At MUCCA Project, we are conducting creative workshops geared towards children. To date, we have organized a workshop for elementary and junior high school students at Gifu Media Cosmos in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture.
On July 19th and 20th, 2015, MUCCA project organized a public workshop event titled Universe of Sound: Make, Share, Combine. The workshop was part of the opening event Everyone’s Art at the public facility Gifu Media Cosmos. Over the course of the opening, we conducted four workshops, which were attended by approximately 60 local elementary and junior high school students (including participants with disabilities).
Together with facilitators, workshop participants created pieces using MUCCA. The pieces were sent to a large projector screen by a special system set up at the site. Participants remotely controlled their projected objects from their tablet devices.
At the end of the day, there was a small concert to share the results of the workshop. Saxophone and accordion accompanists improvised with projected materials from selected pieces. In addition, we asked members of the audience to control the objects on the screen from tablet devices. The ensemble performance was played on speakers at the venue.
During the event, we saw participants completely absorbed with their MUCCA creation, chatting and sharing what they made with their friends and family, and nervously but earnestly performing with tablet devices.
.pf(dot-pf) workshop @ Media Cosmos 0719-20 from dot-pf on Vimeo.
The workshop system is designed to allow remote participation through the MUCCA app. For example, users can submit their pieces to the event venue from their home, educational institution or medical facility. The workshop system itself is designed for multipurpose use and we are considering the possibility of offering this system to different institutions, which can then independently host exhibitions and workshops. It is one of the aims of this project to utilize new media and expand the creative circle, free of geographic limitations.
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