The Propera project was planned and carried out in Mataro, in the scope of the IDENSITAT 07 programme, by Katalin Soós fine artist, cultural anthropologist and art pedagogue, and Mónika Bálint sociologist and cultural organiser.
The project was realised with the participation of 16 teenagers of the ages
of 13-15. It was not an ad hoc group: they are members of a community who
attend the same school, and most of them dwell in a specific neighbourhood
of Mataro. Their parents, some of them immigrants, work in nearby factories
and shops. The workgroup that was constituted by the kids and the two
project leaders reflected on the everydays of the city, the thoughts, ideas
and desires of the teenagers living there. The research intended to explore
these specificities, and the video (Professionals) is built on the motifs
that resulted from this research. Its theme can be summarised as the
valuation of work, labour and specific occupations in local respect, as
conceived by a teenager.
Course of the project: In the first (preparatory) stage of the project the
group made a 13 minute video work with the guidance of Katalin Soós. The
film entitled The Girls, the Boys and the Two Rich People was made in the
soap opera form out of the stories and with the participation of the
On the one hand, the soap opera episode, as a means of cognition and
gathering information, fulfilled the role of preliminary research and that
of forming the creative community. On the other hand, it became one of the
presented elements of the project upon its completion. The themes reflected
on by the video work made by Katalin Soós in the second stage of the project
were arrived at through the observations made and the lessons learned from
the interviews during the process of creating the episode. (The children
participated as actors in the latter as well.)
Presented elements of the project: The separate elements of the project –
the two video works and the observations – are closely bound together and
act synergically, while having different characters due to the different
methods and undertakings of the two project leaders.
The soap opera form was suggested by Katalin Soós with the aim of
facilitating acquaintance and group formation. Collective creative work and
the visual language are not alienating, but on the contrary, familiar to all
participants. In addition, it explores (and presents) the characters and
their environment as a research tool based on visual language.
The written notes of observations accumulate the information gathered
throughout the process. This descriptive research determined the themes of
the second video work.
The second video (Professionals) reacts to the experience summed up by these
two former products, accentuating the most characteristic features regarding
the kids working in the group, interpreting the explored facts, ideas,
relations and desires.
Elements of the exhibiton in Budapest:
Katalin Soós: The Girls, the Boys and the Two Rich People (video);
Mónika Bálint: Mataro – narrative city map (printed text)
The project was realised with the help of Can Xalant Art Centre and András
Research + Development 2 / 2
Propera / Next
07. May 2008. – 01. June
MegnyitóOpening: May 6, 2008, 8:00 pm