STATE OF IMAGES / Budapest events
16 October 2012 – 6 January 2013

Event series organized by C³ Foundation

The STATE OF IMAGES exhibition initiated by Siegfried Zielinski (Universität der Künste, Berlin) has been presented at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin and ZKM, Karlsruhe. The event series in Budapest presents the most important elements of the project at several venues with the cooperation of numerous institutions.

The path of the two artists Gábor Bódy (1946–1985) and Zbigniew Rybczyński (born in 1949, Wrocław) have never crossed. Their meeting was made possible by this prodigious exhibition presenting the oeuvres of the two artists in the context of each other’s work. The common elements of their oeuvre are the innovative, experimental attitude, commitment to visual research and unconventional approach to the nature of images. Rybczyński writes: I feel that the current intellectual and technological state of the image can be compared to the state of writing before the invention of the printing press. (The Treatise on the Visual Image, 1.2.6.) According to Bódy The image is not a sign, or even an object. It is a process allied to meaning. (Infinite Image and Reflection) Their works are characterized by this cognitive attitude, which already brought them international success at the time of creation, and when rewatching their films and videos today, makes us recognize not only the pioneer role of their work but also the masterpieces that have stood the test of time.

Curators of STATE OF IMAGES: Piotr Krajewski (WRO Art Center, Wrocław) and Miklós Peternák (C³ Foundation, Budapest)
Contributors: Gosia Sobolewska, Éva Kozma, Malgorzata Gawlik
From the cooperating institutions:
Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Johannes Odenthal, Kerstin Diekmann, Daniela Obkircher
Collegium Hungaricum Berlin / János Can Togay, Kata Krasznahorkai
Polish Institute Berlin / Tomasz Dabrowski
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe / Peter Weibel, Bernhard Serexhe

STATE OF IMAGES events in chronological order:

16–18 October – The Doctoral Programme of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts (1063 Budapest, Bajza u. 30.)
Zbigniew Rybczyński workshop / master course

18 October, Thursday, 6 pm - Toldi cinema (1054 Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 36-38.)
Screening in the organization of the Polish Institute in Budapest: movies and videos of Zbigniew Rybczyński and Dorota Zgłobicka’s documentary about the visual technologies studios coming to life in Wrocław based on the ideas of Rybczyński (“Studio ideale”).

Imagine, HDTV, music by John Lennon, 1987, 4’30”; Oj! Nie moge sie zatrzymac! [Oh! I Can't Stop!], Se-Ma-For, Poland, 1975, 9‘56”; Weg zum Nachbarn (für Kurz_lmtage Oberhausen), Se-Ma-For, Poland, 1976, 2’30”; Nowa Ksiazka [New Book], 35mm short, Se-Ma-For, Poland, 1975, 10‘26”; My Window, 35mm, Signal Film, Vienna, Austria, 1979, 2’26”; Swieto [Holiday], 35mm, Se-Ma-For, Poland, 1976, 9‘38”; Kwadrat, 35mm, PWSFTviT Łódz, Poland, 1972, 4’44”; Tango, 35mm, Poland, 1980, 8‘14”; Media, 35mm, Se-Ma-For, Poland, 1980, 1’36”; Steps,video/35mm, Zbig Vision, KCTA-TV(PBS), Channel Four, 1987, 26‘; project Wrocław Visual Technology Studios/Dorota Zgłobicka, 2011, 23’16”

19 October, Friday, 6 pm – Vasarely Museum (1033 Budapest, Szentlélek tér 6.)
Exhibition opening: STATE OF IMAGES – Zbigniew Rybczyński, in the frame of the CHANCE AS STRATEGY exhibition, organized by Open Structures Art Society (OSAS)
The opening is followed by Zbigniew Rybczyński’s guided tour (in English).
The exhibition is open from 20 October 2012 until 6 January 2013 (Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 5.30 pm)

The exhibition presents an extensive part of the Oscar winner Polish film director, artist, experimental and animation filmmaker, Zbigniew Rybczyński ’s drawings, project plans and video works. The exhibition is part of the CHANCE AS STRATEGY show presented by Open Structures Art Society (OSAS) and Dóra Maurer. The goal of this project is to present the immense opportunity of the use of coincidence in the constructive efforts of the visual arts of our days. The starting point of aleatoric arts that clarifies and adopts coincidence – similar to the scientific reasoning of the 20th century – is the realization that coincidence is an essential part of the artwork.

25 October, Thursday – Uránia National Cinema Palace (1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 21.)
Hungarian premiers:

3 pm
Gábor Bódy: Video Works (PAL DVD, full playtime: 138’)

On the occasion of the STATE OF IMAGES exhibitions C³ Foundation has published a DVD subtitled in three languages, including Gábor Bódy’s all video works made abroad – up to now more or less inaccessible in Hungary. The DVD is presented in Hungary for the first time.

Part I. (77')
Conversation between East and West [Gespräche zwischen Ost und West] (co-author: Marcel Odenbach), 1978, 3'
The Demon in Berlin [Der Dämon in Berlin], 1982, 28’
Either / Or in Chinatown, 1984, 37'
De occulta philosophia, 1984, 3'
Dancing Eurynome, 1985, 3'
Novalis: Walzer, 1985, 3'

Part II. (61')
The Hostage [Die Geisel], 1982, 22'
Siblings [Die Geschwister], 1982, 27'
Theory of Cosmetics, 1984, 12'
© the heirs of Gábor Bódy

5 pm
Gábor Bódy: Psyché (35 mm, Hunnia Stúdió, MTV, 1980) 261'
The premier of the digitally restored, three-part version

The full 261 minutes, three-part version of the movie, after its birth was locked in a box for ten years. The one and only film positive disappeared. It was presented by the Hungarian television only on 28 December 1990. The digital restoration was made from this copy in the Hungarian National Digital Archive and Film Institute in 2011. The digital restoration could be completed as a result of the STATE OF IMAGES exhibition presented at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
The digital restoration was carried out by Magyar Filmlabor Kft. from the original negatives and dub negatives.
Da Vinci Telecine lighting: István Hildebrand cameraman, László Kovács colorist.
Digital sound restoration: László Pethő sound engineer.
The project manager of the restoration: Eszter Fazekas.

26 October, Friday, 6 pm – Labor Gallery (1053 Budapest, Képíró u. 6.)
Exhibition opening: STATE OF IMAGES – Gábor Bódy The exhibition is open from 27 October until 16 November 2012 (Tuesday–Friday, 2 – 8 pm)

In the Labor Gallery visitors can meet with the mini-retrospective show of the Bódy-oeuvre; they can discover almost the entire cinematographic work of Bódy with the help of images, documents, movies and videos accessible on the spot.

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Pictures of the exhibition and opening at Vasarely Museum, Budapest | photo © C3

Pictures of the exhibition at Labor, Budapest | photo © C3

Recommended pages:

Zbigniew Rybczyński, On Visual Imageński-traktat-o-obrazie/

Zbigniew Rybczyński & Wrocław Visual Technology Studiosński

PIOTR ZAWOJSKI: A Gloss on „A Treatise on the Visual Image” by Zbigniew Rybczyński Text published in: Zbigniew Rybczyński, A Treatise on the Visual Image. Eds.: Halina Oszmiańska, Anna Gapińska. Art Stations Foundation. Poznań 2009.ński/!news

About Gábor Bódy

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