From awards and grants, to lifelong relationships, and landing dream jobs, the following report encapsulates the meaningful impact impactmania internships have had on University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) students, faculty, staff, and collaborators.
As a matter of fact, we developed a relevant awareness of the world, which is now — more than ever — required to understand contemporary issues and their dynamics. And it was precisely this aspect which thrilled our editorial staff of teenagers from Friuli Venezia Giulia, forced to stay at home due to the pandemic, but focused on diverse nations, using technology to interview the ones we would had never imagined reaching.
COVID made us all Digital Nomads However, it didn’t stop us from cross-cultural, interdisciplinary learning and forming friendships for life. A series of migration topics were explored in this Program — from songs inspired by migration, mirror neurons, losing of one’s name and identity, to social media being a new tool of integration. The project culminated in an online exhibition and a public presentation, May 18, 2021
A special co-creation by Alice Taylor (UCSB) and Gabriele Pilotto. Gabriele wrote a lo-fi composition to accompany Alice's interview for the Human Mind and Migration program. This piece features audio clips from Alice's latest interview with Prof. Fabio Rambelli, and serves as an example of the creativity and technicality of the students involved in the Music and Migration subgroup, and the ability for music to be produced using soundtracks from all over the world, via the internet.
Traveling, displacement, and migration have always been a part of human beings. When people have moved from one place to another, their culture has met the one of their reached destination, influencing music. Many composers have been influenced and inspired by migration, either because they have moved themselves, or because they have seen someone else do it.
On the Italian social scene, however, they are not highlighted very much, except when they do something wrong. Racism? He always manages to defend himself, it bothers him more when they do it to others, especially those who can not defend themselves properly.
Join us on May 18th to hear directly from the students about this experience participating in the Human Mind and Migration internship program. On the 18th, we will present a public online exhibition and presentation with guests from all over the world. Students are really excited for this final event and to show everyone their work and findings.