Europe faces huge challenges: due to the influx of many refugees, many help, but others hover in fear, so that EU member states hesitate to shoulder a common responsibility. Crucial is how the youth as future citizens view this Europe! Often bewildered and unsure about their own future, they need orientation. The project „Europe – my land of dreams“ wants to engage this youth through artistic means e.g. trick film, so that they can discover their dreams of a Europe they wish to live in.
Berlin – Athens, Greece – other cities in Europe
The youth needs freedom to learn out of mistakes made by adults who have lost their dreams. They need feed-backs to their ideas. Instead they feel pressure to conform to fake models of success. Especially the intelligent ones distance themselves increasingly from schools and prefer computer games. They are exposed to images and an invisible violence in a virtual world with no means to protect themselves against all these influences. Youth which joins the IS are but a peak of the problem.
To comprehend socialization patterns the youth is subjected to. Different actors interact with them (parents, teachers), but more important are friends and especially how they learn to cope with being alone most of the time. The poet Brendan Kennelly in „Judas“ believes they are educated from day one to hate the traitor e.g. Judas. By creating a fake enemy picture, they risk to lose their dreams. For „learned hatred is most difficult to unlearn“. To let the youth dream is a prime aim.
A pilot group of youth shall be constituted. The aim is to learn from them how they interact on the Internet and how they inform each other when playing especially games. By bringing them in real time, face of face communication shall be promoted. The group will be asked to go through following phases: 1) narrate and analyse communication and socialisation through games they play; 2) what tensions, problems they experience at home and in school; 3) what images influence their thoughts in response to key events e.g. Charlie Hebdon in Paris Jan. 13th 4) key images of the world (local, cities, Europe, global) 5) interview with adults what dreams they had of Europe 6) gathering of materials for a trick film showing dreams of youth about Europe in future.
For the youth, their parents, teachers and in general all institutions which are involved in the socialisation of the youth e.g. sport clubs, social organisations etc. The youth is being constantly exposed to images seeking to influence and to manipulate them. How can they learn to think in contradictions and decipher images. In short, it is being done so that Europe has a promising future and does not reproduce lost generations as is the case in Greece, and not only there.
By recognizing what problems the youth face and by heeding their wish to have the freedom to learn out of mistakes often not granted, a new socialisation model using artistic means shall be exemplified. By conveying their dreams to adults, they give recognition to values otherwise neglected in a competitive world. That entails learning to overcome failures while staying true to human values. The pilot group should lead to a new model of socialisation of youth in Europe.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
The major expenses for the project are the travelling cost. T travel and accommodation cost of the Team about 8000€. Some of the participants should travel to Brussells to show their movies 10 000 €. Another major expense is for technical devices and materials for painting 5000€public relations 3000€ as well as for personel costs, website, office expenses etc.