A Polyptych – Water Planet Our planet holds mostly water. In the water, in the same way as in our life, changes are slow yet hard to keep up with. As we grow up, we hear stories about goodness and bravery, un-won battles and new lands unconquered for simple but unexplainable reasons. We envision joy on a princess’ face when she is presented with silk and pearls sent on a ship under big white sails. We embolden the prince in a shining armor, on a white horse, to fight a dragon and win a princess whose portrait is in a talisman he carries. These tales, even though different in various cultures, create our values that we later translate into current media to help us face cruel reality. We transform old cultural information to meet the needs of present audience. – Works of literature are remade as video movies. – Traditional stories are retold in an easy to digest and remember, pleasant forms, so learning becomes the valued, playful time. – To connect old texts with the present audience, metaphors and annotations are added, that allow the audience to familiarize with a text without effort. – When teaching history, the wrongdoings and errors of others are presented in a non-offensive way, with a sympathetic awareness of the audience feelings about a historical character that had also made some unwise mistakes.

Anna Ursyn