Making Visible The Unknown

2010. Public art project and video. Pécs, Hungary.

In Collaboration with Robert Forberg

Commissioned by the Institute of Culture and Technology of Madrid, Spain.

The project explores in a audio-visual manner, the different points of view from both Romani students in cooperation with Hungarian students, regarding their daily urban and family living spaces in Pécs. The living spaces of these communities are segregated and often exclude each other due to social marginalization. In our understanding the students are the social future of the city, as well as the necessary approach to what constitutes a peaceful and fruitful cohabitation between the different communities. By offering the opportunity for a creative teamwork experience, and playful intellectual exchange between the two groups and their daily life, the goal was to sensitize each other towards their different social-cultural background and to reduce discrimination attitudes.

Making Visible the Unknown

By displaying the invisible mental-scapes of each other, the reflection about citizenship and about their own city was activated, creating urban-cultural bridges between them.

The participants intervened the public sphere, interviewing the citizens of Pécs in a free and spontaneous way. Thanks to the video camera and the microphone, the kids were able to use the given journalistic power to enter the social context of the interviewee in an experimental way.

Questions concerning personal living conditions, the changes in town, the frustrations and expectations concerning their personal future, helped to sharpen the comprehension of civil society.

By being with different communities, a space to overcome personal barriers was created, in which the assimilation of divergent opinions, and critical discussion between the participants and the interviewees took place. Promoting dialogue, strenghtening the local consciousness, and causing reflection upon the urban landscapes are basic features for a citizen’s process.

These young people learned new media and journalism skills, developing their own artistic abilities. Through the eye of the participants we reviewed how they approached urban spaces, their living conditions, and the complex reality that surrounds them.

The points of view of these young participants added an important layer to the, already complex, understanding of Pécs as the European Capital of Culture, and its implications in the everyday life of the city.