Under the knife - exhibition

Under the knife exhibition opens at Budapest Fiction gallery on July 1, 2010, at 7 PM . Exhibition can be visited until July 24,
Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 2 PM to 7 PM.

Works of French artist Cannelle Tanc, and subjective maps of Budapest by Attila Bujdosó, Dániel Feles és Krisztián Gergely (Kitchen Budapest) will be shown.

Budapest Fiction gallery: 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102. I/1.

Opening: July 1, 2010. 7 PM. Fine music contribution by Dj Clairvo (Mustbeat).
Exhibition is open from July 2 to July 24,
Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 2 PM to 7 PM.

Curator: Stenczer Sári

Since the beginnings of history, man has tried to map his environment in order to position himself and to comprehend his spatial context. He created for himself a simplified, two-dimensional, almost indispensable navigational tool and believes in its infallibility. And all this determines on a large scale his perceptions and judgments of the world, of which he is also a part.

For centuries, the map meant a two-dimensional drawing, until modern technologies, and the belief invested in them, made the next step possible, which resulted in the accomplishment of graphic notions animated by the computer, or even made interactive. Today these visual representations presumed to be geometrically precise of the mapped spaces, territories or surfaces are the proportional and symbolic portrayals of connections between the details. On these, a reality contained in a structure appears before us – in Baudrillard’s words, a “hyper-reality”, that we mentally interpret as a simulacrum, and – in moments of both preparing and reading – we can abstract ad infinitum. The map is a miniaturised dimension, an operative tool of recognition, whose decoding, nevertheless, hardly informs us of the people living within it, or the circumstances of their existence.

Artists have employed and moulded the language of cartography from time immemorial, in order to render reality the subject of their social criticism and/or aesthetic explorations. They attempt to approach this autonomous, utilitarian system again toward the personal or the incomprehensible, or chaotic, with the aim of responding with their own means to socio-economic globalisation and to prompt us to think about our own determined condition, about borders, power and the projections of all of these.

Cannelle Tanc (1970, lives and works in Paris, www.cannelletanc.eu) has transformed the maps of cities for years with fracturing and meticulous cutting, creating factures reminiscent of lace, which are then placed in layers like textiles, or on photographs of emblematic buildings, or else three-dimensional bodies are folded from them. Novel objects are created from the maps that are familiar to and used by everyone, in which, in place of the built environment, emptiness, nothingness succeeds, and it is only the green spaces, water and the structure of the street network that remain as a fragile network – thus overturning the customary discourse of orientation and territorial occupation.


A SubMap elnevezésű projekt három magyar alkotó, Feles Dániel (1990, Budapest, http://doser.tumblr.com), Gergely Krisztián (1989, Budapest, www.krisoft.hu) és Bujdosó Attila (1981, Budapest, http://bujatt.com) munkája, akik személyes élményeik és emlékeik rendszerezéséhez egy szkripttel átalakították Budapest térképét. Munkájuk, mely egy gömbformájú idegrendszerre emlékeztet, hármuk szubjektív szűrőjén keresztül torzítja el a főváros utcahálózatát. Projektjük távolabbi célja egy individuum mindennapi helyváltozatásának koordinátáit követő transzformáció, az élettér nyomvonalainak felerősítése. (http://kitchenbudapest.hu/hu/projects/submap_hu)

The exhibited map-transcriptions that are both two-dimensional and expand into space probe the questions of cartographical objectivity and conditioning. They bring into question automated messages and re-examine the legibility and circumscribability of the means of this. They invite us on a virtual, urban excursion, on which the participants can reinterpret their place of residence and, in general, the phenomenon of the city.

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