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Erick Beltrán / Mireia c. Saladrigues IN RESiDENCE at the School Josep Comas i Solà
INTRODUCTION OF KASPAR HAUSER
Erick Beltrán proposed a process of thought and research into the idea of perception and knowledge of the world. As the guiding thread, he suggested the life of Kaspar Hauser, a historic character who was kept locked up in a room without windows or doors for sixteen years, with no contact with other people, and who was finally freed in a square in Nuremberg. The first approach to this character involved making a portrait of him in clay, imagining what his face must have been like.
PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD: VISION, PERSPECTIVE
One of the main themes for thought in the project is to question our perception of the world. Based on short exercises, the group also explored and thought about different mechanisms for representing the world. Subjects such as perspective, colour and form were approached in very simple but telling ways through small, practically exercises during each work session.
Kaspar Hauser did not differentiate between animate and inanimate objects, and this also provided food for thought. Erick Beltrán also included stories about legendary characters who are between life and death and proposed making a short animation to explore this theme.
VISIT TO ÈRIC VILLALÓN
To explore ideas about perception and representation of reality in greater depth, a blind person (with 5% sight) engaged in the world of photography was invited to attend a session. The pupils prepared a series of questions about how Èric Villalón perceives the world, how he relates to it and how he approaches it through photography.
VISIT TO MACBA
The visit to MACBA began with a discussion of Erick Beltrán's work Enciclopaedia. Excerpts from it are read out and the debate centres on the artist's proposals about the knowledge we have of the world: how we distinguish what is true from what is not. The discussion then continued to centre on other works in the collection which suggest similar questions to the project theme.
On vision: the project continued with research into animal vision. This study opened up a whole realm of unknown perceptions that enabled more in-depth thought about whether or not we can determine what is real.
DIAGRAMS. THE PALACE OF MEMORY
Erick Beltrán proposed that the pupils should make diagrams of all the performances, exercises and research that the pupils did over the course of the process to organise them and bring them together in a publication. Accordingly, each pupil classified the materials they had worked on during the project according to a plan previously drawn up: a map of their home. In a second stage, all the diagrams were brought together to form a single plan.
THE PUBLICATION: LETTERS TO KASPAR
Finally, all the material generated was organised according to a schematic drawing reproducing the body of Kaspar Hauser. Eduardo Barrera helped to decide the design, proposing different ways of organising the materials for publication. Based on these proposals, Erick Beltrán and the pupils decided the format of the publication.
MIREIA c. SALADRIGUES: REVIEW OF KASPAR HAUSER
Mireia c. Saladrigues joined the work process, and the pupils told her all about it, showing her the work they had done with Erick Beltrán. Mireia c. Saladrigues proposed a different format: the artistic performance.
PREPARATION OF THE PERFORMANCE
The group watched and discussed a series of performances by different artists in order to gain an idea of the possibilities and registers this creative format suggested. In a brainstorming session, the pupils proposed performances linked to the figure of Kaspar Hauser. Once the performances had been decided, they began a process of preparing the materials in order to put them into practice.
PERFORMANCES IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Over the course of two days, nine different performances were presented at the school and in the surrounding neighbourhood:
#1 PANTONE OF SKINS
#2 A HORSE
#3 NO MORE KASPAR HAUSER!
#4 FALSE PEOPLE
#6 WRITING A RAP IN REVERSE
#7 IN SOCIETY
#8 INSIDE BOOKS
The performances were recorded in photographs and on film.
PRESENTATION AT FABRA I COATS - ART FACTORY
Joint presentation of Cartes a Kaspar [Letters to Kaspar] and the photograph and film installation recording the performances. At the presentation, the two artists, the teacher and the pupils explained the creative processes developed over the course of the academic year.