“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me” sings Jim Morrison. The artistic mediation, to quote Jim Morrison, wants to touch, feel and heal.
In this article we talk about artistic mediation, a practice that is still unexplored and young, not yet “canonized”, and as often happens it is the non-profit sector that experiments and promotes innovations in the socio-cultural field.
Many of the social problems and neuroses that afflict our society derive from the barriers created by it, our family or our culture and these prevent us from finding our true self. For these reasons, artistic mediation becomes therapy that helps people to free themselves from these chains, to “be themselves and not what others want us to be”.
Artistic mediation is a profession of young people, especially young artists who also have a social commitment, the mission to share their art with others.
Finally, artistic mediation is a profession with good service potential for young people because of its strong potential for horizontal work among peers, its adaptability to different contexts and subjects, to heterogeneous groups.
Moving from modern to contemporary, it was art itself that came closer to the human being, it became “participatory”, “communitarian”, “interactive”. It has made itself available to be shaped on different paradigms and different skills of its trainers, who, in turn, have expressed it in different movements and approaches.
Today contemporary art seems distant for many people, but it is enough to reflect on what it tells us, such as the artist Werner Moron. He informs us that within each of us there are “active ingredients” that are exactly the same ingredients at the center of any form or artistic experimentation.
What does this mean? We think of our usual repertoire of representations, of actions. For example, the active ingredients of “dance” can be: rhythm, speed, gravity, distance, contact, projection and introspection, flow and stop, etc… Becoming aware that we already possess these elements helps us to create with them in a reflexive way so that what we do becomes a dance.
“Artistic mediation (…) adds to art the project of transformation of oneself. Art adds to therapy the ambition to represent in an enigmatic way the great themes of the human condition. Creation – act and result – can give life to the profound transformation of the creative subject”.
How can we translate all this into our work then? Marián López F. Cao comes to our rescue by saying that every artistic creation can potentially solicit certain skills in managing emotions, ambiguities, in making decisions, in autonomous work, as well as in group work situations.