Francesca Todde, A SENSITIVE EDUCATION, 2020

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Tristan Plot prepares them to work with human beings in theatrical and dance shows or film documentaries and develops with them some “ornithotherapy” sessions with prisoners and people in distress. When he was a child, in the forest behind house, Tristan noticed that, if he remained still for a long time, the animals came out of the vegetation and it was possible to observe them. Even today, this practice of slow approach, respecting the rhythm of nature, remains essential to his educational method. Since he studied ecology, biology and ethology at the university, he developed an educational technique at the intersection of imprinting, traditional training and “positive training”.

His method is a set of observation and predisposition of mind in harmony with the environment, according to the sensitivity of the other and in relation to expression and behaviour codes which are different from the human ones. Tristan, through the intuition of animality as something delicate, subtle and minimal, defines the relationship with birds as an exclusive bond able to reconcile the rhythm of the species with the individual one. His research is based on the understanding of the sensitivity of birds and aims to recover that ability, which got lost over the course of evolution, of perceiving the minimal variations and micro movements that are the expressive world of animals.

Francesca Todde, narrating this story, follows the same slow and delicate rhythm, like a natural rhythm of which we often deprive ourselves. In his story we meet some small inserts where the images seem to present an archive of the memory of birds, which are gradually presented.

At the end of the book all the winged characters are presented, not by species but by their own name, with their own history closely linked to that of Tristan.

Francesca Todde – A Sensitive Education
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96 pages + 16, 14.8 x 21 cm

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