Artivism Workshop by luzie ahrens
The artivism workshop was held in Aarhus, Denmark for participants of the Erasmus
youth exchange program in cooperation with “Passion Udflug” (NRO), “Ungdomskulturhuset Aarhus” (cultural center) and “Useful Arts for Communities” (art platform).
The workshop motivated the participants to actively think about the feelings and thoughts refugees might have when being forced to leave home and live in
a different country. They stepped into the imaginary shoes of a refugee and discussed as a group the challenges one might face in different stages of the journey. It was discussed which elements are needed to feel comfortable and supported in an unknown environment.
The feeling of acceptance.
To find someone who is in the same
situation as me.
People with a good attitude.
My mom preparing my favourite food.
Patience. Helpful people. Getting to know
the city and language.
A photo with my loved ones.
Learn the language. Find a community.
Explore the country.
Learn the language. Find a job. Meet people.
Language courses. Learn about the culture.
Talk with someone who was in the same
Go for long walks. Find someone to help you
with the language. Connect with people.
As shown above, learning the language was thought to be one of the first challenges to take on when being in a new country. In general, overcoming the language barrier and connecting with like minded people was believed to be helpful in most unknown environments.
In the following activity, the students were introducted to the idea of soundscapes and instructed to create an art piece in the form of a sound installation. It offers an approach to overcome language barriers and create a feeling of an inclusive community. The atmosphere established by the installations was anticipated to be welcoming and peaceful, with sounds that remind you of home and make you feel at ease. The participants had all kinds of objects (i.e. bottles, rocks, leaves, paper, …) at hand to use and prepare a small concert.
The participants gained a better understanding of the challenges migrants might face in a new country and which steps they could take to give a hand and make them feel welcome.
They were also introduced to the concept of soundscapes and started to think about sounds as a mean to change the atmosphere and connect with other people.