MIRRORING AS CARE, MIRRORING AS EMPATHY, SEEYOUTH – MIRRORING COMMUNITIES TROUGH ART AND DESIGN 2021, INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF LAPLAND, ROVANIEMI, LAPLAND, FINLAND, DECEMBER 1TH 2021
Martin Balaz, Erik Rejta
Abstract: We bring together visual arts and design-based activities with perspectives to develop new ideas in response to the ongoing global turbulence which is impacting most youth social contexts and their communities. “Action Centric independent artistic research & development fusion” and “Synergic research & development Design Strategy” represent the value of arts-based action and research in achieving sustainable change, social and economic marginalisation experienced by youth and how we can anticipate and challenges urgently require innovative ideas, methods and outcomes. We use the concept of “mirroring” as reflection and also as a way to compose new connections and inspire new relationships. “Star Status Philosophy” connect stars to new composition with other stars in constellations with new connections and create a new composition and new context. Our model method of ‘mirroring’ we become through action-centric development and application through art and design research. We develop the mirroring concept as a way to establish virtual spaces and build virtual bridges for conversation and collaboration in the education design process among youth and we applied this across geographical distances with “Virtual Connectivity” – Informal Connective Virtual Conferences Series. So, we explored, how mirroring might be used as a potent tool across the arts and in terms of design so that it can help inspire or influence social movements. Star Status Constellation relationships become our central ways of approaching and utilising mirroring in the contexts of arts-based and design methods. “Freedom-based compatibility/mirroring” has much to offer in terms of how it can be utilised within and outside of individual academic contexts or disciplines. “Authentic design essence layers” allow us to recognise empathy, intersubjectivity and understanding in our own actions. “Open sphere strategy” mirroring mechanisms in the human mind creates the basis of social context mirroring contributing to a new composition of motion, emotion and empathy which create new experiences. Multidimensionally intellectual mirroring components – space for interaction, collaboration, identification and communication can embody action which, when used as a movement in action-centric performance, can create emotional and rational understanding status. Through actions mirroring our own views and ideas, we are able to develop society. We can also from our Trans-Continental geographical position from the east direction mirror our project with this multi-disciplinary concept of the Trans-Atlantic Mirroring method.
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