The Worker of the Month, 2016 // BUDAPEST

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collection of idols // Nimova Projeckt No. 1

 

Project Period: 2013—-2016

…I remember the huge amount of freedom I felt as well as the excitement when I stepped into the game of creating a fictive personality.  A possibility to escape from expectations, pressure, and networking for a while. To find a heterotopic place as an identity where no textualization needed, no description of an art piece to being legitimate needed to be written (for a while). Well, how to remain an outsider (or independent) let’s call more underground if the professional art scene requires an in-melting process? How to get published still if no contacts collected; consciously no network built? To be/remain/become an outsider is a contradictional position. But as always in the periphery, a lot of interesting, forgotten, or left-over things can be discovered.

So why a Russian outsider artist?  Why the name Nimova. This bald, antipathetic, grim portrait with a bleeding tie. With an earring on the left. Black suit, white male, xenophobia. A subjective assemblage of stereotypes. A visual cocktail called limited-thinking. He is The Worker of The Month. A person – who is in general – an opportunist and if it’s needed: cruel. Where is his melted hearth? Hidden under his fake-ceramic skin painted to black. He is an imagination of a woman (yes, definitely, from any point of view). An Idol of a wished male. And the context is only given by a Russian name with more or less defined obsession: outsider artist(a) with a sadly romantic face. An unknown lady with chic somewhere in Middle-Eastern Europe.

 

 

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Reshaping.vs.luddism.superfluous; Dedusting the Worker of The Month from 2k16 // 2018

 

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top view during the realization of the 3D animation scene – based on the original plasticine figurines from 2k13 // 2016

 

‘Nimova’ as a quibble  — really simply; from Veronika/il nome/NOVE/ova. Nothing special behind – at least a new name as rebirth in a virtual way. Or a symbol of the ritual how a sensitive and paranoid mind can split in two.

Also a reaction or joke with the phobia in Hungarian politics (before it’s about-turn) of Russia. Veronika Romhány (myself) was always a big fan of Russian literature and the classical avant-garde movements in the 20th Russia. In 2013 at the time of the birth of Nimova (later Nimova Projeckt) it was only a tiny odor in this Name&Identity choice and Romhány herself did not even guess that the term of Russian influence in politics and the economy will play a more and more important role in Hungarian government’s decisions. How tricky life is. This is the last thing Veronika would count with. 

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—I wrote several free-poem like texts for months to imagine this fictive personality when I started to work on Nimova. I mixed personal experiences with imagination altering it
To get the result of this character.

The video is a self-narration by repeating these stories from his childhood, and memories from his adult/present life. I used this narration technique as the practice like during a therapeutic session –

 

fragmented stories have important information according to the topic they describe – the vocabulary they use: they are puzzles or codes hidden by the narrator more or less unconsciously.

 

 

 

“With this symbolic act, the Nimova Project focuses on different kinds of manifestations of the authoritarian personality in order to research how power, shame, and greed can deeply influence the self. It targets the complexity of the existential and financial pressure placed on a person, and how this can alter their behavior and even their personality. Various technologies, such as video, 3D animation, and sculpture may be used to condense this phenomenon into a form of visual expression.” —-> Agosto Foundation Residency 2018

The phenomenon (or only the theory) of the –> flexible personality

is also a sympathetic topic for the Nimova Project (as well as a kind of opportunism) and it is the starting point for further research —-> THICK SKIN

 

other older versions:

 

//// the Kukluxes —– illusztracio

The idea simply grew out from the Kinder-phenomena. Originally, these small toy series by Kinder address to represent a different kind of anthropomorphic, animal species for children, describing professions/habits from the exciting (adult) world. As every game, they try to give essential knowledge to practice (play) to the kids helping them to fit in. How nice.

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