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A Sensitive Education
by Francesca Todde

A Sensitive Education. Francesca Todde \\ “Yet it can happen, suddenly, unexpectedly, and most frequently in the half-light-of-glimpses, that we catch sight of another visible order which intersects with ours and has nothing to do with it.[…] We come upon a part of the visible which wasn’t destined for us. Perhaps it was destined for night-birds, reindeer, ferrets, eels, whales…” John Berger \\ Tristan is a bird educator; he 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 his parents' house in the Touraine, 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. \\ 96 pages + 16 Format 148x210 mm Hard Cover Publisher: Départ pour l’Image, January 2020

ISBN: 978 88 944622 2 7
Publisher: Départ pour l'Image
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