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Tuning


2000, video installation, silent
version 3.0: three niches, version 2.0: two niches, version 1.0: one niche (site-specific)
back - projection screen, four blue walls; 225x300x120cm
Tuning 3.0: DVD 4'10", edition 3 + mastercopy

A number of blue niches next to each other, a person disappears into each one, into the blue-box background when adopting a certain position. The movements resemble that of living sculptures or take on the gestures of the theatre of movement or martial arts.


shown:

Media Factory, Pécs, 2004
Subjectiv Space, Konsumverein, Braunschweig, 2003
Tuning 3.0, U.F.F. Gallery, Budapest/Hungary, 1999
Fictive Reality, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, 2000
Out of Shape (version 2.0), Municipal Art Museum, Győr, 2000
Impulse (version 1.0), Protokoll Gallery, Cluj, 2000




Review


Sándor Hornyik
Műertő, Budapest, June 2000

Videospace Budapest

(...) Video as an artistic means of presentation by now looks back on a past of several decades, while our visual world shaped by video has become a determinig factor of our culture in the past ten years. (...) Video installation as a medium and the Out of Shape exhibition lead us to revise our expectations concerning images appearing on the screen. (...)

Hajnal Németh's Twice Good Night and Eike's Tuning are apparently successful re- and deformations, which, characteristically of installations, involve the surrounding space. In Twice Good Night, the image is projected on the convex backside of a parabola dish, while in Tuning, niches replace the screen. In line with the very nature of the genre of videoinstallation, the themes of the works are essentially topical: Németh's video exudes the air of music channels (pop music, techno images, slow camera movement, shocking cuts and shifts of sounds and images); while Eike juggles with merging real and virtual space (a living sculpture-like figure fading in the blue-box background). Gyula Várnai is up-to-date in another way: he focuses on the questions of epistemology. In the exhibition in Győr we can see one of his most popular works, The Shadow of the Moon. A wooden chair's shadow, formed of dominoes, remains invisible for the closed circuit camera. The philosophical duality of the objective and the subjecitve is being questioned here by way of replacing it with something else - in a very attractive way. (...)