Abrahams Børn

Kunst- og dialogprojekteprojekt skabt af Jens Galschiot

Education


Below you will find a brief description of how we think they can be used in teaching.

Further down the page you will find a more detailed overview with suggestions for teaching.



Overview of educational tools.



Below you will find a brief description of how we think they can be used in teaching.




Andre gode ideer og evalueringer modtages gerne –

/tlf 66184058.

Overview of education tools


Quiz on Quotes

Quote-quiz: Guess which religion the quote originates from.

  • Test of prejudices. It is hard not to be surprised over the religious quotes and where the scriptures come from. The quiz clearly shows which positive and negative prejudices we have toward the religions.
  • There is a great learning potential. Through the quiz, children as well as adults are able to play their way to knowledge about what the books state, and how each religion relate to women, mercy, hospitality, homosexuality, honor killings, stoning etc.
  • It is easy to make small quiz competitions. By filling out the ‘group’ box (i.e. XX High School, juniors), you can choose only to see these contestants and comparing results by using the search function.
  • It is OK to cheat. Many probably use the quote-overview to check where the quotes come from. But this is exactly what is meant to happen. Regardless if the contestants “cheat” or discuss the answers, they will have to relate to the quotes and think them over.
  • Links and ”tutorials”. Together with the answers to where the quotes come from, you can find a link directly to the original text.
  • Win a sculpture. By competing and getting all questions right, or by being among those with the highest rank, you can win one of the large bronze-books from the art installation.


Quiz as Teaching Tool.


  • Task (e.g. home assignment). Get a minimum of 15 points in the quiz. The person who gets the most points wins the honor or a bag of sweets. Remember to write one's text in the group field so you can easily compare the results.


  • Competition at school. Start a school competition on who can get the most right.


  • Have the students try the quiz in small groups. They can discuss why they think the quote comes from religion. And reflect on their guesses if they are wrong.


Reflections on the quiz.


You discover that the Bible, the Torah and the Quran contains a lot of almost identical quotes, and that the mostly contains the same ’bright’ and ’dark’ sides. And that all three holy books contain passages that have contributed to peace and reconciliation, and passages who have contributed to strife and conflicts.


This acknowledgement of your own and others religions’ ’dark’ and ’bright’ sides is an important revelation, which can be crucial for the process of a good, open and respectful dialogue.


There are probably many more ways to use the quiz, and only the creativity sets the limit. Don’t hold back with sending in good suggestions and evaluations to us on aidoh@aidoh.dk, so that others can benefit from them.

You can find the quiz here: www.fundamentalism.dk/quiz/en/



Quote Search.


The quotes are presented online. They can be categorised into subjects, and you can search through the quotes freely.


  • All 600 quotes are presented.
  • Links to the scriptures. Under each quote you can follow a link to the scripture it was taken from.
  • Let the students find a number of quotes. Let the students find a number of quotes that they think are the worst or the best – i.e. within specific subjects. Discuss why they have chosen these exact quotes. 

 


Quote screen saver


The screensaver – shifts between the 600 quotes, like on the sculpture. We have made a screensaver which can be downloaded free of charge and installed with a mouse-click, and removed just as easily.


Overall about the screensavers: The screensaver is a sort of staging of the mood from the Fundamentalism sculpture. The almost meditative screen-reciting of quotes are very informative but also scary when the ‘dark’ quotes turn up as a contradiction to the ‘bright’. Quiet and continued reflections arise from the religious quotes, when they are shown on your computer continuously.


 

Ideas for the use of the screensaver.


Central installation on the school or institution’s computers. The screensaver has earlier been used at a larger institutional institution with thousands of students. They chose to install the screensaver throughout the school’s central network, so that the quotes were shown on all screens when the computers were not used.


School use – competition. By pausing a quote, you can use the screensaver for a competition in classrooms and other places. The students are divided into teams and the screensaver is shown on a screen or a projector. A quote is shown, and each team must guess where the quote originates from. 1 point for each correct answer. For this, we have made a special program without source references, where each quote has an ID-number that gives reference to an Answer Book.


Practical: Activate the screensaver (i.e. by clicking ” settings for screensaver” or choose ”example”). When the screensaver is active, you can choose to pause the quote picture and shift back and forth within the quotes.


Go to download-screensaver, Choose language

Open the downloaded file (Important! Rightclick on the icon – and ’run as administrator’!).


 

The Children of Abraham-pamphlet with the 600 quotes


The Children of Abraham-pamphlet describes the project and contains the 600 quotes religious quotes from Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


How you get the The Children of Abraham-pamphlet.

  • Download Online
  • Send free of charge (recipient pays the postage) if you wish to use them in class etc. Contact: aidoh@aidoh.dk or phone +45 66184058.

Example of educational use. 

  • Discussion of the quotes. As a common frame of reference if the quotes i.e. is examined in a classroom.
  • Discussion of the project’s allegations. The artist behind the project, Jens Galschiøt, presents a string of arguments and allegations in the pamphlet that are worthy of discussion in an educational situation. Here are a couple of ideas.
  • What is Galschiøt’s attitude toward the Muhammad-drawings in the Danish newspaper JyllandsPosten (p.2)?
  • Is it true that the three religions are equally ’bright’ and equally ’dark’? (p.2 og 20)?
  • Why is it Galschiøt’s opinion that the dialogue is so important?
  • What are the Western values actually built on? (p.21)?



Visit the Fundamentalism sculpture

Fundamentalism is continuously exhibition around the world. Click here, to see here the next exhibition will be.


Topics for discussion when visiting 'Fundamentalism':

  • Is it true that we all share basic values?
  • Is it true that there is little difference between the holy books of Christianity, Islam and Judaism? What were your immediate reactions from reading the 600 quotes?
  • Is it true what Galschiøt writes that it is the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Civil Rights Movements who are the foundation of the Danish and European welfare society/concept of equality and not Christianity?
  • Can art change our conception of the world?
  • Is it blasphemy to categorize the words of the almighty God into ’dark’ and ’bright’?
  • Do you have close friends from other cultures that you invite to birthdays etc. If not, then why?
  • Is it a trivialization of the Holy Scriptures to make a quote-quiz and a sculptural installation from them? Or is it a way of providing another angle and initiating dialogue about a difficult subject?


Galleri Galschiøt - Banevænget 22, 5270 Odense N  
Tlf: 6618 4058  |  Mail: aidoh@aidoh.dk