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In Naples the second Transnational Project Meeting and the training “Digital story-telling”

Aggiornato il: 17 lug 2019

The first two days of training took place on the 8th and the 9th of July from 10:30 to 13:30 and from 15:00 to 18:00 in the headquarter of L.E.S.S. Onlus in Naples, Italy.

On the 10th of July a morning session took place to identify the different tasks and deadlines of the project.

The 19 participants came from 6 associations of 5 different countries (Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Portugal).

The subject of the training was “Digital story-telling”.

The first training day was held by two members of the Dutch organisation BMP, Saskia Moerbeek and Frank von Meijenfeldt, who explained individual and group stories as possible methods for story-telling.

In the morning Saskia Moerbeek held a workshop about “individual stories”. She introduced the terms “oral history” and “story telling” and explained their differences and similarities as well as their best use in different circumstances. The participants had the chance to conduct an oral history interview and to tell a story. The participants, divided in couples, shared a story with each other to experience how it is to be an interviewer and an interviewee. Thereafter, two participants recorded (by camera) a conducted interview in front of the group which was then narrated by a third person to present an interview with a real life example.

In the following part of the workshop Frank von Meijenfeldt explained the possibilities to record a story:

· By video camera, mobile phone, audio equipment and/or written documents

· Different ways editing stories (use of software)

· Means to spread the story: YouTube, Facebook, WhatsApp, Podcast)

In the afternoon the topic was “group stories”.

At the beginning there was a short introduction of the process: from story to narrative. After being divided in 2 groups of 9 people, the participants had the chance to create a group narrative. Each participant had to answer the same two questions. Then, by finding similarities in the individual stories of each person the discussion was guided towards a shared group narrative. The work of the two teams was monitored by Saskia Moerbeek and Frank von Meijenfeldt. At the end of the group work the groups presented a creative production/performance, namely: a short performance with sound and shouted keywords and another short performance with a sung and narrated poem.

At the end of the session Frank von Meijenfeldt explained the most suitable ways of digitalization, recording and sharing of a group narrative.

To conclude the first day, Marina Zotaki presented the work of the Greek organization, EUROTRAINING.

On the second day of the workshop two members of the Spanish organization, FUGA, held a workshop about Photovoice as a different story-telling method.

Ada Sbriccoli and Severine Sajous presented different means of applied photography. Then participants had the chance to try “Roboteca”, that is a participatory photography method that encourages story-telling as a group activity. Each participant took a portrait of another participant by smartphone after setting up a home photo studio in an office room. After that, all the photos were printed. Each person chose an important journey in his/her life and described what she/he saw (eyes), heard (ears), smelt (nose), talked (mouth) during this experience.

While exchanging different parts of the faces pictures (by using a cutter) each person could share a story with another person about different senses. For example, exchanging an eye with another person means that the person shares what she/he saw during the experience etc. The choice of exchanging body parts can depend on physical preference or on the nature of the story the person wants to tell. At the end of the session each person could share his/her story.

Equipment needed:

· Smartphone portrait guide

· Portable printer

· Home studio

· Cutters, scissors

In the afternoon FUGA and VERSO LAB presented different methodologies for participatory photography processes and their applications in different projects:

· Facial composite and photomontages; Project: Roboteca

· Portraits and self-portraits with a smartphone

· Using the smartphone gallery as a storytelling starting point; Projects: Transit Tales - LogBook - La valigia digitale (Verso Lab)

· Photowalk; Project: JungleEye

At the end of the session each member of partner organization could share his/her feelings and opinions about the methodologies presented in the precious two days. At that point, it was decided which methodologies are relevant for the Training curriculum:

· Individual life stories: video-audio (podcast; website; story-telling for an audience)

· Group narratives: short performance for an audience

· Roboteca workshop (website; booklet; exhibition)

· Postcards with pictures (to be adressed; placed in public places)

In the morning session, on the 10th of July, the three organizations (CPR, EUROTRAINING, VERSO LAB) presented their opinion about the best way of conducting the trainings in the future.

The main methods, directions, tasks and deadlines were defined for the next period of See.Tell.Listen.

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