How boring in math class, integrals...!"
This is one of the tweets an unknown student of a secondary school in Mollet del Vallés (Barcelona) has published on the twitter wall
the artist and educators collective La Fundició
have installed in the Museu Abelló's window
which enable teenagers to show what they think of the place.
The process is simple. Two Blackberries have been given to a youth association in Mollet to be distributed among local secondary school students. The teenagers are allowed to tweet from their classrooms (under the instruction of not being discovered by their teachers). By doing so La Fundició aims to give the students a voice in society, as opposed to their usual roles of just listening carefully and learning. And at the same time to turn the experience into an immediate art project.
La Fundició was one of the guests at the course organized by Manifesta 8 education for teachers of primary, secondary and high schools in Murcia and Cartagena last October. La Fundició presented this and other projects as they have long experience in art and education fields.
During four sessions the participants reflected openly on the role and function that art should have in education today. And a lot was said about the resistance the education system as a whole generates when confronted with processes that cannot be controlled, even if these processes might be useful for students. Furthermore the group found out how the perception of the artistic experience can change just by taking the time to connect and learn each other’s language.
At one moment the latest tweet in the window of the museum reads: “cramming for exams….”
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