna is using as a portal the past – Neolithic goddess, Byzantine symbols, medieval knights; former kings and queens are reappearing on Anna’s paintings. The past is becoming present and future re - burned, restored by Anna’s purgatory.
Anna’s passion for history and its cultural heritage brought her to ART&HERITAGE community, an association affiliated to UNESCO Clubs network. Cooperation followed by today project: opening of the Exhibition Centre for UNESCO “Nicolae Balcescu” that will host the creativity studio “Art Crematorium”, leaded by Anna Ravliuc and her working team.
The objective of the Art Crematorium activity is to teach people the science of artistic sensitivity and to develop creativity skills. It is designed to train the professionals as well as the beginners, to open the gates of soul to another dimension of understanding of the cultural heritage values. Clay is becoming history just after it is burning. After the test of fire it is not decomposing anymore in the ground, it is becoming an archaeological value!
We are inviting you to burn something…
In the Art Crematorium, of course!!!
PhD Zagura Nicoleta , project coordinator, Cultural Centre for UNESCO “Nicolae Balcescu” ,
PRESIDENT of the ART & HERITAGE UNESCO CLUB
www.artandheritage.org , firstname.lastname@example.org
Daca ar fi sa definesc temperamentul artistic al Annei, as folosi o strofa din Oda in metru antic, de Mihai Eminescu:
“De-al meu propriu vis, mistuit mă vaiet,
Pe-al meu propriu rug, mă topesc în flăcări...
Pot să mai reanviu luminos din el ca
Expoziva, imprevizibila, plina de visari si sete de viata fara de moarte Anna se reinventeaza mereu. Ultimul sau proiect “Art Crematorium” este o ilustrare vie a trairii artictice: “ardem totul si reconstruim din nou!”
Precum biblioteca din Alexandria, care, a ars si prin asta a ramas o legenda vie, creatia Annei arde sentimente, trairi, momente din viata si ne-viata si le transpune prin focul pasiunii si creatiei pe panza, paleta fiind doar anticamera din purgatoriu!
Alchimia, aparent morbida a crematoriului este de fapt o transpunere intr-o alta realitate, una ciclica, a spiritului care isi cauta desavarsirea prin numeroase materializari, in eterna cautare a perfectiunii!
In calatoriile sale in vieti urmatoare Anna foloseste drept portal trecutul, astfel incat zeite eneolitice, simboluri bizantine, cavaleri medievali si regi cu regine din vremuri demult apuse apar periodic pe panzele Annei, reevaluind trecutul, regandindul, luptand cu fantomele nefastei uitari.
Pasiunea Annei pentru trecutul istoric si pentru valorile patrimoniului cultural au adus-o in comunitatea ART&HERITAGE, o asociatie neguvernamentala afiliata Cluburilor UNESCO, dupa care a urmat proiectul CENTRULUI CULTURAL pentru UNESCO “Nicolae Balcesu” sub egida caruia se deschide astazi Centrul Expozitional pentru UNESCO “Nicolae Balcescu” , care va gazdui atelierele de creatie si creativitate artistica “Art Crematorium” conduse de Anna si echipa sa de lucru.
In cadrul atelierului se vor organiza lectii de pictura pentru incepatori si avansati, proiectii de filme si productii de specialitate, happening-uri si simpozioane artistice.
Lutul, dupa ardere nu mai devine pamant, devine chiar si dupa ce e spart obiect de importanta arheologica...
Va invitam sa ardeti ceva ...
In Art Crematorium, bineinteles!