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Accommodation on the moon in a garage, cosmic frequencies and David Bowie in Pécs

Accommodation on the moon in a garage, cosmic frequencies and David Bowie in Pécs

The great questions of the world concern both scientists and artists, so it is very interesting to compare how a given topic is approached and how the representatives of the branches process it. In Pécs in the Zsolnay Quarter at the m21 Gallery The űr – Alternate Cosmos An exhibition featuring 65 artists and 250 works of art was opened with the title, which straddles the border between art and science.

At the exhibition, among others, we can admire the works of Victor Vasarely, Béla Kondor, Lili Ország, László László Révész, while we can contemplate the infinity of space and humanity’s relationship with the cosmos through the filters of politics, science, philosophy or war. The pieces of the HUF 450 million exhibition were borrowed from the Hungarian National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Vasarely Museum in Budapest and Pécs, as well as numerous domestic private collections and galleries, supplemented by site-specific works by contemporary artists.

The exhibition is made up of photos, videos, video, light, sound and spatial installations, specially selected from the works of Hungarian artists. Ever since the world began, the stars have kept the thinking of societies of different ages in motion.

In ancient Mesopotamia, people considered flickering orbs of light to be a message from the Gods, but meanwhile in the 6th century BC, the Greek mathematician and philosopher Thales of Miletus, also known as the father of astronomy, was the first person to look for science in the sky instead of the supernatural. But more and more discoveries came in vain, and humanity came away from the conviction that instead of a huge but flat area floating in an ocean in the middle of the universe, the Earth is actually a planet that is spherical and revolves around the sun, and our galaxy is just a out of the many millions, each new crumb of information merely provided new breeding ground for art.

When the first men landed on the moon on June 16, 1969, this scientific milestone affected everything. For example, there is David Bowie’s album Space Oddity, whose title track is about Major Tom, who is floating in space above the blue planet, i.e. Earth. Vasarely’s picture is on the album cover, which is one of the reasons why we can find several pictures from the series at the m21 Galéria exhibition.

David Bowie – Space Oddity (Official Video)

At the exhibition, we can get a comprehensive picture of the space-themed works of Hungarian fine art, which means that you don’t need knowledge of atomic physics to take in what you see, because the exhibition affects our senses and makes you think, inviting you on a journey between art and science, reality and fiction. on the border.

In the middle of one of the unlit rooms, a sphere hangs from the ceiling, although it might as well be floating because of the darkness. They project onto it from four sides with projectors, so that a uniform image covers its surface. The title: Not enough yet. On the sphere, we have a view containing both moving and permanent elements, which the artist Lajos Csontó randomly collected from various corners of the Internet.

Not enough yet. You search uncertainly in the pitch black, the lights flashing here and there only make you uneasy, instead of showing the way. You want to end the hopeless situation, you want to escape, but you don’t know where to go. No matter how hard you try, no matter how much you search, you can’t see anything, you are forced to look inside yourself and see all the pictures you don’t want to see yet. After one step comes another, on…

– can be read next to the installation.

There are a lot of thought-provoking pictures, models and sculptures in the exhibition, there are works that require a deeper interpretation as well as witty ones. We can see works that are quite different in their style and wording, the only thing they have in common is that they are inspired by the infinite space. The rooms are thus filled with the volume of art.

You can also observe how external things influenced the artists who created in the past decades, if they drew their inspiration from outer space. The moon landing clearly echoes, but the impact of wars and the pressure of politics on space exploration also play a role in the exhibition, but even the stories echo.

The selection titled Garage Series by Gergely László and Péter Rákosi became my favorite at the exhibition. At the end of 2007, at the invitation of the Contemporary Art Institute of Dunaújváros, the artists began working on the largest garage complex in the settlement. Their project consisted of three parts:

  • First, they recorded as many garages as possible in order to learn about their uses, spaces, and diversity of interior design, where they came to the conclusion that these garages are places that serve as a refuge for men when they want to get away from the family for a bit, so the spaces are often they are private and secret.
  • In the second phase, they rented a garage, which they tried to incorporate in as many ways as possible, according to imagined identities and arbitrary uses. They announced a competition for their friends, filmmakers, visual artists, and advertising professionals to design garages for them. From these ideas, they eventually arranged the space in 12 different ways and took additional photos.
  • In the third phase, a Garage Festival was organized and organized, which took place in 2008 and 2009 within the framework of the Public Art program.

In one of the five pictures exhibited at the exhibition, the moon landing in the garage was imitated and then photographed, reflecting on the conspiracy theory that the iconic moment never happened.

One of the most exciting and spectacular elements of the exhibition is clearly the installation, which is the work of Lóránd Szécsényi-Nagy, Cosmic Frequencies. This work was created for this exhibition and explores and makes visible cosmic interactions that are not directly detectable by human perception.

The installation displays the signals of the data collected in the electric and magnetic fields around the stars by the Parker Solar Probe, which is still orbiting the sun, converted into sound.

Of course, the films will not be left out of the exhibition either, in the form of short projections, they will be placed on the wall of one of the rooms as a montage, because if we think of space, it is quite likely that we can list countless science fiction films.

It is definitely worth visiting the exhibition. If you are not from Pécs, or if you are from Pécs but haven’t ticked it off your bucket list, then it’s worth taking a tour of the Zsolnay District, where guided tours of the old Zsolnay factory are held every day from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m.

And because Space – Alternative cosmoses the exhibition can be visited and taken in within one and a half to two hours, so anyone who has not yet visited the district’s permanent exhibitions should at least include the Gugyi Collection in their program, which will make it clear to those who are not fans of the green tile roof why Zsolnay gained world fame .

(Cover photo: Tamás Kaszás / Index)

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