Instilling cultural values through bodily engagement with human rights

P. Marti, A. Trotto, J. Peeters, C.C.M. Hummels

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    The paper presents vision, approach and outcomes of "Light through Culture", an international design school that aims at weaving, through design, innovative technologies and culture into a new canvas for making and thinking [6]. In this paper we present in particular the second edition of the school that explored the theme of human rights and designed ways of eliciting the exposure of their violation, with the realization of an experiential path through five interactive spaces, in an exhibition called "Experiencing Human Rights". The students built this interactive path to elicit a rich experience and unfold new opportunities for meaning to be elaborated by visitors. Story telling was used, as a way of creating a holistic experience that was not just based on the narration of facts but also exploited feelings and deep cultural values through embodied interaction. Based on the student's craftsmanship and their different cultural and educational backgrounds, they opened up a reflection on human rights, both in their own process, as well as for the visitors during the exhibition. The students' learning activity held Making in its core, and students were encouraged, through cycles of reflection-on-action, to develop their personal point of view, to take responsibility for it and present the designed exhibition to the visitors, inviting them to be bodily engaged and to reflection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Biannual Conference of the Italian Chapter of SIGCHI (CHItaly '13), 16-19 September 2013, Trento, Italy
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event10th Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter (CHItaly 2013) - Trento, Italy
    Duration: 16 Sep 201319 Sep 2013
    Conference number: 10


    Conference10th Biannual Conference of the Italian SIGCHI Chapter (CHItaly 2013)
    Abbreviated titleCHItaly 2013
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