Since its creation, the Cosso Foundation has had the objective of actively working with school students of all ages. With this is mind, activities and workshops develop a sensitivity towards art, music, nature, which help to give young people the cultural tools that are useful for approaching the complexity of the world with a different kind of awareness.
The projects “From one meter down” and “Ulysses”, in collaboration with the artistic project Avant-dernière pensée, are behind the methodology applied when planning such activities.
The Ulysses Project
The “Ulysses” project is a multidisciplinary path of education and creativity.
Ulysses is about man, his travels, which can be real or imaginary, about his limits, his fears and his discoveries.
The theme of Ulysses, a paradigm of elementary conflicts, led us to work in an authentically multidisciplinary way, leading us to develop a training project that is an invitation to travel and a reflection not only on the mythological hero, but on man, in all his strengths and weaknesses.
It is divided into various didactic and training modules and uses theatrical and performative language as a methodology in the development of all activities.
Da un metro in giù – From one meter down
Exhibitions are always accompanied by a special teaching program. “From one meter down”, which was conceived by the Cosso Foundation and Avant dernière pensée, is research for fresh eyes, for attentive ears, for curious hands, for boundless fantasies and was created for all visitors.
It is a specific place, underneath the work of art. It is child-sized but influences the experience of each visitor; it is a space in which to play, reflect, go deeper, which starts from the bottom, from what is apparently a less noble place but it has less content so you can get know a work of art in an unprecedented way and therefore understand it in your own way.
From one meter down it is the attempt to build a chair suitable for different points of view from the one typical to exhibitions which often invites us, pushes us, forces us into something.
This makes it a not only a place for experiences but also the place for an exhibition. In this way it becomes a space which is not limited to a classroom, but it is spread throughout the exhibition.
In 2022 “From one metre down” has also been adapted for the Park. Our younger visitors receive a rucksack that reveals an “explorer’s kit”, with everything they might need on their “journey”, to play. A playbook allows them to broaden the experience of the visit to include the four seasons and also to continue its discovery at home.