Black suits us well

The innovative art-pedagogic initiative DemoLab was established in January 2018 by the Foundation for Democratic Youth (DIA). We have made the closing event of the program “colourful” on 21.09.2019*.

* Well, this is not quite true, we haven’t made it exactly colourful, since we had opted with Foundation director Rita Galambos for black paper.

Rita Galambos, director of the Foundation for Democratic Youth and Kriszta Halmai, illustrator in front of the finished note-sheet in the hall of the former Otthon Áruház.
Rita Galambos: „I got exactly what I’d wished to.”

Have you ever been drawing on black paper? Or can you remember the blackboard you stood by when put on an oral test?

“Contemporary artists in school: what can art learn from education and what can education learn from art?” was the title of the professional discussion we have interpreted visually.
We received the distinct request to refrain from the “art for art’s sake” attitude, to remain functional and to use black and white, fitting to the image of the program.

To achieve the best possible effect, we have experimented the most appropriate markers and chalks in a separate workshop.

We have investigated the limits of the paper and that of our tools, and checked what can be combined and what is worth combining with what.
This paper behaves differently, it has another surface; that one cannot be used at all, we have to use (not only) the acrylic markers differently.
Shadowing can be forgotten altogether, no matter how good it looks like on white paper, and we have used colours in a lower key either.

The dramatic “visual records on black paper” was a huge success at the DIA event; participants of the roundtable discussion were enthusiastic about the summary while the audience would never tire of taking photos of the completed large sheet.

 

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Complex issue cries for complex representation

About Me

I’m Szilárd Strenner, the general manager of Grafacity Visual Services, a visual facilitator and organisational development consultant by profession. I’ve been doing trainings and leading groups since 1994. I got familiar with visual recording in 2010, and I wrote my final thesis on this topic for my OD consultant education. We set up Grafacity Visual Services and became active members of IFVP, International Forum of Visual Practitioners. I take part in nearly a thousand of hours of visual client-work independently or together with my colleagues annually. I would like to better understand how we can support the change processes with our visual means the most efficiently.

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