György Galántai: Deep Water Symmetry (1985)
Like most of Galántai’s titles that are conceptual, poetical and ironic at the same time, Deep Water Symmetry is also hard to decipher at first, despite the fact that it formulates an unquestionable statement.
The object used in this work was originally a Russian military anchor used for mooring ships; Galántai found it in the Danube Iron Works. Figuratively speaking, the anchor is a symbol of hope and steadfastness, while in ancient Indian culture it was the sign of peace and messengers.
The emblematic soles, the signature element of Galántai sculptures, provide this found object with a kind of plinth, while their asymmetrical position relativise the symmetry stated by the title.
K51/pigsty attic/sound WALTER MARCHETTI - WATER MUSIC
Galántai gives the audience the chance to read the work at face value,
but leaves a sense of uncertainty in them too with the aim of arousing their curiosity and getting them to interact with it.
The body of this sound sculpture provokes action not only with its conceptual character but also with the interpretation of it as being an instrument.
The specific sounds made by the audience/performer and the accidentally generated non-musical sounds create a diverse, unique and open musical quality defying symmetry. (Emese Kürti)
See also: Zsuzsa László, Emese Kürti: “I’ve always been interested in information”. Anniversary interview with György Galántai (exindex in Hungarian)