Dream diaries

“The Dream Machine is Asleep” di Eva Kot'átková

15 February to 22 July 2018

Eva Kot’átková’s exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca revolves around the theme of sleep and dreaming, and how it allows us to create new visions and parallel worlds. The installation that lends its title to the show, The Dream Machine is Asleep, is a gigantic loft bed with a huge chest of drawers, full of sculptures in which the artist has depicted the dreams of children and young people. Eva Kot’átková explores the boundaries between childhood imagination and the adult universe, suggesting that the realm of sleep is where the two overlap, and turning dreams into an alternative form of storytelling for describing the world around us.

Areas addressed

  • Shapes and colors
  • Language, creativity, expression
  • Self and the other

Educational goals
The main goal of the guided tour is to familiarize children with new techniques of expression, using dialogue to help them look more carefully at works of art.
More specifically, students will be invited to think about their own imagination, creating a visual rendering of it using paints and materials, and adopting different artistic techniques (such as watercolor and collage).

The workshop is divided into two parts. During the guided tour of the exhibition, the children will be invited to look carefully at the works by Eva Kot’átková, focusing in particular on the installation The Dream Machine is Asleep. During the workshop, they will depict their own dreams, using the range of materials provided to create their very own “dream diary.”

Chasing a star (final year)

“The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015” by Anselm Kiefer

The installation is a perfect scene in which to imagine fantastical stories and help children discover the depths of the sky and take a close look at its inhabitants: stars. The artist has chosen them as the guardians of one of the towers, presenting them in the form of shards of glass. But what are stars really like? Where do they come from? Do they live forever?

Focus Areas
• Sciences
• Motor and sports sciences

Educational Objectives
Through play, children will learn a complex concept such as that of the birth of the stars. They will learn what they actually look like (the points are a convention invented by humans to draw them), the matter composing them, why they shine and their life cycle. They will also learn that heat comes from the agitation of gas and dust particles, simulating their movement and heating action through play.

The explanation of the birth of a star is introduced directly during the visit of The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015. Back at the workshop, the student will actively participate in the “birth” of a star, in order to understand together – starting from the basics – the complex creation of these heavenly bodies. This workshop can be integrated with a story (the story of Thomas) to get the children involved and spark their imagination.

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We Are History (final year)

“The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015” by Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer has always been acknowledged as “the artist of history”, particularly German history, because his works originate from profound reflection on memory and on “how to remember”. Each of us has an individual history full of events and encounters that have determined our path: The idea is thus to help young people understand that their personalities are influenced by an array of factors that this activity aims to bring out.

Focus Areas
• Geography
• Italian
• Religion
• History

Educational Objectives
The workshop aims to underscore the importance of individual history, as well as personal and family memories as the constituent elements of collective memory. The child will become aware that his or her personality is the outcome of personal experience and that existence goes beyond the present and is irrevocably bound to the history of his or her own context.

Starting with the reflection on the importance of memory in the language of Anselm Kiefer, students will be asked to identify people, places or things that are particularly significant to them. They will be asked to imagine that they are picking up Kiefer’s Falling Pictures and to think about what they would like to see represented inside the frames. Using recycled material that is provided to them, each child will create his own picture and “content”. When everyone has made their pictures they will build a tower with boxes and use it to hang their works. Kiefer’s pictures will thus be picked up and put back in place!

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