(chance: only possible relative to something and beyond something)


14–27 October - Artpool P60 - Budapest Autumn Festival


A typical art trend of the late sixties and the seventies, called process art, was a mutant of minimal art and conceptual art with time predicated over a finished object. The next variant, known as add to art, differs from process art in two ways: on the one hand, it replaces the simultaneous process images, characteristic of process art, by images presented in the form of a discourse or modified through being added on, and on the other hand, it collectivises the creative process and operates with the element of chance.

Add on art is the result of tolerant and intelligent interactions open to information. The first question is what can continue, why and how. The answer to this question is an action which gives meaning to the cooperation of the participants in the form of a joint work. The multicultural products of add to art contain a lot of chance-like elements; moreover, it is sometimes barely distinguishable from chance art. The two names and the distinction is an occasional work hypothesis but it may become important in the development of a new approach to art.

Only with the element of evolutionary chance being present can anything with the potential of being continuable continue in a way that it retains this future potential. Continuability is quintessential in add to art; therefore, only information remains as its ‘end product’, i.e. no artwork in the conventional sense is produced. If, however, the relevant pieces of information in add to art are followed in a networked way, a multiple process art mutant can be perceived.

A chronological selection from the different types of add to art projects produced in the last twenty-five years:

Creativity - visuality film by Dóra Maurer (1975–77/88) [in Hungarian]

Homage to Vera Muhina story of a living sculpture (1980–)

Operation Round Trip by G.A. Cavellini (I) (1980)

Image in an image envelope-works (1981–86)

Art-Umbrella add-to-postcards by Hungarian artists (1981)

Substitutable Self-Portrait international project by Róbert Swierkiewicz (1981)

Cloud Museum international project by András Lengyel (1982) [in Hungarian]

Everybody with anybody rubber stamp event and exhibition (1982)

World Art Post international artistamp project by Artpool with 550 participants (1982)

Stamp+rubberstamp works by Hungarian artists

Buda Ray University a visual communication network (1982-)

ACTUAL FINE ART EVENT / Indigo group (1983) [in Hungarian]

Brain cell international project by Ryosuke Cohen (Japan) (1985)

Add-to-drawings of children done during the “Audio-visual and ellectronic being together” - a creativity training and exhibition with children.in the Newkapolcs Gallery (1992)

Electronic Communication Happening (1993) [in Hungarian]

22 Budapest fax-event of the Árnyékkötők group (1993)

Passivity excersise project by G. Galántai to the memory of Miklós Erdély (1994) [in Hungarian]

NETWORKER BRIDGE by G. Galántai, card images from international stamp images (1994)

Monument Square (transformation of the Budapest Millennary Square on postcards), international project (1997)

Opening event at the Ede day festival

Biker and walker concert

on October 14, starting with the noon bell sound between Hegedű street and Artpool P60