Art Colony 2011
Welcome to this abstract space, which provides a perfect setting for these works of art. Where viewers can completely immerse themselves in them with the total exclusion of the outside world: there are no windows here, which on the one hand would take precious space from the artworks and divert the attention of viewers away from them to the more familiar, nevertheless very impressive scenery. So it is merely the light coming from above that contribute to the perfect viewing experience. Nevertheless, our attention is purposefully not directed to the individual worlds of each artwork exclusively, as this exhibition which is varied in genres as well as in the issues it raises was compiled to help create a community; the autonomous worlds may go beyond themselves. The main idea for artists to exhibit their works of art together as a group at one exhibition is usually an idea that one or a few people come up with, i.e. a thematic group exhibition. Here we must not be misled by the title: the title, a new word invented for this specific occasion: Prototype, gave participants a new mental challenge, but in the case of Cered art colony, we must not assume that we can find out inevitability by such abstractions. This new word means, in this case, the use of photography as the starting point, however, despite the fact that the works of art are of other media, the prototype for each newly created artwork is a photograph – and from these reproducible Images a unique work of art is created. Such a relationship of the reproduction is inverse to the mechanically duplicated images – hence this new term is justified here.
The real message of this exhibition is – as already mentioned – the intention to create a community. Going beyond postcolonial theory, but not going against them, we can see that the concept of center and the periphery have become meaningless, and in a geographical sense, it is becoming more and more incomprehensible where we are in reality, as physical space is being effaced. It is as if we are in the reality of Daniel Kehlmann, which can be described as follows: “This was now the age of the image, of the sound of rhythms and a mystical dissolution into the eternal present – a religious ideal become reality through the power of technology.” This refers partly to the collective experience of the community, where we are, in fact, alone – like at a techno party – but also to the ndividual who wanders in solitude, so it refers less to the community. The space is pushed into the background, making the network of human relationships more relevant. Based on descriptions, we may get the impression that Cered is a place that is far from thoroughfares, i.e. places where we meet people we do not wnat to, it is the periphery of the periphery, where instead of the rhythm of noise we can hear the rhythhm of life. But there is more to it than that.
I have already experienced in Zebegény that Budapest can no longer be heard over the mountains of Visegrád. Furthermore, no matter what happens in Pécs, people in Budapest will not hear about it. On the other hand it is easy in Berlin to know what is going on in Moscow and people in Amsterdam get information about everything in the blink of an eye. But what happens on the southern slope of Gellért Hill, cannot be called a downtown thing. Somehow, the waves of civilization are blocked and swallowed by mountains. We have recently learnt that the earth is a capacitor, Tesla had suspected it, but it wasn’t until recently that it was measured: it is called the Schumann resonance. Since then, the astronauts will undergo artificial resonance and eliminate the negative consequences. It is possible that in Cered – as electromagnetic pollution is probably quite minimal – the Schumann resonance is more audible; but it is also possible that when you are in Cered, there is nothing else to do, but to listen to each other, and that its strength lies.
Take a look at Cered on historical maps in the next room. The community was moved back and forth, as the borders were drawn and redrawn. Attractive. Seventeen years ago the founders of the Art Colony discovered the magic of this place and have turned its grave disadvantages into advantages. The experience of paying attention to each other may not become obvious when one looks at these artworks, as this has more to do with life itself, it proves that even here in this small village behind the Mammon there is enough room for the whole of Europe. What do you mean the world is small?
Night and day.
Opening speech at the XVI. Artcolony Exhibition in the Museum for History in Salgótarján, on the 13th of April 2012
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