Râul în mozaicuri

Magura si raurile sale: un sentiment de sine, loc si timp

Satellite imagery of Mãgura and the Claniţa river valley annotated by the school childrenRaurile pot transforma peisajul local intr-un mod temporar sau permanent. Aceste schimbari se realizeaza prin eroziune si miscarea sedimentului si solului in jurul albiei rarilor in timpul inundatiilor sau prin depunere in noi forme cum ar fi diguri si insule. Aceste forme nou create pot fi atat estetic placute, cxat si analizate si interpretate pentru a dezvalui cum si cand au fost create, prin urmare oferind o istorie a mediului. Raurile produc o serie de 'semne' in relieful local, de cele mai multe ori sub forma de canale abandonate (paleocanale) care prezinta o gama variata de forme si modele geometrice. Acestea pot fi 'citite' folosind fotografii aeriene, imagini satelitare, Google Earth, harti vechi, dar si GPS la nivelul solului precum si plimbari pe teren. Relatiile lor 4-D (spatiu-timp) pot deasemenea fi descifrate analizand si datand sediment, lemn, os si alte artefacte care umplu aceste cursuri abandonate. Aceste materiale inregistraza si conserva schimbarile in peisaj rezultate atat in urma activitatilor umane, cat si a schimbarilor climatice in regim de inundatii.

A walk along the Claniţa river learning about river history and archaeology and completing activities along the wayUn aspect foarte important si potential controversial pe care proiectul il adreseaza este cum percep locuitorii care locuiesc adiacent de raurile Clanita si Teleorman si se folosesc de aceste cursuri si vai pentru agricultura si apa, schimbarile in peisajul raurilor si factorii care le controleaza. Avand in vedere cresterea preocuparilor cu privire la efectele incalzirii globale asupra hidrologiei si in particular cresterea frecventei inundatiilor sau secetelor catastrofale, a fost considerat ca este necesar sa fie explorate cateva aspecte alaturi de copii si rudele lor:

1. Cum se percep pe ei si schimbarile de mediu, in contextul unui moment timp- spatiu.

2. Cum privesc ei raurile Clanita si Teleorman ca pe o resursa in agricultura, timp liber sau ritualuri.

3. Memoriile lor privind mari inundatii sau alte evenimente naturale (ex. cutremure) care au rezultat in schimbari de curs si forma ale raurilor.

4. Opiniile lor privind posesiunile si conservarea de mediu.

 

Investigating identity using Neolithic Figurines to fire up the imagination and to focus on form, shape and pattern Concertina sketch books to draw and record

Pentru a raspunde acestor intrebari, un atelier de 4 zile a fost condus de Judy Macklin si Mark Macklin intre 17 si 20 iulie 2010 la Scoala de Arte si Meserii Magura, implicand 40 de elevi si profesori. Activitatile care au fost folosite pentru a explora aceste intrebari si pentru a crea o experienta impartasita de mai multe generatii au inclus:

  1. Identificarea
  2. A river walk on the Islaz (floodplain-common land) to collect contemporary finds, to view Neolithic artefacts preserved in river deposits and to discuss favourite haunts for work and play.
  3. Collecting river memories in the form of words and pictures to evoke and provoke a common language of communication.
  4. Looking at satellite images and making maps to appreciate how river landforms are created and to help read the cultural and environmental histories of the Teleorman and Claniţa valleys.

 

 


These activities fall within the disciplines of Art (Land Art and Fine Art), Archaeology, Geomorphology, and History and required some translation of the spoken and written word in both Romanian and English.

Making mosaic tiles to map the river walk and incorporate the figurines Making the Mãgura School mosaic

The project had three primary objectives. First, to inspire in the children a sense of self, set in a particular place and time.  Second, to research and develop with them a greater awareness of the local riverscape and rural environment highlighting links with pre history and human response to environmental change.  Third, the design and production of a series of small mosaics tiles (20cm x 20cm) based on this theme using modern and ancient found objects. The mosaics evidenced not only the time spent with the children but also a shared river experience with the workshop leaders Judy Macklin and Mark Macklin and the school.

The school children proudly display the Mãgura School mosaicTo facilitate and implement the concept, spin off activities resulted in the making of small clay figurines, concertina sketch books of river drawings and memories, an 8 m long aerial-mapped sound drawing, 12 individual tile mosaics, and the permanent legacy of a large school name sign made from glass tesserae.

 

 

The children’s art work was displayed as part of the Măgura Trecut şi Prezent expoziţie at the Muzeul Judeţean Teleorman. Following the exhibition, all work will be returned to the Şcoala de Arte şi Meserii Măgura.

Visit the Mass-media-Resurce section to read Mark and Judy's chapter in the Interventions: Măgura Trecut şi Prezent book [pdf, 2mb]