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"An Out of this World Event II." / Solo show at LLPLatform, Budapest, 2018
(installation / wallpaper, digital print (A3), 430x300cm / digital print on Fruit of the Loom T-shirt, Ed. each 12, magnets)
Photos: László Kun

"Acid Daze" mixtape by Saint Leidal The 2nd was created with an archeological approach and played during the opening. (on SoundCloud)

The works that have been made in 2018 are characterized by the errors of file conversion, as well as by the tension between digital and printed images and the ethnographic submersion into subcultures and DIY scenes. These artworks evoke the nostalgia for lost futures and the atmosphere of escapisms from the polished consumer realities. These tendencies are being accentuated by the aesthetics of glitches and the sensibility to "rustic" material surfaces. Following the exhibition at D21 in Leipzig, the installation entitled "An Out of this World Event​ II." aims to continue the media archeological exploration of utopic events of the early '90s. The motifs that have been appropriated and edited with slight gestures from the internet appear on the prints of a special T-shirt edtion as significant artefacts of rave cultures. Besides the installation that merges into the consumerist environment of Lollipop Factory Budapest as a display, the printed artworks and a sound installation recall the spirit of the predigital cultural era.

Extra thanks for the acid house after party to Saint Leidal The 2nd, Gördön and Új Bála.

OTHERWORLDLY EUPHORIAS (excerpt)

(...) This time it seems like we can clearly identify the aura of a specific age and its cultural spheres through the installation. The era and location are clearly set -- the euphoric optimism of the '90s, primarily its representation in Eastern-Europe as it was regaining consciousness after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The territories of counter-culture in arts and media established during the times of dictatorship experienced restructuring on a regional scale, which resulted in new forms of community-building and DIY movements in the post-soviet states. Of course, it is only the irony of history that the techno and trance energies creating cultural escape routes from the reality of late capitalism on the Western side of the former Iron Curtain had their moment coinciding with the euphoria of the system change and the promise of a free market economy in our region. (...)

(Read the whole text by Zsolt Miklósvölgyi)











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