India,Social Sculpture for

Social Sculpture | Cultures in Appearance

At the Auroville Institute of Applied Technologies (AIAT), an understanding of global competence is also acquired during regular training. This ability is as much a part of modern professional life as the use of creativity. AIAT regularly invites consultants and change-makers from all over the world to raise students’* awareness. Since 2009, creative crews in the context of the German UNESCO partner school KLA-Bremerhaven have been visiting the students* to try out new techniques, find cultural perspectives and values, and find ways to express themselves through art.

During the project week 2011 the regular lessons were cancelled and the students* divided into different workshops according to their interests and strengths. The aspect of voluntary participation was important here. Together with the guest artists* they developed a programme of Bollywood dance, Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance), making music together, research, building, painting, theatre and play. The results were presented and celebrated to the visitors during the school festival, and there was a free hot meal for all.

The ten-day project was designed for young school leavers*.

Social Sculpture | Form and Structure

The young adults* were about to finish school – a time of many exams, learning stress and uncertainty about the future. In the first workshop we talked about their visions of the future, goals and wishes for entering adult life. Most of them formulated professional careers, religious goals, courses of study or wealth. Others talked about marriage and family wishes. In the practical part, the students* lay down next to each other on a brochure spread out on the floor. One person then drew silhouettes around all the others. Afterwards, the silhouettes were a picturesque expression of the ideas for the future. “What do I want for the future? the question was: hearts, dollar signs, a TV, hands, the Dharma wheel, a house, tulips, a temple, cars?

Design of life: “What do I want for the future?”

Workshop Sculpture | Search shape

The second workshop was a further development of the previous one, but extended the medium. In addition to Ytong as the source material, the participants exploited useless computers. Colourful cables, shiny circuit boards, bent plastic, buttons and ventilation wheels offered a material rich in contrast to the grey concrete. In terms of content, we touched on the appearance of the sculptures via bionics and structure with a lot of visual material. The wishes from the first workshop were given a body. India has an obvious problem with the disposal of garbage, this is already known to many. By choosing to supplement the Ytong with electronic scrap, the sculptures were given a clearly critical position.

The two workshops offered the students* plenty of space for action and creativity.


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