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How to Foster Intergenerational Bonding by Using Cellphones to Create Art – mix@ges

a guestpost by Julia Thomé, mix@ges

mix@ges promotes understanding and dialogue between younger and older generations throughout the European Year of Active Aging and Intergenerational Solidarity.

By 2050 almost half of Europeans will be over 50, and the birth rate continues to drop. At the same time family structures are changing: more and more children and young people grow up far away from their grandparents while an increasing share of the population grows old without having children and grandchildren. Opportunities for contact and exchange between the generations decrease.

mix@ges promotes understanding and dialogue between younger and older generations  in five European countries. The project invites young and old to collaborate by creating innovative media products under the guidance and support of professional artists and media trainers. The creative products include iPod movies, audio guides for a museum, blogs about the daily life of young and older people, tagtool performances and digital photography using cellphones (FLOWERS OF OUR TOWNSMILE FOR MEHALF OF THE PHOTO IS FOR YOU).

The participants and their trainers  exchanged their experiences at an International Exchange Meeting in November 2012 in Vienna and present and discuss their work with experts and stakeholders at the International Encounter with Generations, the Arts and the Media on 16th May 2013.

As a central outcome of the partnership, a handbook will be published in May 2013 that will inspire media educators, trainers, artists and practitioners, and transfer knowledge to stakeholders and other interested in the intergenerational dialogue.

via M I X @ G E S.


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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