HearMe WORKSHOPS

How to make remote art relevant?
How to make classical museums contemporary?
How to connect youth with old?
Simply: HEAR them.

National Gallery of Slovenia, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Gallery of Matica srpska, and Innovación Social Emprendedor Social have joined the HearMe project to co-create a profound museum experience for young people, which changes the way they approach the world around them. Present times demand nothing less. With the 21st century migrations, Europe is facing a change of biblical proportions. We need to rationalize what is happening around us. We need empathy, the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes.
Through HearMe workshops, museum educators, teachers and the youth embark on a journey towards empathy and away from intolerance.
The HearMe workshop is based on several methodologies (BrickMe, Design Thinking, Gamification, open art dialogue) that are adapted for museum setting. In the workshop, we construct our own statements out of physical matter. Although everybody uses the same material, each model looks different. We explore differences and similarities through critical thinking. We contextualize our positions. Everything becomes more complex. Connections are made while relations between models are being built. Our absolutist view becomes part of an intricate web. Then, a hypothetical situation arises and we have to solve it. Who moves where? What does that mean? Who does it affect? Employing teamwork, ingenuity, problem solving and social skills, we co-create a solution. Through smart phones, it goes viral. We link our understandings with the works of art. Within museum permanent collections, we explore the art made by migrant artists, migrant motifs and works that migrated between countries. Why were they moved? What did they leave behind? How did they change? How would we act in a similar situation? Therefore, through a series of exercises, the art becomes alive. Now, it becomes part of solutions to pressing issues. Now, we understand. Now, we work together. Now, we hear.


Free of charge
4 hours of attractive, creative, relevant, and interactive programming
Non-elitist and bottom-up approach
Discussing global topics like migrations, tolerance and empathy


BRICKME IN THE HEARME PROJECT IMPLEMENTED A SIX-STEP PROCESS:
1. Place four questions to museums and galleries
- What is your purpose in this project (art pieces connected to the project)?
- What would you like to change in your actual way of doing workshops?
- What do you think are your needs related to the project and your organisation?
- What would you like to be different after the workshop?

2. Ask museums/galleries to include a selection of works of art in the workshops
Each work of art has to enable reflection among many different topics, including essential skills needed for the modern world:
INGENUITY
CRITICAL THINKING
PROBLEM SOLVING
TEAMWORK
COMPETITIVENESS
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS

Throughout the process, the young people work on EU competencies:
COMMUNICATION IN THE MOTHER TONGUE
LEARNING TO LEARN
INTER-CULTURALISM
SENSE OF INITIATIVE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
CULTURAL AWARENESS AND EXPRESSION

3. Internal debate on the questions and themes that connect subjectmatter and project goals
As an example:
- complete lack of solidarity/empathy
- terror, betrayal, envy
- rules that are defined within a group, peer-pressure, group-dynamics
- leader – ring leader – power
- bullying (black sheep)
- rape, question of responsibility
- migration

4. Run five-day BRICKme training at Narodna galerija in Ljubljana
The training is a combination of the different methodologies. The first three days are about understanding the purpose of the different tools. In the last two days we develop the workshop prototypes, combining the works of art, the themes and the tools.
During training, around 12 different workshop prototypes were developed. Each museum/gallery presented their idea and used feedback to modify the prototype. Understanding that these workshops would impact the organisation from different points of view, business models were designed to understand:
- the value proposition that makes the HearMe project unique
- the key activities to implement it properly
- the communication channels and the “what-is-the-message-to-deliver” to the target group
- the key competencies of the museum educator

The training workshop structure delivers a series of activities that focus on three main blocks:
- warm up the audience
- concentrate on the central theme
- reflect on the findings

What is critical is to put in find the right formula that includes a work of art, the theme, questions and a museum educator.

5. Prototyping the workshop museum educators developed in Slovenia
They tested the prototypes. The gain of new experiences starts, the ecosystem of museum educators is ready to get and provide feedback from participants, teachers, and themselves.

6. Shadowing, documenting the experience
The observation produced insights and gathered information and questions for reflection.
- talking to the museum educators involved in the workshop experience
- interviewing teachers and students
- attending the workshop sessions media content is based on 15 questions and with the idea in mind what a museum/gallery has to do to implement the HearMe methodology. How to approach the implementation, what they should take into account for a successful experience, what are the steps to follow? Understanding this is part of the audience development strategy needed to provide a successful experience.