Earthbeats becomes an operating project within the EU intervention We are the Planet, in which it has been included as artistic workshop. Thousand of pupils have been involved in Spain, Italy,Cyprus and Slovenia during its two-years activities, gathering spontaneous sounds and building sound objects using recycled materials.
The workshop was divided into two stages:
- The first stage was dedicated to the educational examination of the 7th Millennium Goal with practice exercises, report of experiences from other places through videos, photos and a deep analysis of the relationships with the population of Burkina Faso and Benin as project’s partners;
- The second stage was characterized by an artistic approach focused on the spontaneous sound as a means to express one’s own impressions on the surrounding reality. This approach was open to all potentials of the free invention and involved the use of any conventional, invented, found, built-up instrument, with different modulation and intensity.
The results are single or group sounds, deriving from existing songs, completely invented, feverish and uncontrolled noises. A free map of inventions and conventions.
The workshop sessions took place both in classrooms and in the Centri Didattici of the project We are the Planet, in collaboration with the teachers who have mediated and supported all the workshop’s stages. The teachers are thus custodian of those experiences and will be able to pass them on to other pupils, following the tracks that will be left here. Our contribution is also to allow the continuation of those stories, make them visible and diffuse them.
The purpose of this space is to involve others, pass on and exchange what has been made so far and what is possible to do to safeguard the planet