Relics of the Pan-Periphery [a sci-fi anthropology]

Exhibition

The essence of this exhibition might be described with the manifesto of collapsism, according to which a total collapse might give us the chance to build a social structure fundamentally better than what we know today.

Thursday 31 January, 7:00 pm — Friday 22 March 2013

Platan Art Gallery

Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.

From time to time, the Platán Gallery invites young Hungarian artists to encourage dialogue between the Polish and Hungarian art scenes. In this respect, the present exhibition corresponds to the works of Kuba Bąkowski, „A Boy and His Dog” and „Spaceships, Explorers, Samplers And Other Explorative Devices”, offering a different vision of the post-apocalyptic landscape.

The essence of this exhibition might be described with the manifesto of collapse-ism, according to which a total collapse might give us the chance to build a social structure fundamentally better than what we know today. The most important initiators of this process might be those people or communities, who are prepared for survival – not with shelters and canned food, but with folk-science. Similarly to the works shown at the Cargo Collapse exhibition in Bratislava (Faica Gallery, 2012), this set of installations is also grounded on collapse, though here the works do not concern the methods of survival, neither are they the elements of a world to be built after a global catastrophe. These pieces are more to be interpreted as the products of the homeless tribes of the migrations that will take place in the degraded environment of a prolonged crisis.

Kaszás Tamás was born in 1976 in Dunaújváros. He graduated at the Intermedia department of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts where recently he has continued with his doctoral studies. Today he lives and works on the Szentendrei Islands near Budapest. Kaszás usually creates complex projects inspired by theoretical researches. During the process he applies traditional and new media as well. Keywords like collectivity, collapse and survival, living in nature, self sustainability and autonomy, theory vs practice, folk science, home-made homes, cargo cult, fictional anthropology, visual aid, etc. might give an idea about his most important topics. In accordance with his conceptual background Kaszás tries to make an economic and ecological art practice using mostly cheap or recycled materials, techniques easily available for everyone and designs easy-to-make structures. For this reason, he not only collects and follows but also wishes to develop the collective knowledge of folk science. He often works in various collaborations, first of all with  Loránt Anikó* (Ex-artists' collective) and Kristóf Krisztián* (the Randomroutines). Kaszás works with Kisterem Gallery, Budapest.

Opening of the exhibition: on Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 7 p.m.

Opening speech by Hajnalka Somogyi, independent curator

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