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En route pour la vie

exhibitThe exhibit “En route pour la vie” (“On the road to life”) plunges visitors into the past thanks to sound extracts drawn from INA archives, the French National Audiovisual Institute.

Created in 1982, the Road Safety Delegation acts on road users’ behaviour to make them more responsible and contributes to the reinforcement of the safety of road infrastructures, vehicles and users’ protection equipment.

To mark the 50th anniversary of its creation, the agency “The Oval Office” created the exhibit “En route pour la vie”, a travelling exhibition presenting ten iconic vehicles for ten key road safety measures, all paired with sounds, music, news flashes, information related to road safety, … all drawn from the INA archives.

For Benoît Barennes, creative director, it has been an obvious choice to use archive resources to highlight historical events, but also to create in the visitors a form of nostalgia and sympathy. He explains that archival imagery allows us to see what people have seen in past; this sort of communication creates empathy, because we get to share a small portion of the past with the people who have lived it.benoit image

The public has highly appreciated this format, and some very moving feedback was given, especially from people who have lost loved ones in accidents.

The project From Archive to Alive seeks to enhance the importance of archives for the present days: these resources can not only help us study historical events, but can be a mean to better understand it, make reasoned choices and convey emotions.

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How to educate in art according to expressionist painter Mark Rothko

Have you ever wondered about the relevance of art in the education of young students? How could you contribute to an education that focuses on creativity, expressiveness and critical thinking to educate more empathetic and socially aware future citizens?art in school picture

Today’s post may not give you direct answers, but we hope it will be an inspiring tool to motivate you to make small but significant changes in your approach to teaching/training.

From Mark Rothko, a great admirer of the freshness with which children produce artistic expression, and his project “The Scribble Book”, we present five simple strategies to explore art education for secondary school students (equally valid for other educational levels).

1. Just like speaking or singing, art is an inherently human form of universal expression. The ideas, observations and emotions of young students can be transformed into moving and powerful works of art that communicate their views. Reflecting on a complex or topical issue and producing an artistic manifestation that reflects the student’s personal viewpoint can be a transformative vehicle for managing one’s emotions, developing creativity and lateral thinking.

2. Despite curricular limitations, art should not be expelled from the classroom, as limiting its creativity can also hinder the development of other skills such as communication or problem solving. As far as artistic expression is concerned, Rothko recommends providing flexibility, allowing for individualisation of work

3. To reinforce students’ self-confidence, it is possible to promote activities such as collaborative discussions or classroom exhibitions in which students have the opportunity to present and express their opinions or exhibit their work in front of their peers. Inspiring confidence in one’s own abilities will be essential to develop adults who are personally and professionally capable and actively engaged in their environment.

4. Do you want to introduce art into your classes as a learning tool? Then make sure to include references to all stages of Art History, so that students have access to a wide variety of artistic manifestations and styles. This will encourage their breadth of vision and boost their creativity.

5. “Work to cultivate creative thinkers, not professional artists”. Although the reference here to the future artist is obvious, this quote can be equally applicable to other fields (e.g. an engineer or a future teacher). In any case, the approach remains the same – cultivating critical thinking will help develop more self-aware, empathetic and collaborative learners and will result in better citizens in the long run.

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The environment Is in You

“If we are to preserve culture, we must continue to create it” – Johan Huizinga

And it is thanks to technology that we have the possibility to preserve culture, to keep it intact, to escape the wear and tear of time, but above all, we have the possibility to make it accessible to everyone; without limits.

But what is culture, if not everything around us? Indistinctly?
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And how can we preserve it if not by making new generations aware of what is happening, around us? Then the destruction, the fragility, the continuous struggle for survival of our planet is also culture. Climate change and all its dramatic consequences is culture.

This is what the participants of ‘The Environment Is in You’, a contest for students created and promoted by the Global Oneness Project platform, a digital archive of stories, sought to represent.

Indeed, the Global Oneness Project is a free multimedia platform for educators and students. It Is a multidisciplinary library of multimedia stories comprising award-winning films, photos and essays. The aim of the project is to use stories as a pedagogical tool and bring the world’s cultures alive in the classroom.

As explained on their website, the contest invited the students to take a photograph or create an original illustration that documents the fragility, hope, and future of our planet due to climate change.

Many students linked their pictures to the following statement by the writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry: “The environment is in you, it’s passing through you, you’re breathing it in and out, you and every other creature.”

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Domenica La Greca – Eagle Intuition – Portugal

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Digital museum promotes cultural heritage activities

A new digital museum has opened in Marseille. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, various local bodies and the association “La Fabulerie”, the first “Micro-Folies” of the French Bouches-du-Rhône region has opened in Marseille.

A “Micro-Folie” is a digital museum, which can host a FabLab, a Virtual Reality (VR) room, a theatre, a library and an area where people can meet, chat, share a meal and co-create. digital museum photo

A Fab Lab, or digital fabrication laboratory, is a place for people to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent. It is a place for learning and innovation. Fab Labs provide access to the environment, the skills, the materials and the advanced technology to allow anyone anywhere to make (almost) anything.

The main aim of Micro-Folie is to create a multi-purpose venue, co-created with its audience. In fact, every Micro-Folie is unique, as they answer the specific needs of local citizens.

Since May 2021, the Micro-Folie in Marseille has been welcoming young people and adults, who can play with several digital works of art and explore paintings and their history in every detail. Like the From Archive to Alive project, the Micro-Folies want to make digital archives accessible and popular among the youngsters.

The association “La Fabulerie” hosts the Micro-Folie in its museum, Le Fabuleux. To find out more about the frequently organised workshops, visit the website

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Cook It Forward – Bringing Culinary Heritage into the 21st Century

Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community. It is passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Cultural Heritage is often expressed as either Intangible or Tangible Cultural Heritage. One form of intangible cultural heritage is the food we eat and the ways it is cooked. cooking image

Like the From Archive To Alive project, the Erasmus+ Cook It Forward project (CIF) also aims to create an innovative community that brings together vocational training students in the field of cooking and hospitality, teachers and companies in the sector to reclaim and make the most of the traditional culinary heritage of the different European regions, with a contemporary approach.

The idea is to challenge students to come up with innovative ways to elevate the traditional cuisine of their regions, forgotten ingredients or recipes, and traditional cooking techniques in line with current gastronomic trends. Via some real world company assignments, they will work directly with food producers, restaurants and other relevant actors in the field.

In the same way that From Archive to Alive aims to develop innovative education supported by digital resources to create, for example, challenges and competitions for students, CIF aims to develop integrated assignments in the training of vocational students to develop their theoretical content and practical skills. Check out the CIF project website to learn more about this innovative approach:

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