K55 – AAS (Alternative Art Space) project of Artpool Art Research Center

24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 July, 01 August 2010

23 July, opening event 5:46PM-6:45PM

20 = 2+0 = 2

telematic installation by György Galántai

What does telematic mean?

The word "telematics", which I actually did not coin, for me means that by bringing up close, above all bringing other people up close, interactive fields open up that cannot be mechanised. (Vilém Flusser)

What is an installation?

The installation as a work of art signifies the openness, alterability and disassemblability of a work, i.e. it is able to reconcile life and art by rising above the categories of art that used to be regarded as stable.

FLUX FILM (Kapolcs smoke film)

What is Flux, or Fluxus?

Fluxus is a relatively new worldview, the essence of which is that art and reality are not seen as two distinctive but rather as exchangeable worlds. In other words, in the Fluxus approach reality is seen as art and “non-art” art. Fluxus owed its growing popularity to historically being relatable to the already existing surrealist art. Now, at the beginning of the third millennium, in the struggle to defeat our profound fears of the world’s dramatic “surreal” transformation Fluxus, providing an understanding of reality-art could help in a significant way and even be regarded as a cure for humanity.

What is a Fluxus film?

The main characteristic feature of a Fluxus film is that it is maximally subject to the whims of fate, i.e. it is not designed at all. It comes into being like the wind, the rain, spring, etc. It suddenly is. A Fluxus film is therefore spontaneous and intuitive but linked to a situation, and it is also accidental. Only a Fluxus film can be truly free and determined at the same time because it is uncut from beginning to end. To adopt an old film term, it is raw material that is not spoilt by cuts.

What is Kapolcs smoke?

The foliage of last autumn gone up in smoke this year. (2010)


What is the bit?

Since ancient times the most generally used and most economical fodder for horses has been oats. Feeding horses with oats fires them up. However, the bit put in their mouths puts a break on them. The bit is therefore one of the means of communication between horse and rider. This tool is as old as the brake. It was some three thousand years ago that the bits were first made, first from bronze and then from iron.

What is the sole?

(3) "My Hungarian sole and/or our Hungarian soles." (György Galántai)
(2) "On your feet Hungarian Avant-garde" (Endre Tót)
(1) "On your feet Magyar, the homeland calls." (Sándor Petőfi)

What is the soleprison?

Walking and getting about without soles, i.e. feet, is awkward. For this reason the shape of a sole can be regarded as a symbolic basic form of human existence and – in the metaphoric space of a poet’s (man’s) freedom – in the flow of information – the sign of communication. Ben Vautier’s sock inscription about freedom expressed with feet goes like this: “I go where I want...”. The "soleprison" – the prison of freedom – expresses the possibility of the will in relation to itself that I also have the freedom not to want to be free. An example of this is when Fluxus artist Endre Tót was walking in the street in London holding a big sign saying “I’m going nowhere”, etc.

What is the "bit in the soleprison"?

The title of György Galántai’s unknown iron sculpture
made in Dunaújváros in 1979.

What does a bit in a soleprison mean?

Slavery in the prison of freedom. The slavery of being harnessed in the freedom of prison. A peculiar contradiction. Shall we be free or slaves? I am free to choose what is allowed, because here and now “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.” (George Orwell).

20 = 2+0 = 2

telematic installation by György Galántai

K55 – AAS (Alternative Art Space) project of Artpool Art Research Center

24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 July, 01 August 2010