Beyond the screen: understanding the territory through contemporary art and cinema is a project aimed at teachers and students of the I.C. Statale Pirandello in the Isolotto district of Florence. The project enhances critical knowledge of audiovisuals, broadening the educational offer, and provides skills in writing, producing and editing a short film through workshop methodologies and innovative content.
Due to the topics covered, the project lends itself transversally to all subjects of study and as a useful teaching support for civic education, as well as for artistic and historical-artistic disciplines. 

The project includes several actions aimed at teachers and students: Too see in order to teach, a training course on cinema for teachers; Children film their game, a workshop for pupils in classes IV and V of the primary school; Imaginary guide to Isolotto, a workshop for pupils in classes III of the secondary school.

The project ends with an exhibition open to the public where the videos and photographic documentation of the workshops will be displayed.

The project is realised within the framework of the Piano Nazionale Cinema e Immagini per la Scuola promosso da MiC e MI.
Moreover, the action Guida immaginaria dell’Isolotto has received a contribution from Fondazione CR Firenze in the framework of “PARTECIPAZIONE CULTURALE”, the thematic Call for Proposals that the Foundation dedicates to the support of cultural programmes aimed at enhancing the active participation of the local community and the social inclusion of the suburbs.

TOO SEE IN ORDER TO TEACH

A training course for primary and secondary school teachers at the I.C. Statale Pirandello aimed at fostering the ability to critically read the language of film. The course will be held by the expert trainer of visual education Milo Adami, who will provide the basic tools on how a film is constructed and realised and on the practice of moving images in contemporary art. The course is preparatory for the teachers’ coordination of the two subsequent workshops aimed at students. The lectures by Milo Adami will be followed by two meetings held by Lo schermo dell’arte.

The Toolbox – Too see in order to teach is accessible with a private password by clicking here: LINK
Content for teachers:
– lecture recordings
– PDF presentations of lectures
– links for viewing films
– bibliography and sitography on art cinema and art documentaries

Thursday 27 October
The origins of cinema, an interdisciplinary teaching unit

Thursday 3 November
Cinema as an inner/outer narrative, an active tool, some case studies

Thursday 10 November
The cinema narrating the school / a story in images

Thursday 17 November
Cinema and online archives / didactic and creative reuses

Thursday 24 November
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Silvia Lucchesi, Cinema and visual arts

Thursday 1 December
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Valeria Mancinelli, Moving images as contemporary art practice

Milo Adami is a filmmaker and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and ISIA in Urbino. He holds a PhD in Performing Arts from La Sapienza University in Rome. In recent years, his research has been oriented towards a historical overview of the relationship between art and the moving image.

CHILDREN FILM THEIR GAME

Educational workshop aimed at classes IV and V of the I.C. Statale Pirandello primary school. The workshop is held by artist Maria Pecchioli and provides writing, development and filming skills for the production of a short film on the theme of the game.

The workshop includes a classroom screening of the audiovisual work Children’s Game by artist Francis Alÿs, presented at the Belgian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2022. The work consists of 33 videos on the relationship between children and their ways of playing in areas of the Global South, from Mexico to Iraqi refugee camps. 

The artist will meet the students and teachers to set up the workshop on the script and storyboard of a short film on the theme of the game as rediscovery of the territory. At the end of the cycle of lessons, the artist will coordinate the students in the shooting phase of the short film and will edit it.

The Toolbox – Children film their game is accessible with a private password by clicking here: LINK
Content for teachers:
– video tutorials and PDF handouts with basic directing, filming and editing techniques
– TED video lectures on storytelling
Content for students:
– excerpts from artists’ films on the theme of the game
– simplified tutorials on storyboard design techniques, framing, directing

The calendar will be posted as soon as it is available.

Maria Pecchioli works in collaboration with art institutions and companies. She uses different languages and media (filmmaking, performance and workshops). Lecturer in Design, Decoration Techniques and Technologies, NABA Rome.

IMAGINARY GUIDE TO Isolotto

A workshop aimed at the third grade secondary school classes of the I.C. Statale Pirandello organised by artists Roberto Fassone and Giacomo Raffaelli. It will provide learning tools for the production of a short film (writing, production and post-production), and will enable the students to deepen their knowledge of their neighbourhood and creatively inhabit it.

The workshop creatively develops the interview format. The students are asked questions about the neighbourhood they live in, about their daily lives, but also about their preferences, dreams and wishes. The answers to the questions do not take place in written or spoken form, but through the creation of videos filmed in the neighbourhood and edited with open access web materials. The students are then invited to work in groups for the filming and editing.

The Toolbox – Imaginary guide to Isolotto is accessible with a private password by clicking here: LINK
Content for teachers: 
– book sheet H. U. Obrist and H. P. Feldmann, Interview by Hans-Peter Feldmann (Walther Konig, 2009)
Content for students:
– extracts from films and videos made with found footage; images from the world of youtubers and digital creators and from copyright free stock image banks
– maps, charts and plans, textual documents and iconographic sources on the Isolotto district (preparatory to urban exploration)
– technical tutorials and handouts with basic directing, filming, editing and post production techniques

The calendar will be posted as soon as it is available.

Roberto Fassone teaches at the Istituto Marangoni Firenze. He realises workshops for museums (Centro Pecci Prato; HangarBicocca Milan; OGR Turin; ZKM Karlsruhe), cultural institutions, companies and universities (ISD Dusseldorf; MADE Program Syracuse).

Giacomo Raffaelli is involved in education in the environmental humanities. He has exhibited in Italian and international museums and institutions, including MART Rovereto, Galleria Civica Trento, Viafarini DOCVA, Centrale Fies, South London Gallery, Mediterranea 17-Young Artists Biennale.

EXHIBITION

The project will have its concluding moment in an exhibition where the videos made by the students will be screened, accompanied by a selection of photos documenting the project. The 3-week exhibition will be held at the Galleria Isolotto, a space managed by the Centro Nazionale di Produzione per la danza Virgilio Sieni. The exhibition represents a moment of collective fruition of the results open to the citizens of the Florence area.

BEYOND THE SCREEN: UNDERSTANDING THE TERRITORY THROUGH CONTEMPORARY ART AND CINEMA
is realised with the contribution of:

  • Ministero della Cultura e Ministero dell’Istruzione within the framework of the Piano Nazionale Cinema e Immagini per la Scuola
  • Fondazione CR Firenze within the framework of “PARTECIPAZIONE CULTURALE”

in collaboration with:

  • I.C. Statale Pirandello – Florence
  • Centro Nazionale di Produzione per la danza Virgilio Sieni
  • Quartiere 4 Comune di Firenze