Miholić, Damir & Vidmar, Margareta

Project ‘Those Who Sit with the Wolf’ - arts as a media in the integration of marginalised groups
 

Projekt "Oni koji sjede s vukom" - umjetnost kao medij u integraciji marginaliziranih skupina
 

Damir Miholić & Margareta Vidmar
 

Socially engaged arts project ‘Those Who Sit with the Wolf’ was launched with the aim of opening channels of communication between marginalised and ‘ordinary’ groups of people, the abandonment of the traditional attitudes toward the marginalised and support for the creative potentials of all participants. The project started in the creative workshop of the Day care Center for Rehabilitation ‘Mali dom-Zagreb’. Participants of the creative workshop (group of multiple impaired youth in the age range 15-21) were introduced in the role of artists and led by an art therapist through creative process. The group created two sculptures of the Girls (the alter egos of two participants) and sculpture of the Wolf, which symbolizes the wild self-contained authentic essence. Identities of the sculptures were determined by the projective techniques. These movable sculptures become protagonists of fairy tale-in-progress, developed in art and drama workshops for the target groups of people (disabled, Roma people, assailants, youth with behavioural problems, retirees, kindergarten and school children). Simultaneously, collected narrative and visual content from the workshops was transformed in the interactive theatre play and staged by the students of Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences from University of Zagreb. In the final event of the project, accompanied by an exhibition of visual products, the play was performed for all participants and public audience.

The name of the project paraphrases the title of bestseller of the Jungian analyst Clarisse Pincola Estés Women who Run with the Wolves. In connection with the main idea of that book and the fact that in the settings and the rhythm of modern life many lose contact with their nature, this project opened the space for expressing the authenticity and self-realization of persons with disabilities, members of other marginalized groups and every participant as well.


Projekt "Oni koji sjede s vukom" - umjetnost kao medij u integraciji marginaliziranih skupina

Socijalno angažirani umjetnički projekt " Oni koji sjede s vukom " pokrenut je s ciljem otvaranja kanala komunikacije između marginaliziranih i "običnih" skupina ljudi, napuštanja tradicionalnih stavova prema marginaliziranim i podrške kreativnim mogućnostima svih sudionika. Projekt je započeo u kreativnoj radionici Dnevnog centra za rehabilitaciju "Mali dom-Zagreb". Sudionici kreativne radionice (grupa mladih s višestrukim oštećenjima u dobi od 15 do 21 godina) uvedeni su u ulogu umjetnika i kroz kreativni proces vođeni su od strane art terapeuta. Skupina je oblikovala dvije skulpture Djevojčica (alter-ega dvije sudionice) i skulpturu Vuka koja simbolizira divlju autentičnu suštinu osobnosti. Identiteti skulptura određeni su projektivnim tehnikama. Te pokretne skulpture postale su protagonisti bajke u nastajanju i razvijane dalje u umjetničkim i dramskim radionicama za ciljne skupine (invalidi, Romi, azilanti, mladi s problemima u ponašanju, umirovljenici, vrtićka i školska djeca). Istodobno, prikupljeni pripovjedni i vizualni sadržaji iz radionica, transformirani su u interaktivnu kazališnu predstavu, koju su uprizorili studenti Edukacijsko-rehabilitacijskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu. U završnom koraku projekta, uz izložbu vizualnih materijala, predstava je izvedena za sve sudionike i širu publiku.

Naziv projekta parafrazira naslov bestselera jungianske analitičarke Clarissa Pincola Estés "Žene koje trče s vukovima". U vezi s glavnom idejom knjige i činjenicom da su u ritmu modernog života mnogi izgubili kontakt sa svojom prirodom, projekt je otvorio prostor za iskazivanje autentičnosti i samo-realizacije osoba s invaliditetom, članova drugih marginaliziranih skupina i svih sudionika.

 

Biography

Margareta Vidmar graduated at the School of Painting Agora and Faculty of Educational and Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Zagreb.  At the Faculty of Medicine she finished her master’s degree in psychotrauma and she is educating in art therapy. She works as a therapist who use artistic media and art in rehabilitation and therapeutic process and is leader of the creative-integrative programs at the Center for rehabilitation ‘Mali dom-Zagreb’. She is a collaborator at Department of Creative Art Therapies on Faculty of Educational and Rehabilitation Sciences. She participates and initiates social and therapeutic-oriented art projects which deal with marginal groups in order to enhance their active participation in society. From 1998, she has actively participated in solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. She is a member of the Croatian Art Association.

 

Damir Miholić is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Zagreb. He is course supervisor of undergraduate and graduate courses (Creative Therapy, Psychodrama, Psychosocial Oncology) and author and co-author of several scientific and professional articles. As a speaker, he has actively participated in several domestic and international scientific and professional conferences and has been a member of several conference program and organizational committees. Also, he is working as associate drama pedagogue in Zagreb Youth Theater and psychodrama therapist. He is exploring the possibilities of applying creative media, especially theater and drama in education, rehabilitation and therapy. He was the leader of many domestic and international workshops for children, young people and experts from various fields (educational-rehabilitators, psychologists, pedagogues, teachers, drama leaders ...).

 

Recent Publications & Presentations

Margareta Vidmar

2017: Sculpture as medium in integration of marginalised groups in cultural and public life ‘Project Rhinocheros’, ECArTE 14. art therapy conferenceTraditions in Transition new articulations in the arts therapies, Krakow, Poland, 2017. (Poster presentation)

2013: Vibration therapy as prelude to art therapy session: case study, co-authored - dr. A. Katušić, International complementary supportive therapies conference ‘Art and Science in Development of Life Potential’, Pula, Croatia (oral presentation)

2012: Universal design for learning and application in working with young people with multiple disabilities, co-autored - I. Macokatić, 8. International Scientific Conference: Research in Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, ERF, Zagreb, (oral presentation)

2009: Performance as a therapeutic method and media in work with people with visual impairments and additional disabilities in public life’, International Complementary supportive therapies conference ‘Art and Science in Development of Life Potential’, Lovran, Croatia (poster presentation)

2007:  Creative processes and methods of making sculptures for Multisensory Park with MDVI children, 9. conference ECArTE ‘Arts in Arts therapies – new challenges, new horizons’, Tallinn, Estonija  (poster presentation)

Damir Miholić

2017: Miholić, D., Brčić, J., Lisak, N. Arts/Expressive Therapies and Coping of Child with Malignant Disease, ERFCON 2017 - The 9th International Conference of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb (oral presentation)

Miholić, D., Martinec, R. (2013).  Some Aspects of Using Expressive Arts Therapies in Education and Rehabilitation. Specijalna edukacija i rehabilitacija, Vol. 12, br. 2, 221-240.

Miholić, D., Prstačić, M., Stepan, J., Nikolić, B., Vojnović, A. (2011): Creative and art/expressive therapy as complementary approach at the children's hospital hematology/oncology department: excerpts from case studies. Libri Oncol., Vol.39, No 1-3, 37-44

Miholić, D., Vidmar, M., Hanić, A. (2009): The Raft of the Medusa and Eppur si muove, Galileo: fine art, drama and dance elements in Ex-Gen Creative Therapy. In: Proceedings of International Sympsium Art and Science in Life Potential Development III (Ed. M. Prstačić). HUPO, SofArtCro i ERF. Zagreb

Prstačić, M., Miholić, D., Tanay, R.E. (2006): On Arts, Education, Bioetics and Interdisciplinarity - International InSEA congress: Interdisciplinary Dialogues in Arts Education, March 1- 5, 2006. Viseu, Portugal (oral presentation)