Zsofia Keresztes + Jan Martinec—
Facing Enemies, Melting Opposites
opening: 21.2, 18:00
dates: 22. 2. - 15. 4. 2018
curator: Domenico de Chirico
In “Facing Enemies, Melting Opposites” the experience of fiction, understood as a representation operated by imagination and fantasy, seems to have much in common with the philosophical current to which it gives its name, namely that of fictionalism. In it, this concept assumes the practical-utilitarian value of wanting to believe that before certain abstract ideas or principles there is a correspondence with reality. This is why it is argued that fiction is not something totally different from reality but rather an echo, one of the forms through which the real shows itself. The term “fiction”, from lat. fictio-onis, in common language is used as a synonym of falsehood, lie, deceit, subterfuge, but in positive terms of a more creative mold it also refers to the activity of building, forming, structuring, processing and, moreover, thinking, imagining, supposing, inventing, inventing.
The artistic practice of Zsófia Keresztes exists somewhere in-between the representation of what actually happened and that which is possible. In this way it creates a reality effect through the use of four different interpretations of the concept of beauty and art in general: that of the sensualists, according to whom beauty coincides with the pleasant; that of the rationalists, who see it as coinciding with the truth; that of the formalists, who hold that it consists of formal relationships; and finally those who consider the beautiful as the sensible appearance of the idea. Moreover, the work of Keresztes, poised between virtual reality and paradigms of the concrete world, is generally based on mythological legends, metropolitan vicissitudes and the dynamics of consumerism and is characterised by an unmistakable imprinting of the dual matrix. In fact, this input has its roots in the current technological era without ever forgetting the organic aspect that sustains it and that is in a state of constant change as well as the incessant updates of operating systems and mobile applications.
In “Facing Enemies, Melting Opposites” the objects are arranged like a platoon of armed warriors inside the exhibition space. Their bodies can be interpreted as simulatenously enemies and allies, they self-demolish and consume themselves to then reinvent themselves with a cyclic rhythm that could metaphorically repeat itself to infinity. These adrogenous bodies are delineated by lines of fusion and crossed rotation of the virtual and of the real. All these elements together operate like acts of a ritual that help the spectators to transfigure into another�mental state and then be recreated in the digital space. “Facing Enemies, Melting Opposites” appears as a proscenium of human, animal or supernatural masks, whose purpose can be magical-ritual, warlike, entertainment, or simply aimed at camouflage. Nobody actually knows. Meanwhile, the barbarians as incarnations of passwords await at the door.
Domenico de Chirico.
How to stop watching a video that never ends
"Dear friends, colleagues, and citizens of the Internet:
We’re a young community and eager to win the future – not just disrupt some old irritating players, but actually win the future. In short, to succeed, we need a social dispute resolution mechanism that allows us to solve a situation where two of us disagree.
Different organisations have different ways of resolving this. They usually involve telling people what they cannot do, must do, may do and of course, voting. All of this is slowing a movement and lowering morale and energy. It just about sucks donkey balls.
We’re a dis-organization and what we are trying to build is a meta-community.
We don’t believe in voting for two reasons: first, there is no boundary on the electorate that determines who gets to vote, which creates winning by trickery rather than by argument, and second, we don’t want to vote anyway.
Voting is not fun, and people don’t follow when they don’t have fun. Fun attracts people, fun is a requirement for success.
Instead we believe in the freedom to follow, profit motivation, power of initiative. Genuine leadership. Genuine trust.
If we look at it from the military perspective, the tactic rules say: "the person who takes an initiative, tends to get it”. We learn from this and we proceed. We adapt and we overcome.
We keep in our minds that liberty is a side effect of profit. Therefore we create Liberty through profit motive. Everybody is free to follow. Everybody is also free to take no action at all.
The future will be won, the liberty we create was never possible before."
Chief Executive Officer"*
*Text based on Rick Falvinge’s 'letter from the CEO’, compiled by Jan Martinec.
opening: 21.2, 18:00
dates: 22. 2. - 15. 4. 2018
curator: Caroline Krzyszton