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  Educational project

La valigia intergenerazionale
Intergenerational suitcase

A project by Fondazione Vico Magistretti, Fondazione Franco Albini, Fondazione Achille Castiglioni, Triennale Design Museum, Università Milano Bicocca and Teatro degli Incontri, realised Fondazione Cariplo grant.

The intergenerational suitcase is a project that brings members of different generations on a shared journey through the places of Milanese design. It targets citizens from peripheral areas of Milan, inviting them to the places that have made the city a great design capital, the Magistretti, Albini and Castiglioni foundations and the Triennale Design Museum, in partnership with Teatro degli incontri and the Education Department of Milano-Bicocca University.
The aim is to stimulate dialogue among people from different generations, with completely different knowledge, competences and backgrounds. Senior citizens and school students enter the four museums and together they actively learn, construct and discover. The suitcases, whose contents represent the museums and what we can learn about them, are next taken out of the museums in the city-centre and brought to schools on the periphery. Here, adults and children use drama to create new narratives and so to construct new stories to add to the suitcase. Finally, the participants go back to the museum, open up the suitcase again and tell other people about their experience. In this way, heritage that is usually known to and transmitted by experts can be unexpectedly communicated by ordinary people in an informal way. Overall, this is a novel way of giving citizens access to heritage and allowing them to play a more active role in the process. At the end of the journey, those who wish can take part in a series of workshops based on story-telling and self-narrative: they are invited to construct a joint narrative and perform it at the Teatro dell’Arte in the Triennale. The final output is the story of their long metaphorical journey through memories, new learning and expectations for the future.  

Link to videos of the project

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