CULTURAL A. PROJECT TITLE
IDENTITY DAYS ARIADNE’S THREAD: ART AS CULTURAL IDENTITY
● In an increasingly complex society and therefore difﬁcult to understand for too
many interactions, there is the need to simplify, to ﬁnd reading keys, metaphors
and symbols for the information which has to be both communication and
knowledge. In order to ﬁnd out the meaning of things beyond words, to pass
from subjective to objective, comprehensible and reproducible in the teaching-
educational ﬁeld, the project Ariadne’s Thread: Art as Cultural Identity has
From different parts, in the last decade, we hear the words cultural identity
referred to nations or Europe. However, if we need to pass on to young people
ANNO EUROPEO and also the least young this concept, this value, the explanation becomes
PER LA CREATIVITÀ difﬁcult. Therefore we started from a symbol, more symbols consisting of
images which can draw from feelings and emotions, thus forming the basis of
E L’INNOVAZIONE knowledge which unwinds through a thread, Ariadne’s Thread.
The symbols and images are representations of the Italian artistic heritage,
associated to the European one to ﬁnd again our European cultural roots.
The concept of national identity, as regards our country, is not a surpassed
value. This is shown as says Salvatore Settis by the relationship with our
cultural heritage whose uniqueness is for Italians a reason for identiﬁcation
and pride. Italy emerges for the special intensity and comprehensiveness of the
spread of cultural and landscape heritage on the territory, for an unparalleled
model of context preservation. In our towns, a Church or a palace is worth
preserving but above all because it belongs, with a hundred other churches
and palaces, to a very thick unique weft. In this whole, the product of a
IL FILO DI ARIANNA:
secular accumulation of richness is civilisation, the total is greater than the
ARTE COME sum of its parts.
IDENTITÀ CULTURALE In a State where powers and responsibilities are distancing themselves from
the National centralised sphere to give way to the Regions on one hand,
and to the European Community, on the other, the historical heritage is an
important reading unit.
● We need to add the new communication technologies to this which give the
tools to reach the project objectives. From the paper medium the horizon moves
towards the web network, a fertile soil open to new experimentations towards
already known or still to be explored issues.
Subsoil, top-soil, industries, museums, cultural heritage and landscapes are
only some of the many aspects contributing to forming the physical horizon
Organizzazione: on which culture acts through its multiple stories: these, through the web,
Associazione I.C.S. telephones, new mobility means, can contribute to bringing out identities,
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Piazza San Silvestro, 19 qualities but linked in some way to the goods to be enhanced, inserted in the
vision of an economy of desire and expectation of memorable experiences
(sensorial and intellectual at one time) which widens the more traditional
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consumption concept focused on the tangible, solid and serial product as we
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Fax 06 77206257 Many of these qualities which “dress” the goods, products and services offered
e-mail: email@example.com on the market have to do with the context, with physical and symbolical traces
sito web: icsociety.net expressed by places through the languages of cities, architecture, design, art,
literature and lifestyles.
From this perspective the territory of Italy is not second to none as for power and spread of sedimented
testimonies, as for quality, inﬂuences and considerations which receives from the entire world.
● Another aspect of the cultural goods particularly important for democratic societies is the social one. “
Cultural goods are tools of socialisation which move to different directions and propose themselves as models
of deposited identity which, anyway, should lead to some shared values”. Cultural goods are in a historical
geographical, scientiﬁc, landscape and economic environment which leads to socialisation through the
dissemination of their knowledge.
● In the second volume of the work Leggere l’arte (Reading arts) published by Giannino Stoppiani in 1999,
Antonio Faeti affrims: “We can think today that a pedagogy of art can sum up, concentrate in itself and
resolve all the problems of education, we can say that by reﬁnding our eyes, also the ethics of good manners,
also the courage of learning, also the passion of contents and devotion to history can fall within the process
of formation of the very young”.
By sharing this thought, we think that the project “Ariadne’s Thread” will increasingly have to link
to the educational structures present on our territory, schools ﬁrst of all but also the other public
and private educational centres until we reach the ﬁrst but irreplaceable ﬁeld of education which
is the family.
C. SHORT PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Starting form the above-mentioned considerations and from the results of the three-year experimentation
carried out with the project “Ariadne’s Thread: Art as Cultural Identity” which allowed a considerable number
of schools to activate educational and cultural itineraries which led the students to the knowledge and
enhancement of their own territory, starting from the identity consisting of the artistic heritage, the Association
I.C.S. International Communication Society, in collaboration with public and private bodies, launches for the
next three years the project “Young people as interpreters and ambassadors of cultural identities”
● Annual contests at national and European level which invite young students to “create their own Ariadne’s
Thread: from art to science through the history of the territory”, that is to know and enhance their own
territory starting from one or more identiﬁable elements of the same.
● From here the creation of “Cultural Identity Routes” expressed in multimedia form (CD and DVD) and if
necessary also in paper, starting from the artistic and cultural “symbols” present in the territory, by also
comparing them with National and European culture which can be used not only by young students but also
by other categories of users from any social class and age, within the framework of permanent education and
universities of the third age.
● Therefore the “Cultural Identity Twinning”, will be activated. It is an Exchange of students in Italy, between
classes selected according to the validity of the cultural identity project realised in their region and which will
be the guide for those students coming from other regions, thus highlighting the symbols of their cultural
identity represented by their own artistic, scientiﬁc and oenogastronomic heritage.
● At the same time the website www.CulturalIdentityDays.eu can be visited in Italian and English with the
indication of “symbols” which highlight the cultural identity of the EU Countries.
● As regards Italy there will be the Cultural Identity Routes and periodical information will be given in Italian
and English on different Exhibitions and Cultural Events which can involve many users and be an educational
support to school programmes.
D. INFORMATION AND REFERENCES
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NETWORK OF CULTURAL IDENTITIES 2010-2012
YOUNG PEOPLE AS INTERPRETERS AND AMBASSADORS OF CULTURAL IDENTITIES
Following the events held in 2009 within the framework of the CULTURAL IDENTITY DAYS, the Association
I.C.S. International Communication Society, promotes the 2010 Session of the research project “Ariadne’s Thread:
Art as Cultural Identity”, with the support of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and in collaboration with
the Ministry of Education, University and Research and with public and private bodies.
It is possible to participate in the following sections:
1. General Section
the research can be carried out as both an excursus on a speciﬁc topic (for example, architecture of houses
and/or towns, theatre, transportation means, communication, design and/or fashion, etc.) or by highlighting
new phenomena or on a speciﬁc period (origins of Italy, Roman period, Middle Ages, Renaissance, etc.).
2. Sacred Art Section (in collaboration with Fondazione Cardinale Cusano onlus):
the research can focus on the rich cultural heritage of Sacred Art: art for the space of liturgical celebration,
art with a religious Christian subject, art inspired by Christianity, in relation to time, space and literature (for
example the Bible and the classics of the Italian literature, etc.).
3. 150th Anniversary of the Unity of Italy Section
Following the institution of the Interministerial Committee for the 150th Anniversary of the Unity of Italy
celebrations (2011), which promotes literary, artistic, cinematographic, audiovisual and photographic works aimed
at representing the values of the National identity in contemporary times in a signiﬁcant way and by taking
into account the fact that it is necessary to involve school and university students in this activity of research,
documentation and communication, the multidisciplinary initiative is proposed:
A. The itineraries of the Unity of Italy: places, events, characters
To be realised as a guide (paper form and multimedia in CD or DVD) aimed at knowledge, through an
excursus on one’s own territory of history, art and protagonists of the time; a leading thread, “Ariadne’s
Thread” which rebuilds through the labyrinths of memory the values of the Italian identity.
Technical suggestions: as a starting basis at a regional or provincial level we propose the reference metropolitan
area for each publication. We hypothesize 10 metropolitan areas (in alphabetical order):
B. Cyber-Murales section:
The Scientiﬁc Committee of the project “Ariadne’s Thread: Art as Cultural Identity” proposes to Schools and
Universities, as an experiment, to celebrate 150 years of the Unity of Italy, to take part in the realisation of a
Cyber-Murales which highlights one or more symbols consisting of events, places, characters, monuments
or architectures relevant to the regional territory which refer to the Risorgimento period (1821-1870).
Each school can send at most two works (on a CD and in A4 format paper by adding a caption) relevant
to their own regional territory. The selected drawings will form the Cyber-Murales of the 150 years of the
Unity of Italy which can be seen on the Internet and realised also on a speciﬁc fabric. It will be an example
of how the regions contributed, in their framework, to the Unity of Italy. We invite all the schools of the
Italian regions to take part so that the Murales is complete.
4. Cultural Identity and Minority Languages Section
The European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages, Strasbourg, 5th November 1992, in force since 1st
March 1988, is a landmark for the national and regional legislations relevant to minority languages.
The Law dated 15th December 1999 no. 482 art. 2 says that the Republic protects the language and culture
of Albanian, Catalan, Germanic, Greek, Slovenian and Croatian populations and of those speaking French,
Franc-Provençal, Friulian, Ladin, Languedocian and Sardinian.
Art. 1, comma 2 of the above law recognises how the presence of the changeable and articulated range of
heteroglossies with the diversiﬁed presence of traditions, cultures and idioms on our territory have contributed
to enhancing the linguistic and cultural heritage of the Italian language.
Awards will be given to those works presented by the schools of the territories involved which will be able
to create the Ariadne’s Thread of the cultural identity starting from the history of their minority language to
foods, costumes, local events, traditions, colours and typical musics of their towns.
Everything will be turned into dissemination and information materials which will be put on the website of
Cultural Identity Days in Italian and English.
Participation in the 2009/2010 competition
Students from primary schools (10-14 years old) and secondary ones (14-18 years old) as well as from
Universities (19-24 years old) are invited to take part in it.
The works can be made through new communication technologies (Cd Rom, Internet, Video) as well as
through the traditional paper product (in this case we also ask for the realisation of a summary in PowerPoint).
The product should have a short summary of at most one ﬁle and a bibliography and sitography limited at most
to two indications.
No more than 2 works for each school can be admitted to the selection.
The presentation of all multimedia works should have a short summary in digital and paper.
Entry by 15th December 2009.
Send works by 15th May 2010.
The events for 2010 Cultural Identity Days will take place from October to November.
Upon receiving the entry from enclosed, a participation form will be sent. This latter has to be sent together
with the work.
The Ministry of Education, University and Research as well as the collaborating bodies will take care of
disseminating the contest in their websites. It can also be found in the website www.CulturalIdentityDays.eu of
the Association I.C.S.
For any further information we invite to use the e-mail address: email@example.com
A jury qualiﬁed in different sectors of Italian culture and new technologies, supported by Franco Tuba, creative
director of Micromegas Comunicazione S.p.A. and presided over by artist Piero Fantastichini, appreciated all over the
world for his original works which link art and technology, will select the best works which will be presented in local and
national events where they will be given awards. They will then be put in the Internet site www.CulturalIdentityDays
dedicated to the Project Ariadne’s Thread which can be a sort of manual for activities of research and educational
in-depth analyses with the possibility of being a real project in progress open to dialectics between schools, a place
of synergy whose main aim is to give voice to the liveliest voices in the world of school and to contribute to their
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