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Monday 1 July 2013

The World Congress for Conductive Education 2013

Munich, 21st June 2013

Preparations are getting under way all over the world


I wish that I had another week free of conductive groups so that I could get on with some more preparation for my own projects for the World Congress for Conductive Education that will take place in October this year.

Friends and colleagues

I have not been directly involved in any of the preparations for the Congress but have helped at least ten people with their preparations for submitting abstracts and then registering for the Congress, searching for accommodation and more.

All of us have been accepted so I anticipate that I will be called on again in the final stages of preparation in the autumn. In fact I look forward to that very much, so much that I will make sure that I have all my writing out of the way so that I can respond to the last minute calls for help. 


I have recently been helping some students conductors from England find sponsorship to enable them to attend and present  their own paper in October and we are over the moon this evening as we have just had the first donation come in.

Book publishing

The book that I am publishing for an Irish congress presenter has been out of my hands and in those of the designer for a couple of weeks now. My own poster presentation is also in process of being produced. 

In training to sprint here and there

I have had a quick glance at the programme and see that I will be rushing from room to room, probably missing out on my own question-and-answer time in order to be in the right place at the right time to hear everyone speak who I have been involved with, and to speak myself!

So from my busy point of view things are looking very positive, all I have to do is get my thoughts all down on paper so that I can speak twice for fifteen minutes!

I saw, on his blog some weeks ago, that Ralph Strzalkowski has published his abstract for the World Congress.

I realised the importance of doing this and have decided to do the same here, first with my own, perhaps later with those of others.

Sparking an interest

It is an ideal opportunity for wetting the appetites of congress-goers and also to invite interest and open discussion beforehand. Perhaps new opinions will be offered that will direct the way that I write my final presentation, I do hope so.

The first abstract that I publish here is my submission for a poster presentation where I hope to show the situations in which art plays an important role in learning for life and problem-solving.

I love this smile of contentment

'My dream cat'

‘Let me tell you a story...’
Art resets dislocation of development

S. Mallett
Private practice, Nürnberg, Germany

Background:  I am an art teacher and art therapist as well as a conductor, and it goes without question that my conductive work cannot be free from creative influences. As an art therapist I consider the production of art first and foremost as a means of communication. Images are produced through which conversations may take place, questions asked and problems solved. Wearing my conductor’s hat the problem-solving continues: art retains it role of mediator for communication but develops an even more important presence in the context of my conductive practice and, as well as a means of communication, it becomes a way of developing many other skills. For twenty years I have used artistic projects in my conductive work, in which time I have developed conductive activities in numerous creative situations – indoors and out; sitting, standing, walking and lying; on walls, canvas and paper, using paint, papier-mâché, clay, fabrics, pencils, brushes, dusters, mops, fingers, hands and feet.

Formal statement:
·         Thesis. Activities involving imagination, creativity and emotion are a productive and useful means to create the upward learning spiral of success and satisfaction, experience of which leads to development of the personality as a whole.
·         Antithesis. For me, as artist and art therapist, art and many other forms of creative activity are vital means of achieving this cycle as an integral part of my conductive practice.
·      Synthesis. Other conductors bring their own personal contributions to their practice, IT, music, story-telling, sport, cooking etc., the list is endless because it is the list of human enthusiasms, and it is essential that conductors indentify their own special enthusiasm as an essential part of their pedagogy.

Conclusion: Conductors need to bring their own joys into their work to unlock clients’ developmental gridlock, to ‘reset the dislocation of development’ [1].

[1].   L. S. Vygotskii  (1993) Collected Works, vol 2, NY, Plenum

1 comment:

Ray Kohn said...

The plastic arts certainly have some sort of effect in terms of development. I wonder if we could differentiate that effect from that brought about by participation in music.

My own experience working with severely disabled adults and music has shown a marked improvement in those people's grasp of cause and effect; an understanding of narrative and time. I wonder if the plastic arts show a similarly marked inprovement of people's sensitivity to light and contrast: an understanding of spatial awareness.