The video is a cut-up of impressions we've collected in our nearly 10 years of activity. It does not represent the project, which is explained in the following paragraphs, but we wanted to capture and share the atmosphere that is created when people gather in the former St. Bernard Church now an art and education space. Our mission is to create a community gathering place where generations can meet in an informal setting, exchange ideas, and participate in quality offerings geared toward all ages.
Educational and artistic project: Cut-Up & Remix Lab
In Italy, the percentage of hyper-connected girls and boys has grown, reducing the digital divide between north and south. What is underway is an anthropological mutation toward a digital era that will bring significant changes to the world of work. In the future, most jobs are expected to require at least a moderate level of digital skills and strong non-cognitive skills.
The Cut-Up & Remix Lab project proposes an educational and artistic program that aims to improve the digital skills of young people and support them in the development of non-cognitive skills in a working group that shares a passion for electronic music.
The workshop is developed in cooperation with the young participants to refine their knowledge of sound production with the objective of producing content and sound material to produce a radio-play.
We want to give young people insight into the creative possibilities beyond the increasingly perfect, high-resolution hyper-reality by offering a creative space for their ideas, where even amateurs can find expression.
The main goal is to strengthen digital skills and individual expressiveness capabilities to meet the challenges of our current society and its rapid transformation. We want to provide guidelines to positively imagine the future.
Media education today is essential, and more space must be found for the promotion of conscious use of digital tools. The project seeks to reconnect with the experimental spirit of the dilettantesque audio-cassette scene of the 1980s and its robust and courageous protagonism. Naive and imaginative play with technology becomes an act of liberation from the same.
The radio work this project intends to realize is a cut-up of the personal stories of the participants, remixed with other material that emerges during the collective work.
The web-radio Fangoradio is the project's media partner.
The project is scheduled for Fall 2021 from September to December.
Content will be developed in sessions that are co-designed with the adolescent participants. We present an overview of audio software and its applications and introduce them to analog technologies.
The workshop will deepen knowledge of the use of modern sound production tools. Young people born in the digital age should also have concrete and tactile experiences related to analog means where the material itself plays an essential role. Cutting a magnetic tape, looping it, and then playing it back is a real revelation. This simple experience makes it easier to understand the processes performed with audio software.
The use of analog technology always invites us on a journey through history. We will provide participants with an overview of the origins and artistic and technological developments in the field of electro-acoustic production.
Essential to the workshop is the creation of confidence and trust among the group through team-building exercises led by a certified trainer.
At the end of the workshop, participants will receive the support of a counselor who will guide them in applying the experience toward a potential future educational or professional path.
Rewind - Punk, Mixtapes and the birth of Generation Y
It's 1981, and German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk release the album Computer Welt. The video for the track "Taschenrechner" portrays the 21st-century musician in a farsighted way: It is possible to make music with a pocket calculator.
In the 1980s, there is a radical change in music. The influence of punk makes it possible to produce music without really having to master an instrument. The DIY scene and the audio-cassette culture, with its self-distribution, change the music scene and its market. An incredible number of music nerds and amateurs are experimenting at home and creating dystopian sound documents in a Cold War atmosphere. The minimalist rhythms of analog synthesizers are just the prelude to a rapid and radical change that culminates in the digital era we find ourselves right now.
Today - 40 years after the release of the album Computer Welt - most children and young people in Italy own a smartphone and are hyper-connected. There's no more flickering, crackling, or hissing; everything is perfect and overpowering. The age at which children have access to a smartphone is younger and younger, currently around 10-years-old. Today's cell phones are powerful digital tools for creating and editing images and sounds. Still, surprisingly few young people use their smartphones to make music.
...they rely on technology to get their bodies to produce dopamine, which makes them addicted, so much so that throughout their lives they will continue to turn to technology in times of stress. They grow up in a world of instant gratification, never having to wait for anything but getting everything they want at the click of a button....
First and foremost, your donation will be used to ensure that the project is free for participants—we would especially like to ensure the involvement of kids from families in need. We invite you to make a contribution that would positively impact the lives of these families. Childcare and youth engagement by qualified adults require sufficient funds. Children and adolescents from socially disadvantaged families are particularly at risk of being "left behind" due to the pandemic. The transition from school to work is essential for social participation and self-determination. Children cope better with crises and change if they are open to new things and are well integrated socially.
In addition, the use of analog technology generates more costs. We must provide the means and materials currently not in our inventory, such as a reel-to-reel tape machine and consumables such as magnetic tapes. Your donation helps us provide a unique, decelerating experience for young participants using analog equipment to rediscover the meaning and beauty of slowness.
SBA+C San Bernardo Agri+Cultura APS
Founded in July 2012, SBA+C San Bernardo Agri+Cultura APS has been curating activities in the former San Bernardo Church / Art and Education Space since January 2013.
SBA+C’s goal is promoting art as a right to expression, enhancing the potential in each individual through the use of different languages, and encourage attention to what surrounds us.
The association organizes meetings and events dedicated to art—particularly cinema, photography, theater—science, education, new media, environment, and mobility. It promotes awareness of the body and movement, somatic education as a basis for learning processes. It organizes activities from October to May for parents and babies, children, teens, adults, senior citizens: contemporary dance, Pilates, BMC®, Feldenkrais Method, Yoga.
Summer workshops are offered from June to September involving international experts who lead sessions with specific themes: cinema, photography, visual arts, music, theater, language learning, science, dance, circus, acrobatics and aerial dance, fencing, martial arts.
In addition, SBA+C holds workshops in early childhood education settings and primary and secondary schools. Furthermore, it provides training courses and seminars for teachers and educators and supports companies of theater, dance, and musicians through artistic residencies.
Andreas Fröba / prject design
As co-founder of the association SBA+C, I started offering workshops in the field of audiovisual almost ten years ago, working mainly with children and young teenagers. The topics are often original and explore areas beyond the mainstream. At the core of my work is experimentation and the free use of images and sounds to stimulate individual expressiveness. This approach stems from my professional background, which began with experimenting with Super-8 and a Korg MS 20 synthesizer. After studying film in Germany with Fernando Birri, Michael Pilz, and Jonas Mekas, I created multimedia installations, films, and performances.
I have lived in Tuscany for over 20 years and work as a sound designer and video maker. I have collaborated with Anonimascena, Krypton, Sosta Palmizzi and TPO. For SBA+C, I am responsible for the planning and organization of events and workshops.
Bianca Papafava / dancer, somatic movement educator
I graduated in contemporary dance at the University of Performing Arts Folkwang, Essen. The long period during which I worked with Raffaella Giordano / Sosta Palmizi was fundamental in my formation as a dancer. After the birth of my first child, I started working with children's theater companies - TPO, Piccoli Principi, Teatro all'Improvviso.
My second and third children led me to become more and more interested in the development of the senses and movement in the first years of life. This curiosity continued throughout my training in Body-Mind Centering®. I am a co-founder and current president of SBA+C. I organize and lead recreational activities for children and teens, groups dedicated to parents and children from 0 to 6 years old, contemporary dance for adults and children, and I am an instructor during the summer centers. In addition, I lead workshops on body awareness and movement in schools, from nurseries to secondary schools. I also handle administration and the reception at SBA+C.
Daria Dall'Igna / professional counselor
My passion is to lead individuals in exploring their potential to create a school, professional, or life project in which they realize themselves. After obtaining a BA in European Studies at Royal Holloway College, University of London, I specialized in Expressive Counseling in Italy and then in Orientation Coaching and Narrative Practices in France.
For years I have been conducting Expressive Counseling workshops in public and private institutions and in schools of all levels, and I collaborate with higher education institutions and foreign universities to promote the well-being of students and assist their cultural integration. In recent years, I have become passionate about school guidance for young people and the re-orientation of adults. This led to the founding of the Sinopia Team within the CO-STANZA Space in Florence, where I offer individual and group guidance.
I have continued my professional development, dividing my time between Italy and France to enhance my work with new and stimulating knowledge and tools.
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SBA+C San Bernardo Agri+Cultura APS
SBA+C aims to speak to the local area while widening its gaze towards a globally networked panorama. In this familiar setting, the distance between experts and the public is reduced to a fertile and authentic encounter. The intimacy of the ex-church of San Bernardo surprises the public with original proposals in an informal setting, offering families a personal approach and conveying a broad vision of the link between nature and art.