At the Auroville Institute of Applied Technologies (AIAT), global competence is one of the subjects that is taught. 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 elevate the 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 to 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, making music together, research, building, painting, theatre and play. The results were presented to visitors during a school festival and at the end there was a free hot meal for all.
The ten-day project was designed for young school leavers*.
Social Sculpture | Form and Structure
Students are about to finish the school term – a time of many exams, learning stresses 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 spoke of professional careers, religious goals, courses of study or wealth. Others talked about marriage and family wishes. As part of the practical aspect of the workshop, the students laid down next to each other on a large piece of plain wrapping paper stuck together that nearly spread the length of the room. One of the students then drew silhouettes around each of the students lying on the piece of paper. Next, the silhouettes were filled in with drawings representing their ideas for the future. The questions was: “What do I want for the future? The answers were: hearts, dollar signs, a TV, hands, the dharma wheel, a house, tulips, a temple, and 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 base material the participants used old computer parts. Colourful cables, shiny circuit boards, bent plastics, computer buttons and ventilation fans offered a material rich in contrast compared to the backdrop of grey concrete. The wishes expressed in the first workshop were then given a 3D body.
The two workshops offered the students* plenty of space for action and creativity.
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