Living Legends is an intergenerational project that connects tradition with digital culture. It´s focused on the mapping and the illustration of oral history considering the ancient knowledge,myths and legends told by the elderly. Its directed to European youth, who will get inspired to collect the stories of their community and bring them to live again with animation techniques which they will learn in specially implemented workshops. The result is a virtual story map.
rural Germany, rural Estonia
Loss of oral traditions is heavily linked with globalization, and newly connected economic, technological, social, and cultural processes. The resulting interdependence makes communication easier, but at the same time results in the loss of cultural identity, heritage, and knowledge. We ask: How can we use global communication technology as a tool for cultural preservation and knowledge sharing?
We aim to implement projects that preserve oral tradition and strengthen intergenerational connections in communities. The youth of today are the future, if they are not engaged in the preservation of their own cultural traditions then those traditions will be lost forever. Oral tradition is one of memory, to make the youth the guardians of this tradition we use contemporary tools to increase interest and engagement.
An international team of youth workers, filmmakers and cultural managers from Germany and Estonia will develop and implement participative video workshops. Through partnerships with community organizations we will engage young people especially from rural areas in Germany and Estonia to participate. They will interact with community elders and find ways to preserve their community’s oral traditions, indigenous wisdom, and unique world-views through animated audiovisual works. The concept will be available as an open source format on the website and can be adapted to more regions all over Europe. It is the beginning of a longterm project collecting and comparing european narratives.
At the center of the project are the young participants as well as the elders of their community. Living Legends gives voice to both young and old through the sharing of their stories. New technologies do not have to be a cause of distance, but can in fact help to bridge the gap between generations and cultures. When technological tools are used well, they can indeed provide a platform for positive change with regards to mutual respect, exchange, and cultural appreciation.
The use of contemporary technology to engage youth, while using non-formal education methodologies to create scenarios of high intergenerational interaction in the procurement of information and the subsequent creative process. This combination of activities aims to be fully inclusive of participants from start to finish in how they represent themselves. We want to draw an illustrated map of the world, using the imagination of the youth based on the memory of the elders.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Travel and accommodation cost in Germany 15.000, Travel and accommodation cost in Estonia 15.000, ICT 15.000, PR 2.000, Website 5.000, personnel cost 10.000, Design 3.000, Equipment 10.000
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