About the mindset-shaping On our paths: With you exhibition I Podcast
The On our paths: With you exhibition, which is the result of six months’ work, and a joint effort of the House of the Hungarian Millennium, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and Movement Development Primary and Secondary School, Standardized Special Education Methodological Institute, is open until 15 June. The project involving current and former MOME students was described by associate professor Kinga German in her podcast NEO Art Space.
The integrative project is designed to break down the invisible walls surrounding the world of people with limited mobility, and, with the involvement of those affected, raise awareness about the importance of acceptance. The unique exhibition and its accompanying events were implemented at three venues: in the buildings of the Movement Development Primary and Secondary School and the House of the Hungarian Millennium, as well as along the fairy tale path linking the two buildings in the City Park.
During the joint planning process, MOME’s associate professor Kinga German incorporated the project involving a transdisciplinary collaboration between Architecture, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Photography and Art and Design Management Students into her Creative Knowledge seminar. Though separate groups were formed for designing the installations and the framework events, for communication, and for developing the visual identity, all of them were involved in the overall process. The Movement Development Primary and Secondary School offered tours of the school, sensitivity training presentation and open classrooms, enabling 30 MOME students to regularly shape the school’s Visual Culture classes. During the 6-month period, 7 and 8 graders and university students together created the majority of the exhibition items. The collaboration was coordinated by Piroska Földváry and Szilvia Keresztes for the House of the Hungarian Millennium.
The joint creative process, the methodology used and the resulting exhibition was explained by Kinga Germán in her NEO podcast. The full conversation is available at the bottom of the page or the link below.
Some of the completed installations draw attention to the work done by the Movement Development Primary and Secondary School, including the young people living and studying there, their daily lives, their richly imaginative world, the obstacles they face and the opportunities afforded to them through the creative process. Engaging visitors was a particularly important consideration to ensure they are present as more than just observers and have room for reflection and shaping the works.
At their joint sessions, the primary schoolers and MOM students were inspired by the magical creatures of House of the Hungarian Millennium and the Movement Development Primary and Secondary School, creating cardboard fairy tale entities that formed an important part of the exhibited works. The exhibition features works such as the Textile Unicorn created based on a child’s drawing, or MOME Textile Design student Virág Velkey’s special costume inspired by a fairy tale The princess who could see everything, which comes to life lit up in the dark space underneath the staircase.
The Dress-coding team also contributed to the project, bringing textile designers Fanni Huszár and Lili Pázmány’s (UNOBSTRUCTED, obstruction-free lingerie) clothes to the exhibition at the Movement Development Primary and Secondary School. A documentary created by the students about the 6-month process premiered, and a unique stone installation raising awareness about the absence of inclusivity of our built-up environment debuted at the House of the Hungarian Millennium.
The exhibition, which will be accompanied by the next period by several events, workshops and presentations, is open until 15 June. On 10 June, from 3:00 p.m., textile artist and MOME alumna Tünde Fülöp will hold a thematic session entitled Weaving Images of Oneself. More information about the related events is available on the website of the project.
The collaboration between the three institutions – the House of the Hungarian Millennium, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and Movement Development Primary and Secondary School – was launched at the initiative of the House of the Hungarian Millennium and supported by the Hungarian Paralympic Committee.