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"Trails", the art project, will focus on early civilizations and ancient cultures in the European continent to promote arts activities in Adult Education, 

searching for links to our present social, human and ecological situation. 

In our last project, we looked at the arts as a powerful and comprehensive tool for adult education. 

The "Trails" project is a continuation of this trend. 

We are linking our activities to a largely ignored European Heritage, the Neolithic period. In general, the prehistorical cultures in Europe.

Our primary source of information will be Archeology, a discipline that has made incredible advances in the last decades. 

But this work that is mainly hidden behind data is not easy to interpret. 

What do we intend to do?

What is different for us?  

 We will react from our feelings and intuition to the vibrant information about this period of humankind.

It is not just a distant past. 

We are the future of that past. 

Many of the hopes of that time are still alive. Some of the fears are still present. The excitement to take the challenge of the future is much happening. 

These are good reasons to do the project, but what does it mean in practice? 

It is project-based in activities.

Activities to get close to the information could be, for example: 

Visit & perceive 

The partner organizations will organize visits to an archaeological site (close to their location) and later reflects the visit in art objects, texts, or performances. 

Active searching & Producing 

Look at Exciting and controversial theories that emerged: For instance, considering the "venuses" and other figurines to consider particular thematic aspects of the period. 

Marija Gimbutas first looked for new ideas in the early 80ths. (The Language of the Goddess, 1995, Harper & Collings) 

Other archaeologists Like Dough Bailey (Breaking the surface an art/ archaeology of the prehistoric architecture, 2018, Oxford University Press) have looked for alternative approaches to the period. 

But it remains full of enigmas and challenges for drawing, photography, short animation, computer-generated images. They are the few of thousands of possibilities to explore this time and open to everybody. 

To work with recycled materials and trash objects is ideal. 

Inform & Create: 

Set a collective study group that works over a more extended period, focusing on one topic, e.g. building links between the social and ecological challenges for the neolithic human and the ones we are facing today. Such works could lead to an exhibition. 

Keywords are #adult education, #longlife learning #personal development #personal growth #informal learning #European Heritage #Human Cognition 

If you are interested, please read our call for participation and get in touch with us as soon as possible. 

http://www.n-arts.org/index.php/trails-art-project/call-for-participation 

 

 

Bild: collage from Rock Art and Neolithic objects.

The background (2nd and 3rd) is Venus from Willensdorf from https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89071957)

Original Von Bjørn Christian Tørrissen , https://bjornfree.com/travel/galleries/