The Tower of Babel (Hebrew מִגְדַּל בָּבֶל, Migdal Bavel) in Genesis 11:1–9 symbolizes the globalized world with its multilingual inhabitants. It gives an explanation of why people struggle with communication in different languages. In this vis-a-vis session we are going to have a close-up at different artistic approaches to illustrate the linguistic diversity and focus on activities to enhance mutual understanding across cultures.
As every vis-a-vis Art Adventure also this session takes place in three acts:
Step 1. Inspiration by art
Step 2. Self-reflection & development of intercultural sensitivity skills
Step 3. Sharing stories and discussing in the intercultural story circles
We start our vis-a-vis Visual Intercultural Stories – Art Adventure at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, to dive into the story of the Tower of Babel by Breughel the Elder. It gives an explanation of why people struggle with communication in different languages. Afterward, we are going to travel to Abu Dhabi to experience an amazing piece of art that can be visited from inside out… And eventually, we are going to land in Kuala Lumpur to see how words create worlds…
In the second half of our journey, we are going to enjoy sharing stories over a cup of tea, coffee, cappuccino, or a glass of juice of your choice in a coffee shop that relates to the theme of this session. Before landing home, you are going to receive one of the most precious presents we can get nowadays… That is a surprise, though.
Every session is a gathering of people from around the world and this session, in particular, invites the exchange in different languages.
Check what the participants of the first session on July, 1st said about the very first event here