This piece of music was generated spontaneously through the interaction of the attendees, in a collective improvisation experience in TEMENOS project. Currently, we are developing these pieces during the severe confinement to which we musicians are subjected, each working from home. We have been able to verify that the paticipation in a meeting of these characteristics has a very high pedagogical value and many of the absolutely essential functions for creating music can be carried out in this way. Afterwards, image and sound were incorporated into improvisation, until the present version was obtained as a derivative work.
We are currently developing this type of pieces through this collaborative network.
In these times of quarantine forced by the coronavirus pandemic, turning to the arts becomes an evidence for many, who seek cultural events online or directly engage in artistic activities to kill boredom, anxiety, or simply to express themselves.
Art, music, painting or dance benefit health: listening to music helps control blood glucose level, making music improves the immune system and stress management, dancing provides benefits for the whole body and mind and painting or sculpture help in depressive states. The World Health Organization says that for the first time it has carried out a large-scale study on the links between art and health and well-being and for the first time calls on Governments and authorities to implement policies that improve collaboration between health sectors The regional office for Europe has analyzed 900 scientific publications from all over the world and the main conclusion is that getting involved in art, be it dancing, singing or going to museums and concerts offers an added dimension to how we can improve our physical and mental health “according to Piroska Östlin, WHO regional director for Europe.” The examples cited in this WHO’s groundbreaking report shows ways the arts can tackle insidious or complex health problems like diabetes, obesity, and poor mental health. They consider health and well-being in a broader social and community context, and offer solutions that common medical practice has so far been unable to effectively address, “explains Dr. Östlin.
The report highlights that the arts can play a crucial role in well-being from birth to death. “Children whose parents read stories before bed have a longer sleep time and better concentration at school.” Also highlighting the benefits of theater in adolescents or the effects of music on mental health and dementia, the WHO also supports recent discoveries about the role of music and creativity as a supplement in severe treatments, which can even enhance The positive effects. The report highlights that some arts interventions not only produce good results, but can also be more cost-effective than the more common biomedical treatments. The report examines the health benefits (through active or passive participation) in five broad categories of arts: performing arts (music, dance, singing, theater, film); visual arts (crafts, design, painting, photography); literature (writing, reading, attending literary festivals); culture (visits to museums, galleries, concerts, theater); and online arts (animations, digital arts, etc.). They are not new discoveries, in fact disciplines such as music therapy are increasingly developed and the use of art to alleviate the harshness of more difficult treatments such as chemotherapy is relatively widespread
First global report of this magnitude
What marks a milestone is that the World Health Organization has focused on the role of art in health and wellness globally and at this scale, with almost a thousand scientific publications, and to call on the authorities to take the inclusion of art in the health system very seriously. The authors of the report conclude that evidence has been found on “a wide variety of approaches and methodologies” on the potential value of the arts in contributing to basic determinants of health; play a critical role in health promotion; help prevent the onset of mental illness and age-related physical decline; support the treatment or management of mental illness, non-communicable diseases and neurological disorders; and assist in the care of acute and end-of-life illnesses. Call upon the countries most lagging behind in the exploration of art as support for health to give impetus to these practices and to all WHO members to consider the development of long-term strategies and policies that enhance the collaboration between art and the health sector that “realize the possibilities offered by the arts to improve health in the world” which would be a “mutual benefit of the arts and the international health and social care “.