6 p.m.: Gábor Ősz presentation
8 p.m.: Peter Puklus book presentation
Until 10 p.m., the works are on view.
The presentations in the artist studios will be followed by a grill party on the rooftop.
Gábor Ősz: Ontology-Tautology – What does the image want?
Holland based artist, Gábor Ősz has been working in Budapest on the invitation of the Igor Metropol Association for the past one and a half months. Within the walls of the studio, he created a video work that raises a new aspect to attempts to comprehend the nature of the relation of analogue and digital imagery.
With the completion of this new piece, the artist will present this work together with another project closely linked to it. On this occasion, both the new video installation, “Tautology”, and the preceding video work, “Ontology”, will be screened for the first time in Hungary.
“The history of the image is directly linked to the history of depiction. But what happens if we disregard the previous statement, and we set a mirror before the image, to confront it with its own existence? The image void of depiction, the empty image – so to say – exists since the appearance of the technical image. It is none other than the sign of light. It is the image projected without the negative by the analogue photo-enlarger that is equivalent to the flickering empty white frame on the screen of the cinema. Before everything begins: the space of information – with the information missing.
In the course of the recent “Ontology” project, a looped analogue film is installed on a given track with the aid of various rollers, to project its own image. The filmstrip, set in motion by the projector, realises the concept of the space within the space, the projection of the recorded repetition of the projection becoming the image within the image.
One of the differences between the analogue and the digital film loop is that the digital process has no physical evidence. Therefore we cannot film it. The piece “Tautology”, realised in Budapest, is the digital version of the principle of the “Ontology” project. The images of not one, but three digital beamers on three walls of a space appear in the film, as an equation of loaded spatial and visual relations. The projection initiated by the white image of the empty beamers is multiplied by the concurrent repetition of the projections of the sweeping recordings of the space. With the repetition of the process, the projections multiply their own space, like mirrors, and the prescribed motion presents a kind of complex system of the projection of the projection of the projection. The space moves within the space, in the repeatedly recorded recordings of the space of the projection. " (Gábor Ősz)
The works of Gábor Ősz are represented in Hungary by Vintage Gallery.
The creation of "Tautology" was supported by VIVITEK Projectors.
Two photo books of Peter Puklus, Budapest based photographer, were published this spring in Bratislava and in Heidelberg. These books will be presented for the first time in Hungary on this occasion.
1. Peter Puklus: Handbook to the Stars
Published by Stanica Contemporary, Banská Štiavnica, Slovak Republic, 2012
“There is a reason why Peter Puklus’ first publication is called Handbook to the Stars, a subtle manifesto of his Ars Poetica. With this handbook, he attempts to portray his own universe and provide an insight into how his photographic works relate to each other: like galaxies in relative proximity to one another that are bound together by their own gravitational force. The images function together and through one another, have no sequence or chronology, but exist individually, even as they form interconnections and follow their own patterns. Hence, they do not necessarily fit on a page in this book; the imaginary distances keep the images in their place. This implies that they may appear fragmented: sometimes small, sometimes large – precisely as they co-exist in Puklus’s universe of images.”
(extract from the book, text by Claudia Küssel, curator of Rotterdam Fotomuseum)
Stanica Contemporary, The Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, International Visegrad Fund, Studio of Young Artists Association
2. Peter Puklus: One and a half meter
Published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2012
The title of his work refers to the distance that defines his direct environment, his personal proximity. About his work, he says:
“I collect the portraits of the people around me. I map and document those who are close to me in one way or another (I collect memories). Slowly, I will get to everybody. Relatives or friends, the important thing is that the photograph can be the symbol of my relationship to them. Or the relationship of the people in the photograph to each other. Or that personal secret, which may be revealed by a gaze. I capture a moment, the magic of which lies in trust, intimacy and photography; in other words, the story of love, friendship and identity.” (Peter Puklus)
Peter Puklus is a member of the Lumen Committee.