’If you ask no questions, you cannot receive answers’
The exhibition ’Line – The Feeling of One Dimension’ does ask questions.
It inquires whether it is possible to join ’the line’, the most elemental and abstract instrument of art and ’the one dimension’ as scientific fundamentals, by means of the mental, poetic and artistic freedom of ’sense’, an unidentifiable concept.
According to its concept, the exhibition attempts to cross the border between ’nothing’ and one dimension, as well as between ’everything’ and one dimension, thus going beyond the simple use of the line. In this case the line is not the instrument of circumscribing a flat shape or making the illusion of space, etc. on the way between one dimension and the other dimensions; it is a goal – the goal of seeing how the artists approach one dimension from the zero point or infinite dimensional world by the means of geometric art.
The exhibition is part of the stream of thoughts that for decades has regularly dealt with analysing the similarities and differences of scientific and artistic cognition, of creation and practice.
Several artistic trends appearing since the 1910s and having an impact even today are based on geometry.
The exhibition series, created as the sequel of the supreMADIsm festival and symmetry conference (Moscow 2006), nests in geometric art spanning the period from Russian constructivism to our days, thus emphasising that geometric art (as a collective term) has an unbroken continuity from its appearance to the present.
Straight lines running towards infinity symbolise the dynamism in art’s development, its unended history, the incompleteness of the process. The aim of the exhibititon is to show the versatility and wide variety of the representations produced in the above mentioned development process through the works of art of the artists invited to the event, to show that the works of art made in plane and space can express and generate the feeling of ’one dimension’, the feeling of focusing.
Even the social movements of the second half of the twentieth century were affected by the feeling of ’being one dimensional’.
Philosopher and political activist Herbert Marcuse won world fame with his theory in the 1960s. He directed criticism at one-dimensional societies, contemporary capitalist and state socialist regimes. The concept of the Great Refusal cemented his reputation as theoretician of liberation from affluent society.
Slovak artist Marian Drugda joined one-dimensional social criticism with a barcode picture having a Bauhaus reference. A barcode is a means of identification consisting of monochrome, multicoloured or invisible lines (bars) and spacings of different widths. Its encoded binary image and text content can be read and decoded with a suitable instrument. In Hungary the one dimensional bar code with a data storing capacity of several hundred characters appeared at the end of the 1980s. Today even the simplest item has a barcode on it and our everyday life is infiltrated with barcodes.
Some say it is not the number of dimensions that qualifies the meaning of our existence, since one cannot have more than three, but how far you can get within the given framework. Now let us see within what framework the chosen artists have worked and how far they have come.
LINE - the feeling of one dimension (International Exhibition of Geometric Arts)
B55 Gallery, Budapest, V., Balaton St. 4.
Opens: Róbert Schiller
Curator and conception: Zsuzsa Dárdai
Opening: 31 July 19.00
Exhibiting artists: Eduard ANTAL (SK), Carmelo ARDEN QUIN (ROU), BENEDEK Barna (H), BOLÍVAR (ROU), Claude BOURGUIGNON (F), Catherine BÜRKI (F), Giancarlo CAPORICCI (I), Carlos CRUZ-DIEZ (V), ERDÉLY Dániel (H), ERDÉLYI Gábor (H), Mikael FAGERLAND (S), Lars Erik FALK (S), FAJÓ János (H), GÁYOR Tibor (H), HALMI-HORVÁTH István (H), Peter HANKEL (D), HERCZEGH László (H), John Arden HIIGLI (USA), HORVÁTH László (H), Viktor HULÍK (SK), Norbert HUWER (D), JOLÁTHY Attila (H), JOVÁNOVICS Tamás (H) Roland de JONG-ORLANDO (NL), Anneke KLEIN KRANENBARG (NL), Vjacseszlav KOLEYCHUK (RUS), KONOK Tamás (H), KOVÁCS Tamás László (H), Matjuska Teja KRASEK (SLO), Jaildo MARINHO (BR), Vincenzo MASCIA (I), Giuseppe MINORETTI (I), Vera MOLNÁR (F), OTTO László (H), Claude PASQUET (F), PATAKI Balázs (H), Gaetano PINNA (I), Axel ROHLFS (D), SAXON Szász János (H), Rino SERNAGLIA (I), Victor VASARELY (F), Jean-Pierre VIOT (F), WOLSKY András (H), Paola ZORZI (I).
LINE - beyond one dimension (Graphics exhibition of the Symmetry Festival 2009)
Light (Fény) Gallery, Budapest II, Moszkva pl. 3.
Curator, conception and opens: Zsuzsa Dárdai
Opening: 3 August 19.00
Exhibiting artists: Timo AALTO (SF), Getulio ALVIANI (I), StefanBELOHRADSKY(SK), Max BILL (CH), Inge BÜTHNER (D), Milan DOBES (SK), Marian DRUGDA (SK), FAJÓ JÁNOS (H), Karl GERSTNER (CH), Ingo GLASS (D), HANTALA (SF), Eric HAUSER (D), HEIM András (RO), Helmut Bohm (A), HORVÁTH Anna (H), JOLÁTHY Attila (H), KOCSIS Imre (D), KOMLÓDI István (H), Matti KOSKELA (SF),
KOVÁCS Tamás László (H), LANTOS Ferenc (H), Guido LIPPENS (I), MARAFKÓ Bence (H), MENGYÁN András (H), R. NOZZOLEN (I), PATAKI Balázs (H), PÉLI MANDULA (H), Albert RUBENS (B), SAXON Szász János (H), Jacques WEYER (F).
Art exhibition related to the themes of the scientific programs
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Bldg. K, 2nd Fl.,
Room Leporello/ C7
Open: 2-5 August
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Bldg. K, 2nd Fl.,
Opens: Mariann Villányi
Opening: 3 August, 14.15
Force lines, Exhibition of works by G. Pinna and V. Mascia (Italy) -
MTA MADI Gallery, Győr, Liszt F. St. 10.
28 May - 4 September
Ancient Christian vaults, Pécs
Palindrome Intermedia Performance Group (Stuttgart, Germany):
Synesthesia - 5'er workshop - Virus Dance
August 2, 19.00
Budapest, Erzsebet sq. Cultural Centre (Godor)
(K. Ladik, Zs. Kovács, Zs. Sőrés, E. Szkárosi: Spiritus Noister, Hungary)
August 4, 8.30 p.m.
Palindrome Intermedia Performance Group (Stuttgart), combines science and technology with dance. They are known for their work with interactive dance technology -- bio-sensors and motion tracking technology that the music, lighting or video projections be controlled by the dancers' movement.
Read more: http://www.palindrome.de/
The internationally acknowledged Hungarian artists, Katalin Ladik, Zsolt Kovács, Zsolt Sőrés and Endre Szkárosi who have been working together since 1994 in Spiritus Noister formation (Budapest) have released a new work of the Hungarian avant-garde.
The basic novelty in Spiritus Noister's current project is breaking away from the merely declamative and monological interpretation of the work: alternative meanings of Ursonate are reconsidered in a complex musical and vocal space. Staying true to the letter and spirit of the original work (…) the group adapts an entirely new approach utilizing a contemporary sound arsenal. An original and contemporary account of this great work has been developed from the wealth of possible interactions among the two sound poets and the two instrumental musicians contributing to the project.
The performance is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of futurism (and the soon later dada), combining visual arts with literature-poetry, sound, theatre.