Witkacy – an interwar artist
19 de Agosto de 2019.
Andrzej Sapkowski
23 de Agosto de 2019.
Giorgio de Chirico and his metaphysical painting as a breath of fresh air in a grey set.

Beyond the empirical sensorial experience there is something else, a thin layer that is not above reality, neither below, behind or inside, but lives “within” it. These two layers influence themselves, and sometimes our limits break, so that we can taste a slice of this alternative world.

Giorgio de Chirico, father of Italian metaphysical painting, didn’t try to express anything really new. Since humanity became capable of being aware of itself, it had to face the supernatural, it had to deal with those elements that fly away from our sight, which can sometimes be essential for our being, if not life changing.

Is not necessary to call into question mother deities, evil creatures hidden in the dark or B-movie’s paranormal entities; it is enough changing the lenses with which we see what is around. A useful tool to get that could be the experience annotated by the artist itself, regarding the genesis of one of his paintings, “L’enigma di un pomeriggio di autunno”: the square represented was well known by the artist, but in a moment of a deep sensibility, due to the recovery from a long sickness, and with certain really specific environmental factors, he felt the sensation of seeing that square for the first time. What had been just a moment, a mysterious instant that flew over his head, will remain forever conserved in a painting.

Over all the arguments about religion or empiricism, de Chirico can become an example in our day by day life; he taught us that every situation in our reality, every “square”, can be seen through a lot of different points of view, sometimes unpredictable which apparently are invisible, but actually are simply hidden from our sight.

Text written in March 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer

My name is Marco, I’m 20 and I come from Sardinia, the second biggest Italian island. I would like to work in music in the future, even if I’m not really sure where and how.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.