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Refused objects' exploration,  mental mapping and animated postcards

Specific objectives

1. Get to know each other
2. Empower self expression using simple objects and materials
3. Discover the creative potential of materials
4. Recycling materials, especially paper and other easy to find materials

Material needed


Overall objectives

1. Developing skills in visual and digital content making and in visual storytelling 
2. Rediscovering and reusing skills
3. Awake awareness about environmental protection through recycling materials


- Women and/or children with migrant or refugee background

Recommended for

- any public


6 hours

1. Ice-breaking with the newspaper statues 

Time frame

30 minutes


- this exercises is ideal for larger groups too, up to 20 participants.

- you will also need a spacious room
- In addition to skills in plastics, it could be useful if the trainer had skills in body expression and theater, in order to animate the presentations and assist the participants in expression

1. With the group, you stand in circle. Each one is given a sheet of newspaper and asked to transform it from two-dimensional to three-dimensional shape.

The sheet can be crumpled, folded, twisted, rolled up ... the possibilities are endless and there are no limits. The only rule is to make it a "sculpture" that can stand up on its own.

After that, each introduces himself to the group through his sculpture, trying to reproduce the shape with his own body and explaining something about himself/herself and why he wanted to transform the sheet in that way.

2. Exploring spaces and objects visiting the Moon Museum of Narrative Objects in Potenza

Specific objectives


1. Crossing a space and getting to know it 

2. letting ourselves be inspired by what surrounds us

3. reflecting on objects and the importance they hold in our life

4. approaching storytelling through found objects

5. reflecting on human geography and cultural borders

6. raising consciousness about the added values of cultural diversity recycling visual heritage and personal habits

Material needed

- Selfphones to take pictures

Time frame

60 minutes


Those who conduct the workshop should have already visited the museum or at least know its history and some of the findings collected inside, in order to be able to give the participants more suggestions and information and stimulate them in experience the space.

Even though the museum is situated in Pontenza, you can probably find interactive museums in you own locality where exploring materials though different senses in possible, such as the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie in Paris.

With the group we go through the various display cases of the MOON Museum of Narrative Objects and discover how museum findings are actually things that tell stories.

Later, moving to another room with a free space, we reflect on how museums are places that preserve the memory of a place and a community..

In other words, museums are time capsules built by people for the benefit of people: objects in a museum would be silent without visitors...

Participants to create memories can use mobile phones to take pictures.


During the exhibition visit, we also used  the Memorabilia App (the application of the museum) with audio-guide and 3D object reconstruction.

3. Mental maps and heart objects 

Specific objectives


1. Enhancing storytelling of one’s own house and habits speaking about emotional objects you preserve or usually use at home 

2. Finding creative ways to empower community building and integration

Time frame:

90 minutes

Material needed

Brown paper, white paper, plain colored paper, black paper, photocopy of pins with 5 senses icons, 2 newspapers

After having crossed the rooms of the museum and the objects kept in them, we try to reconstruct a mental map of our home, trying to remember what the spaces and objects of our daily life are like.

This exercise is linked to the practice of the Spontaneous Museum carried out by the host MOON museum, according to which everyone can build their own domestic museum to tell about a specific topic, for example a trip.


We distribute sheets of wrapping brown paper to the participants, approximately A3 size, with colored pencils and markers.

We give each 5 cut-out icons representing the 5 senses.


Everyone will have to draw from memory the plan of their house, focusing on the different rooms and indicating in which room the 5 objects of the heart are located, each linked to one of the 5 senses.

With scissors they then cut out the icons and glue them in the different rooms on the map, describing the chosen object and why it is connected with smell, taste, sight, touch or hearing.