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Portrait of a humanist designer

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Name: Beatrice of Damascus. Occupation: ideator. Meeting with an extraordinary woman, heiress of a lineage of famous ancestors throughout the world and the centuries, but above all with an acute sense of the human and a high culture for a poetic and innovative creation.

« Le mot qui me qualifie le mieux est celui d’idéatrice , ancien terme de droit à l’âge classique pour signifier le créateur auteur et titulaire des droits y afférant. Je suis designer dans la spécialité du design thinking , appelée en France également « conception innovante « .
Entrons directement dans le vif du sujet.
Beatrice of Damascus exhibits for the first time in Paris, on the occasion of the salon 1.618, son projet «URHARP THERAPY », système modulaire d’Art Thérapie. Une recherche R&D design a permis à la créatrice de reconstituer la translation par analogie entre le monde nautique et le monde lyrique. Le design de la harpe de thérapie est un grand saut créatif, en rupture avec l’instrument académique. Mais aussi une innovation insolite pour aider les enfants malades, notamment en milieu hospitalier.

icon-magazineWhat does this modular system consist of?

Beatrice of Damascus : « C’est un ensemble avec une base formée d’une barque support réconfortante, comme une cabane et d’un mât d’activité. Sur un plan éducatif, la barque pour lune et harpe, comme une cabane «indoor» offre à l’enfant un lieu – temps propice au développement de son intériorité créatrice.

The system combines three simple, immediate, archetypal symbolic forms: the moon, the boat and the harp. This allows the child to embark on a journey towards the imaginary, towards "his" imaginary. Going out of oneself when one is ill can bring conditions of re-enchantment.

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beatricededamas2Re-enchantment, first by the magic of the right sound of the harp, from the first string pulled. The child experiences the sounds, and the soft resonance of the harp body on his own body, in echo. A hollow delta/nabla where the child can dream, do nothing, a haptonomy chamber surmounted by a light therapy moon, which reminds him of the uterine chamber where daylight creates a halo through the mother's wall.

The little child, coiled up in the haptonomic room, in the heart of the boat, can find a bath of light. The child in awakening, can sit astride the central deck, grasp the harp to stand up, and strum the strings of the harp to discover sounds. He can tilt the harp towards his shoulder and thus receive the vibrations of the strings in his nervous column. As an option, strings of different colours can trigger coloured rays on the boat. Thus, the child can play with a chromatic scale.

barquebeatrice2As I explained, one of the poles is a lumino-therapy moon and the other is the therapy harp. These poles are removable. Other masts are in the process of being designed:

- A long kaleidoscope and multimedia view

- A bagpipe horn, called a "horn-moon,"

- A haptonomic plaid, haptonomy being the science of affectivity.

The whole system is ordered in creativity to re-enchant the child's creativity, whether the child is sick due to an accidental trauma, or born with a lasting difference, or suffering from a serious illness.

This pure system, a product of R&D sensory design, allows therapists to develop multi-sensory activities and this kynesthesia of the senses creates cathartic opportunities. This boat does not float; it is a boat of light where the child is immersed in a bath of light. As homeopathy in high dilution touches the psychological sphere. »

icon-magazineWhy such a creation?

harperBDD : « Cette création a commencé par une recherche symbolique pour le nouvel état d’Irak. J’ai découvert la plus ancienne merveille du monde, classée au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, la harp of Urin the shape of a boat, with a ram's head, found in the royal tombs of Ur.

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J’ai souhaité faire une série limitée, projet de cadeau diplomatique humanitaire pour les enfants d’Irak qui ont tant souffert. Et ce qui est bon pour les enfants d’Irak est bon pour tous les enfants du monde. Cette série limitée humanitaire est devenu ce système d’ Art Thérapy pour tous les enfants.

I initiated humanitarian design in France, twenty years ago, for the children of Lebanon and it was a Lebanese client who proposed my humanitarian approach for the Iraqi state and the autonomous region of Kurdistan. »

icon-magazineYou have deep ties to the history of these countries.

BDD : « Oui, au cours de ma recherche sur l’archéologie de l’objet harpe, j’ai eu la surprise de découvrir le discours d’inauguration de l’exposition Khorsabad of the Great Louvre made to François Mitterrand, in which the Curator recounts that it was my great-great-great-good father, Maxence of Damascus, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, who ordered the first archaeological expedition to find la ville d’Abraham, Ur, on the Euphrates.

I felt so moved, between this contemporary call for a humanitarian emergency for the children of Iraq and my forefather's diplomatic vision of honouring the memory of Abraham.
What was my ancestor, who, like me, was named after a city three times holy in the East? I discovered my Semitic roots during this project, and the oldest patronymic of my family: Semur! »

icon-magazineWere you not inspired in your creation of the boat by the tutelary deity of the city of Ur, the famous God-Moon, in your creation of the boat? Nanna, in the time of Mesopotamia?

nannaBDD : « Evidemment, il s’agit d’une des plus importantes divinités des panthéons du Proche-orient ancien. Les Sumériens le nommaient entre autres Nanna or Zu-en. Under its various names, it was soon adored in most major Mesopotamian urban centres. In the period when the country of Sumer and the whole Euphrates valley were under the domination of the city of Ur, between 2600 and 2400 BC, Nanna came to be regarded as the head of the Sumerian pantheon. He was revered as the "Father of the gods" or the "Creator of all things. One more symbol..."

icon-magazineYou were originally trained as a poet, a contemporary poet, how did you get into the boat?

BDD : « Jolie question ! Effectivement, j’ai réussi une synthèse de décennie en décennie entre ma fonction poétique et ma création d’images et de formes. En réalité, le poète est le premier des designer : la racine grecque poï signifie l’art du fer et la définition que Platon donne de ce poï, de cet artefact, est exactement la définition contemporaine du design thinking.

All my design activity is to compose 3D, multidimensional, multimedia poems. »

portraitbeatrice2icon-magazineWhat are your immediate plans?

BDD : « Aujourd’hui, je prépare une scénographie globale de la chambre de l’imaginaire pour " Expo Hospital ", organisé par UBM, du 22 au 24 mai 2012 à Paris. Pour cela, j’ai besoin de terminer mon financement événementiel et de lancer la fabrication du modèle en taille supérieure pour les grands enfants, sur un chariot médical aux dimensions d’un lit d’hôpital pouvant par exemple circuler en milieu stérile.

I am beginning to gather the first orders from major accounts - Equipment, Building, Healthcare - wishing to offer this new art therapy equipment to children's hospital departments. »

To contact Beatrice from Damascus :  contact@beatrice-de-damas.com

To go further: 

- Book " Khorsabad, the palace of Sargon II, king of Assyria " by Annie Caubet : http://editions.louvre.fr/fr/les-ouvrages/publications-scientifiques/antiquites-orientales/khorsabad-le-palais-de-sargon-ii-roi-d%E2%80%99assyrie.html

Photo credits : Delphine Vanneuville-Vernier

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