FLUID_LIKE_A_GEL 2018 // BRNO

Multi channel video installation at Galerie 209, Brno

The collection of last year’s 3D animations’ interpretation field is floating around a metaphorical social suicide placed in a viewport. The contradiction between a malfunctioning virtual entity and its nondestructive surrounding (software) plays an important role in decoding the artwork unfolding through the stages of

1) creation of a parasite self through its delusive enbodyment;

2) fake duality; and finally

3) fragmentation as its disappearance. Each video was made with a handheld camera, recording the monitor screen during the running simulation in graphics software.

Demolish Nimova

Stress may manifest in a schizophrenic cerebration caused by difficulty in decision-making if the self is not flexible or assertive enough.

This malfunction provokes a meta-existence: an additional illegitimate layer, a persona, to the core personality. This additional layer, let us call it a parasite, coexists with the ‘original’ self – but only as a hologram.

In my case, this parasite, the artistic alter-ego or persona is a mix of a hardly definable socio-political pressure on an artist living in Budapest’s art scene in the 2010s and of self-design in the sense Boris Groys uses the term.

The creation and use of this hologram-type, intruder persona as an artistic practise calls for a fresh look from the very beginning: a new, more conceptual perspective. It offers a comfortable position – invisibility or rather, moral independence – for the author by temporarily overshadowing the core character.

It works as an act of social suicide at the beginning, but after a while, it legitimates, more or less, its (co)existence or parazitism. When this legitimation process is completed, the tension between the two selves is absorbed, and this additional layer, which also had the function of a shield before, is no longer an intruder – it becomes a brandname (Nimova) and officially divides the artist into two legitimate parts. At this very moment a balance is established, an equality between the two selves (Nimova Projeckt functions a synonym for Veronika Romhány and vice verse). At the same time, this legitimation requires apperception as well as acceptance from the original self. When this process is complete, schizofrenic cerebration loses its helping function, and disappears as a result of internalization. With that the parasite layer starts to liquidate itself unconsciously. Only the name remains.

The installation in the darkened gallery space is a video collage – with several tvs and beamers placed and sticked closely next to each other on the wall. In these videos – the virtual space i.e. the software’s viewport – behaves more or less as a prison from the narrator’s point of view. All of the videos aim to draw up a struggle: a struggle of a fictive, only virtually existing personality. All the scenes play around with repetition, disillusion, catatonia and fear.

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