Marco Vigelini, Creatubbles and FujiTV together for a global collaboration event on Minecraft
Beginning of August. The school has been over for quite a while. I think back to the experience promoted by the small school of Allumiere involving foreign schools with the aim of putting in touch young people very different miles and virtually approached exploiting the art they created physically at school.
Desiring and supermotivated children in wanting to show their artistic abilities and the peculiarities of the places where they live to other residents on different continents from Europe, in other hemispheres or in small splashes of volcanic earth surrounded by the ocean. I remember the surprise of the boys and their eyes wide when I read the beginning of an email received from abroad: "Aloa from Hawaii!".
Tools used: a game - Minecraft - and the creative social platform for Creatube children.
The summer has passed peacefully, interspersed with other experiences such as those experienced in the beautiful setting of the H-Farm estate with full days dedicated to the study of coding and the development of creativity through the Minecraft game. Also on that occasion the children appreciated the possibility of uniting the physicality of an object made by themselves, positioning it on a table and finding it, as it is, inside the Minecraft world to further personalize its virtual creations.
Same music: Minecraft and the mod Creatubbles.
Almost mid-August. Another email arrives. The Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV is sponsoring a children's event promoted by Waseda University of Tokyo based on the awareness of art and to be realized with Minecraft. Minecraft and the mod Creatubbles warm up the engines!
The next day I find myself in a Minecraft world together with the Japanese professor Junichiro Kobayashi and the CEO of Creatubbles Paul Greenberg to put into practice the ideas that came to mind in less than 24 hours.
Ten days after that email the event begins. A couple of Australian educators have come on board with their boys and the Israeli group of GamesForPeace, promoters of dialogues between different cultures through the game.
We have agreed everything to the smallest details, especially the start time. It starts at 3:30 pm Japanese, 16:30 Australian, 9:30 Israeli, our 8:30 Italian and, unfortunately for Jason Wilmot - the author of the event summary video - connected by Nebraska, 1 : 30 American.
Live skype welcomes us so many Japanese children that my children - Benedetta and Andrea - and the teacher Alisia greet with an unlikely "Ohayō min'na" that is "Good morning to all", accompanied by a sheet of white paper on which my daughter Benedetta has proceeded, by concreteness, to transcribe our much more universal "HELLO" in large letters.
Enthusiasm rises and the children can not wait to show their work: once connected, a virtual reproduction of the Louvre museum is entered with lots of empty walls waiting to be filled by the participants' works. Once you have inserted your painting, you place a Minecraft sign with the description and the name of the artist; then we run to admire the exhibits of the other little artists.
Outside the Louvre museum together with the teacher Alisia we try to create a sort of international tower whose walls are the representation of many flags; in the meantime, Benedetta and Andrea build, in the form of Pixel Art, a huge Super Mario, a true Japanese icon recently used also by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to remember the appointment with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
At this point a video is worth a lot more than a thousand words.
With Minecraft and the mod Creatubbles the creativity of the kids really goes beyond the limits.