MARK FRIDVALSZKI

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Mark Fridvalszki (born in 1981 in Budapest, lives and works in Berlin) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2011 and was a postgraduate Meisterschüler student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig (2014–2017). Fridvalszki is the co-initiator and graphic editor of the publishing project and cross-disciplinary collective Technologie und das Unheimliche or T+U (since 2014).
 
Archeo-futurology, the excavation of visual remains of lost futures and modernist visions in a post-futuristic, atemporal age, has become the prime method in the art of Mark Fridvalszki. After the uncanny sediments of Cold War aesthetics, visionary yet threatening intersections of deep past and deep future from speculative geology to post-apocalyptic "haggard geometry" that defined the first decade of his work, this archeo-futurological impulse has brought a 180-degree turn: paranoia has been replaced by utopia, claustrophobic bunker-existence expanded into vertiginous virtual perspectives, grayscale imagery gave way to a psychedelic palette, future-fears turned into future-fascinations. 
The meta-collages, composed of visual materials of two distinct but in many ways parallel futuristic periods—the years around 1968 as the culmination point of "Popular Modernism" and the years of 1989 with a special emphasis on the Rave movement's struggle against the neoliberal invasion of cultural and political imagination—are the sensual results of a seemingly paradox strategy of digging up the past in search of the future, unearthing the still potent utopian impulses repressed by the antimodern consensus. Fuelled by a nostalgia for the future, what Fridvalszki creates are artistic devices for a spectropolitical strategy to summon the exorcised ghosts of Modernity in order to break through the temporal claustrophobia of our presentist age.
 
Education
2014–2017 Meisterschüler, postgraduate studies at Academy for Visual Arts Leipzig (HGB), Media Arts
2011 Diploma with distinction at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
2008–2011 Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Graphic Arts and Printmaking
2004–2008 University of Applied Arts Vienna, Graphic Arts and Printmaking
 
Membership
Since 2019 Professional Association of Visual Artists (BBK), Berlin 
Since 2009 Membership of the Studio of Young Artist Association (FKSE), Budapest
 
Collective
Since 2014 Technologie und das Unheimliche (T+U)
 
Solo shows (selection)
2022 Meeting of the Spirits, Szentendre Gallery, Szentendre, H
2022 Unforeseen Forces of Occulture (U.F.O.) by T+U, The Július Koller Society, Bratislava
2022 Home Page, C³ Center for Culture & Communication Foundation, online
2022 Works 21–22, Horizont Gallery, Budapest
2022 A World Without Any Future?, Statement no. 16 w/ Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, A
2021 Ad Futura, Ad Inexplorata, ISBN books+gallery, Budapest
2021 Forward and Up!, intervention in public space, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin 
2020 Future Perfect, Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaújváros, ICA-D, H
2020 Escape to Forever, Gallery TIC, Brno, CZ
2020 Homeless Between Yestermorrows, Horizont Gallery, Budapest 
2019 An Out of this World Event IV., Horizont Gallery, Budapest
2019 An Out of this World Event III., Karlin Studios, Prague
2018 An Out of this World Event II., LLPlatform, Budapest
2017 Material Study (Sonic) feat. Sam Conran, Super+ Centercourt, München 
2017 Take Me Back feat. János Iván Kárpáti, Artkartell Projectspace, Budapest 
2017 9,81, Art+Text Gallery, Budapest
2016 Dream, Relax & Dream w/ Simon Elias Meier, Speculative Spaces, Leipzig
2016 Apparatus, w/ Aleksandr Delev, The Museum, Leipzig 
2016 New, Grey, Polished Chrome, Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest
2016 Marshalling Inc. by T+U, Zönotéka, Berlin 
2015 Only Ruins Left, HIT Gallery, Bratislava
2015 T+U vol. III. Enigma, booklet launch and exhibition, Project Space Akademie Solitude, Stuttgart
2014 Please mother, can't we go some place where there isn't any sky?, Labor, Budapest
 
Group shows (selection)
2022 I Went Through That Door and I Never Came Back, MeetFactory, Prague
2022 Geisterpop/ulation, Kunstverein Eisenstadt, A
2022 Zero Point, Artrooms Moravany, Castle Moravany, Moravany nad Váhom, SK
2022 Youhu, Kieselbach Gallery, Budapest
2021 Shortlist at Esterházy Award, Ludwig Museum, Budapest 
2021 Iskra Delta, 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts, MGLC, Ljubljana
2021 Gdańsk 2080. Futurological Congress, Narracje Festival 12, Gdańsk, PL
2021 Peaks, Pics and Other Inconsistencies, Galéria P. M. Bohúňa, Liptovský Mikuláš, SK
2021 Man in the Cave, Blansko Gallery, Blansko, CZ
2020 Flagge zeigen, interventions in public space, Storkow, DE
2020 Leaning on the Past, Working for the Future, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
2020 Close Friends, B2 Gallery, Leipzig
2020 The World Is Flat and Square, Raum Vollreinigung, Berlin
2019 Shortlist at Esterházy Award, Ludwig Museum, Budapest 
2019 Conditio Inhumana, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
2018 Global Control and Censorship by T+U, MODEM, Debrecen, H
2018 Reading the Cities, outdoor sculpture project around Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz, Leipzig
2018 If you are manipulated, manipulate back!, Kunstverein Kunsthaus Potsdam, DE
2018 Where Do We Go From Here, Galerie Miroslava Kubíka, Litomyšl, CZ
2018 :-(, D21 Kunstverein, Leipzig
2018 Dome, Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, Berlin 
2017 Rosebuds—Hidden Stories of Things, D21 Kunstverein, Leipzig
2017 Shortlist at Esterházy Award, Ludwig Museum, Budapest 
2017 Leopold Blood Art Award 2017, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest
2017 The Pit and the Pendulum, OFF-Biennale 2, 2017, Pécs, H
2017 Unseen, Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest
2016 Interference, Trafó Gallery, Budapest 
2016 Neuro Gym—Reality Research Festival 2k16 by Kitchen Budapest, Budapest
2016 Solstice, Faur Zsófi Gallery, Budapest 
2016 Intermarium, BWA Sokół Gallery, Nowy Sącz, PL
2016 The Portent of Light, Gallery Meetfatory, Prague
2016 Volkshymne, Gallery Nod, Prague
2015 Inverz, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest 
2015 Bewahren Speichern Präsentieren, Lage Egal, Berlin
2015 Insecurity State by T+U & Corporation, OFF-Biennale 1, Lärm Club, Budapest
2015 Enigma, Mzin, Leipzig
2015 Accumulation of Matter, Lehrter 17, Berlin
2015 Around Analogies by T+U, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
2014 The Thunder Lizard Was Never Extinct, Zönotéka, Berlin 
2014 Pensive Pictures, Goodbye!, Higgs Field, Budapest
2013 My Little Cloud, Dovin Gallery, Budapest
2012 The Stars Look Different Today, Dovin Gallery, Budapest
2012 Loop, Virág Judit Gallery, Budapest
2011 Friss 2011, Kogart Gallery, Budapest
2011 Budapest Áramlás, Virág Judit Gallery, Budapest
2011 Papír Panoráma, Virág Judit Gallery, Budapest
 
Awards, prizes
2022 Working scholarship, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Neustart Kultur
2021 Nomination for Esterházy Award, Budapest 
2019 Nomination for Esterházy Award, Budapest 
2018 Working scholarship, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (KdFS)
2017 Nomination for Leopold Bloom Art Award, Budapest
 
AiR, projects
2019 Futura, AiR, Prague 
2018 7th Sympozium Litomyšl, curated by Jan Zálešák, Litomyšl, CZ
2018 The Last Amazonian Congress, curated by Lucia Tkáčová, Polana Forest, SK
2018 Schafhof, AiR, Freising, DE
2018 Ebenböckhaus, AiR, München
2015 Meetfactory, AiR, Prague
2014 Igor Metropol, AiR, Budapest
 
Bibliography (selection)
Youhu: The New Generation of Hungarian Contemporary Art, ed. by Gábor Rieder, Zita Sárvári, Budapest: Kieselbach Gallery, 2022
On Easternfuturism – Kajet Journal 5, Winter 2022
Mark Fridvalszi, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, "Mark Fisher in Stalin City", in →The Future of … 1, published by Kajet Journal and Dispositiv Books, 2022
Flóra Barkóczi, "Utópista "deejaying" a posztinternet kultúrában", in →artportal.hu, 22.5.2022
Łukasz Białkowski, "Wesoły śpiew technoszamanów", in →Szum Magazine, 2022/36.
Ármin Tillmann, "A többlettudat öröme", in →artportal.hu, 27.4.2022
Endre Cserna, "68 89 21–22 420", in →Artmagazin Online, 20.4.2022
The ISKRA DELTA Catalogue, ed. by Tjaša Pogačar, Nevenka Šivavec, Ljubljana: 34th Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts, 2021
Bertalan Eged, "Esztétikus kísértetidézés, avagy bozótharc Mark Fisher sötét erdejében", in Apokrif, 2021/3.
Király Péter, "A jövőbe tekinteni, a jelenben élni, a múltban keresni", in →prae.hu, 26.6.2021
Attila Sirbik, "Szellemek utáni áhitat – interjú Fridvalszki Márkkal", in Magyar Narancs, 2021/12.
Maximilian Wahlich, "Poppige Kunst fürs cleane Foyer", in →art-in-berlin, 27.2.2021
Bea Istvánkó, "Tökéletes formák, tökéletes vonalak", in →Új Művészet, 2021/2.
Barnabás Zemlényi-Kovács, "A hantológia hontalansága", in →Café Bábel Nr. 81: Techno, 2020
Attila Sirbik, "Szövevényes mindmap", in →Új Művészet, 2020/6.
Tayler Patrick Nicholas, "A múltra támaszkodva dolgozni a jövőért", in →Új Művészet, 2.9.2020
Attila Sirbik, "A jelen mint a víz felszínén remegő, gradiensekben pompázó 4K olajfolt – interjú Fridvalszki Márkkal", in →Új Művészet, 2.9.2020
János Schneller, "Talán csak nosztalgia …", in →Új Művészet, 10.3.2020
Where Do We Go from Here, ed. by Jan Zálesák, Jen Kratochvil, Litomyšl: 7th Sympozium Litomyšl / Galerie Miroslava, 2019
→Rosebuds: Hidden Stories of Things, ed. by D21 Kunstraum Leipzig e. V., Lena Brüggemann, Francis Hunger, Fabian Reimann, Leipzig, 2018
Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, "Otherworldly Euphorias", in Artmagazin, 2018
Nemes Z. Márió, "Nosztalgiakocka", in artkartell.hu, 17.11.2017
Róza Tekla Szilágyi, "A technorégész", in artkartell.hu, 29.1.2017
Eszter Márkus, "Y-generációs absztraktok", in →artportal.hu, 12.1.2017
Márió Z. Nemes, "The Simulacrum Bleeds Matter", in Artlocator, 2016/3.
→Intermarium, ed. by Łukasz Białkowski, Piotr Sikora, Nowy Sącz: BWA SOKÓŁ Gallery of Contemporary Art / SOKÓŁ Małopolska Cultural Centre − Institution of the Province of Małopolska, 2016
Attila Sirbik, "Totális most", in →Artmagazin Online, Nr. 88, 2016/4.
J.A. Tillmann, "A légószürke szépsége", in prae.hu, 4.7.2016
Szilvia Fekete, "A polírozott króm ötven árnyalata", in Élet és Irodalom, 2016/14.
Attila Sirbik, "Beszélgetés Fridvalszki Márkkal", in Balkon, 2016/1.
Szilvi Német, "Totális most", in →artportal.hu, 16.12.2014 
Emese Mucsi, "The Stars Look Different Today", in →Balkon, 2013/1.
 
© Mark Fridvalszki 2008–2023