Another research at Marres this year is done by Jole Martinenghi.
‘My thesis aims at exploring the role of contemporary art institutions in shaping a sensible and sensory knowledge in the visitors, considering Marres as the main case study. Indeed, the body is just another – and not of less importance – medium to encounter reality beyond the mind. Pedagogical studies have produced a great number of research on the way children encounter the world through their senses. However, once a subject leaves the life’s step of childhood, he gradually unlearns how to sense the world in order to develop cognitive skills that are considered to be more relevant in the process of knowledge production. It’s in this context that the educational program at Marres plays a fundamental role as its constructivist approach helps participants in developing a physical and multisensory engagement with art. In the Dreaming Awake Jongeren Project, for example, young students and children were involved in realizing their idea of dreamscape by means of their body: dancing, playing instruments, painting and so on! By doing so they entered “an alternative world imaginatively and pay heed to different dimensions within it” discovering that “embodied experiences do not only aid in the construction of knowledge; they also help make this knowledge meaningful”.’
Hubard, O. (2007). “Complete Engagement: Embodied Response in Art Museum Education”. Art Education, 60(6), pp. 46-53.