How can you keep busy at a time when everyone has been asked to restrict their movements? Here is a selection of ideas and virtual resources to educate and entertain yourselves and even to get away from your daily routine in your very own home.
Culture only a mouse click away
Several museums and historical sites offer the public the chance to view online collections or enjoy virtual visits… from the comfort of your sofa!
The essentials of the MAH
Delve into the treasures of the MAH collections and discover a selection of twenty works of art and historical artefacts. You will find masterpieces of Swiss and European art, treasures from Antiquity and exceptional examples of Swiss watchmaking and enamelling know-how. And, of course, there are exhibits bearing witness to the history of Geneva such as the piece of Savoyard armour, a trophy from the famous Escalade of 1602, or the Relief Magnin, a model of the city as it was in 1850.
Cosmo Digitale, the digital version of the Castello di Rivoli
Set a course for Italy and contemporary art: while the country’s museums have closed their doors to the public, the Castello di Rivoli near Turin is showcasing its treasures online. Its Cosmo Digitale, project, which is growing day by day with content in Italian and English, presents the museum’s collections with its numerous examples of arte povera. The spectacular light installation by Roberto Cuoghi (Miracola) in Turin, which disrupted the public lighting system to create city-wide phantasmagoria, can already be admired along with short videos by Giuseppe Penone, crying tears of earth or playing like a child with the “wings” of ash trees.
The Chauvet cave as if you were there
Discovered on 18 December 1994 during a speleological expedition, the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave is one of the oldest painted palaeolithic caves in the world. Included on the UNESCO world heritage list, it has never been open to the public on conservation grounds. But now it couldn’t be easier to visit the different halls, either on your own or accompanied by an explanatory guide thanks to a website which enables you to discover the bison, horses, bears or hand prints left by prehistoric artists on painted panels.
Treasures of collections from around the world online
Digitised by Google as part of its “Arts and culture” project, collections from around the world can now be enjoyed online, including those of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, with its works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. You can also admire 129 works of modern and contemporary art housed in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, ranging from Keith Haring to Vincent Van Gogh, and some 5,000 works from the London museum of design and decorative arts: the Victoria and Albert Museum. A genuine treasure trove!
Geneva cultural magazine
The Cult.ge magazine of the Léman Bleu television station presents the region’s artists in video together with their own specific worlds, as well as anecdotes relating to the works of art on show in Geneva. So there’s plenty of scope to enjoy culture in all its forms!
Objects from collections housed in Geneva’s museums in video
From the work by François Morellet illuminating le Valais underground passage in Les Pâquis through Pistoletto’s marble statue of the squash carrier in the Botanical Conservatory and Gardens to the views of the bay painted by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, the short reports in the compléments d’objets series invite you to explore the objects in the collections housed in Geneva’s museums.
The Ariana web series
From 18 March, discover the Ariana's museum's web series on the "Meissen – Folies de porcelaine" exhibition. It is a unique opportunity to learn more about these treasures taken from Swiss collections. Episode 1: White gold.
Getting organised with children at home
Podcasts, virtual visits, videos, board games and activities for all the family: discover a selection of ideas to keep your children busy while having fun.
A thousand and one lives through books
This is the ideal time to go through that pile of novels you’ve never had time to read or to revisit your favourite books!
And for anyone who is keen to discover new works but is short on inspiration, our librarians will come to the rescue with a host of new ideas:
- their best picks in the adult, youth and music categories, presented in the form of a digital document;
- their podcasts, offering a chance to meet authors and artists.
- the "Le boudoir" series, which presents a work, a film or a CD in one minute.
Free access to works
- While the municipal libraries are closed, they nevertheless enable you to borrow more than 5,000 digital books, ranging from thrillers through documentaries to science fiction. English-language books and audio books are also available.
- Discover all the texts, freely accessible and free of rights, on Wikisource, ranging from 18th century plays through works on philosophy, sociology and poetry to the most recent novels – there’s something for every taste!
Feel the rhythm of the music
The world of jazz improvises
From mini-concerts live on Facebook by the pianist Fred Hersch through distance lessons and humorous videos to soothing musical interludes by Avishai Cohen with his double bass: France Info has selected a number of outstanding initiatives taken by jazz musicians to share their passion.
In Switzerland, Club Moods, the jazz Mecca of Zurich, has posted numerous videos of past concerts by jazz greats as well as by stars from the worlds of soul, electro-pop and world music.
A night at the opera on your own sofa
The New York Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas which are available for twenty hours on its Homepage.
The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has exceptionally made its Digital Concert Hall available free of charge. After registering, this digital service offers access to a series of filmed concerts (under the direction of Kirill Petrenko or Daniel Barenboim).
The prestigious Vienna State Opera offers a similar service via its Live at home streaming platform.
Reliving concerts on the radio
From Curtis Harding to Deus, Couleur 3 has collected dozens of concerts from numerous festivals around Switzerland and abroad. They can be enjoyed every evening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. or on the RTS website
Why not take advantage of the time spend indoors to get some housework done with the assistance of your little helpers, making the chores a little more fun?
Hone your cooking skills
AIf you can’t go out to a restaurant, why not get your cookery books out and hone your skills as a chef. For parents, preparing meals can also be a chance to spend time with the kids who will develop numerous skills, such as reading and following a recipe, weighing, adding, etc.) without even realising it. And to give your dishes a local flavour, visit the Genève terroir website, with its recipes from around Geneva.
Make your own household products
And what if the obligation to stay at home gave you the chance to do certain chores that you are always putting off? Once again, children will surely enjoy rolling their sleeves up, vacuuming the house or washing windows! And with a view to becoming more environmentally friendly and creating zero waste, Zero Waste Switzerland has concocted a selection of simple, effective, tried-and-tested recipes for making your own products
Listening to nature
Discover plants that can produce heat or plunge into the incredible world of lichens by listening to the podcasts of the Geneva Botanical Conservatory and Gardens. Listen closely, nature is talking to you!
Sow your seeds
March is when you need to wake your tomato, lettuce and sweet pepper seeds from their winter sleep in order to plant them. Pro Specie Rara offers you the chance to order a starter kit in order to fill your garden or balcony with traditional and almost forgotten varieties. What better way to plant diversity so that it can grow and prosper.
Continuing to do a sporting activity is essential for both your physical and mental health. Fortunately, you can stay active at home, and you don’t even need any equipment.
Using everyday objects for different purposes
At home, furniture and everyday objects can be transformed into sports equipment: using two chairs, stools or a bench, it is possible to do series of dips (lifting yourself, bending your elbows and raising yours legs) in order to strengthen your upper body muscles. With a pair of socks and a well-polished parquet floor, you can also do some “gliding”, involving parallel sliding movements. With a carton of milk in each hand, you have a ready-made set of weights to strengthen your arms. Numerous exercises that you can do at home without any equipment are available online at the click of a mouse, such as this Huffingtonpost video:
Video applications and remote coaching
You can also call on free apps if you want to do sport, such as Fitness challenge, Fizzup (no equipment needed), Seven (quick exercises lasting seven minutes), Sworkit (extensive), Daily Yoga (yoga exercises in HD with different levels of difficulty and durations) and Teemo (exercises in the form of adventure games, with registration via Facebook). Numerous videos will also help you to do sport from a distance, such as those provided by coach Lucile Woodward or the Website Mon yoga virtuel.
Finally, certain coaches now provide remote and video courses offering better follow-up at a relatively low cost.
Keep in touch
In these unusual circumstances, we need more than ever to be together, regardless of physical distance. So let us commend the excellent initiatives springing up here and there, such as those of teachers and activity leaders who send messages, resources and even videos.
Take advantage of this period to stay in contact with your loved ones using both digital tools and paper: why not write to them or send them a drawing done by your children?
Article modifié le 25.03.2020 à 13:59