Existential reflections enhanced by sound and pictures

Pictures accompanied by music make it easier to talk about the big things in life. For this exercise, you will need a wireless loudspeaker.

  1. Choose a topic or theme for discussion which calls for participants to get in touch with their hopes and dreams. Examples: The person I want to be. What is a good relationship? Self-esteem. Good working environment. Loneliness.
  2. Introduce the theme to the group and write it on the blackboard.
  3. Ask the participants to find a piece of music that they think relates to the theme. Write all music titles on the blackboard next to the theme.
  4. Place a Magnum set on the floor – and ask one of the participants to play his/her music track for the group.
  5. Then ask this participant to choose two picture cards and tell the group about the theme based on his/her cards and music.
  6. It is important for you as a facilitator to listen carefully and spot the chances to involve the rest of the group in an in-depth discussion of the theme. Ask questions about what you have seen and heard and involve the group with questions like: How does this piece of music make the rest of you feel about our theme? What could you do to…? Etc.
  7. Let the next participant play his choice of music and repeat the exercise. Do it as long as the participants have something to say, and the discussion adds new perspectives to the theme.
  8. The next step is for all participants to download the picture cards that mean something important to them.
  9. Then they put together their own slide show, add their own text and music – and maybe a selfie, too.
  10. Now they are able to return to their small film for further reflection as they like.



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