INTERNATIONAL PAPER ART COLONY
Kaposvár University Faculty of Arts and Theater - Simonfa Guesthouse
The art colony gathers students and teachers from far and wide to develop applied art forms in the creative use of paper and to channel the local beauty of Kaposvár into works of original and lasting quality.
In a framework of master courses, the members of the colony investigate the opportunities of paper-that simple, sensual, and versatile medium-with the help of national and international experts in the fields of fine and applied arts. The courses take place in an environment of expansive natural space, where rich vegetation, peace, freedom, and tranquillity facilitate the physical and spiritual-mental phases of the creative process and permeate its results.
The workshop hopes to provide a vocational forum to answer the practical and theoretical questions of paper art. To this end, paper industry specialists, paper dipping masters, and art theory experts are always invited alongside paper artists. Practical work is supplemented by lectures, courses, and discussions. Active contacts have been established with the Hungarian Society of Paper Art, Hungarian Society of Book Artists, International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists, paper mills, paper-making workshops, and educational institutions with paper art courses (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, University of Pécs Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, University of West Hungary, Kaposvár University Faculty of Arts and Theater, etc.)
Undergraduates are encouraged to take part in the colony's work. Artistic educational institutions may, through individual agreements, make use of the colony's workshop during periods it is not in session.
The colony is open to all interested visitors and guests are welcome to try their hand at the ancient procedure on an open day organized every creative season. All symposia close with an exhibition arranged in either a home or a foreign art gallery.
The annually organized symposia are arranged and managed by Hatos Pál PhD.
The paper art colony is not a single-model experiment but a series of different and ever-changing events organized in the framework of a ten-day-long programme from year to year.
Further information: Hatos Pál PhD - Kaposvár University Faculty of Arts an Theater
YOUTH IN THE COUNTRY
"Youth in the Country" is an international photography project in which photography schools from all over Europe work together on one theme. Along with Kaposvár University, two Berlin institutions, the Neunplus Fotografengemeinschaft and Fotografie am Schiffbauerdamm, will participate in the project under the frame of the ongoing "Project Bipolar."
The theme, "Youth in the Country," touches on numerous current questions and discussions that play an important role both across borders and within each individual country: the difference between town and country life, the different lifestyles and development opportunities in each, and the relationships between young and old and their contrasting priorities and hopes for the future. Organized around these subjects, the project hopes to shed light on the confrontation between instinct for preservation and desire for change and how these play into the perpetual conflict between local traditions and global innovations.
For Eastern Europe, a unique spectrum of theoretical and artistic fields and possibilities for development has opened up in the rapid transformation of socialist states to democratic ones and in the accompanying social and economic changes. Issues such as the expansion of the EU and the related expectations, fears, and changes have huge significance for all involved.
Though many of these changes are undoubtedly good, the downside of modern development in both East and West is also evident: in East Germany and elsewhere whole tracts of land lie waste, no longer appearing to offer young people any professional or social future; cities are crowded with emigrants from the countryside and immigrants from abroad, heightening social, racial, and national tensions. In many cases, only a few kilometres separate inner city slums from the gated communities of the privileged.
In other areas of countryside, agricultural industrialisation is on the advance, and village life as an independent form of being is giving way under the dictates of competition, pressure for efficiency, and standardisation.
Where the landscape is particularly charming another phenomenon emerges: countryside and village life presented as an idyll. Instead of power-lines and monotonous architecture, we see timber-frame houses, restored mills, and nature reserves; instead of factory farms, there are old forges and cosy inns serving local specialities. It is the rural and bucolic rather than the developed and efficient that are exalted here; instead of the profitability criteria of agrarian economy, those of tourism hold sway.
The project "Youth in the Country" sets out to investigate, document, and comment on these developments and their effects and contradictions without incorporating them into a single polemical agenda. All of the photographers involved in the project may approach the theme objectively, through interchange, research, and literature, or quite subjectively, from their own experience, perception, and intuition. Maybe this will lead to the discovery of completely new ideals or alternative viewpoints-maybe to drastic insights and disillusionment.
"Youth in the Country" hopes to become a chapter in "Project Bipolar" wherein one theme is illuminated thoroughly by the work of diverse young talents of Hungary and Germany. The national and cultural interchange the project fosters will sharpen participants' self-awareness while awakening consciousness of the other perspectives.
- Austria - Kunstuniversität, Linz
- Bulgaria - New Bulgarian University, Sofia
- England - Photodebut, London
- France - Picturetank, Paris
- Germany - Neunplus, Ostkrezschule, Berlin
- Hungary - Kaposvár University, Kaposvár
- Poland - Warszawska Szkola Fotografii, Warsaw
- Romania - Universitatea Nationala De Arte, Bucharest
ART COLONY AT PETÖRKE
The magnificent and picturesque Petörke Lake hosts this interesting and motivating event.
At the Art Colony the art students learn different ways of perceiving and understanding the natural world. They are shown how to analyse and express its beauties. They primarily deal with applying colourful techniques, they are taught how to master the different tempera, watercolour, and pastel crayon techniques.