The Visual Storytelling as a Way to Create Knowledge and Empathy Between Generations in Academic Institutions


How can academic institutions value and promote the knowledge of retired professors and researchers in the field of Design and Art? The answer to this question induces a plurality of possibilities that share a common conclusion - Institutions could and should do more. This paper focuses on a pedagogical experience that explored the approach of a new generations of students to a group of retired professors and researchers from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, through the construction of illustrated editorial artifacts. We started working from an archive made by interviews, visual and sound documents that collect the pedagogical, scientific, artistic and biographical knowledge and legacy of each professor or researcher. It was from these materials that each student worked, first bringing together elements that enabled the construction of the universe and particularities of each interviewee and, finally, producing narratives that offer a critical vision of a retired generation. We used the visual storytelling, for its ability to combine different signs in the representation of the real and symbolic and for its creative and communicational potential. The final publications proved that the knowledge of the retired generation is dynamic and useful for the new generations. Its legacy is fundamental for the understanding of the future of academic institutions and must be worked, visible and celebrated.

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Rui Vitorino Santos, University of Porto, Portugal

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Conference: BAMC2020
Stream: Education / Pedagogy

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Santos R. (2020) The Visual Storytelling as a Way to Create Knowledge and Empathy Between Generations in Academic Institutions ISSN: 2435-9475 – The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2020: Official Conference Proceedings
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