The third phase of our artivism project was dedicated to the transfer of artistic skills and techniques that participants would need to be able to express their ideas. But how to transfer complex artistic techniques and languages in a very short time? To guarantee a good quality transmission we wished to invite professional artists to work with out participants. And to ensure that the method of transmission is swift and practical we invited artists to keep these two foci:
“Focus on the active ingredients of the art forms”
According to artist Werner Moron, just as medicine contains an active substance that provokes a change in our bodies, different art forms contain such ingredients that are at the core of the art form. For us, “active ingredient” is a metaphor that conveys the key elements in an art form that can take an effect even in small doses (without doing an extensive training in/about the art form).
During our workshops we invited artists to identify the “active ingredients” of their specific art form, that could give access for participants to a few of the key skills needed to create art works. The selection of such “active ingredients’” helped us to focus the work in a hands-on fashion, without necessarily mobilising previous expertise in the art form or in art history.
Hands-on interactive transmission
It wasn’t our ambition to offer an exhaustive training to participants about specific art forms, rather to equip them with the skills necessary to apply that art form to communicate the messages they chose. So we asked our artists to devise interactive, experiential workshop that give ideas on how such application can happen. The methods that will follow were chosen and developed based on this reflection.
Please have a look at the section of the website dedicated to “workshops for youth – initiation” for an overview.
Then, feel free to pick a selection of initiation workshops.

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