After the Age of Technical Reproduction
A Media Art Exhibition organised by the C3 Foundation
Millennium Park, Hall D 30 October – 30 November 2003
The media art exhibition realised as a collaborative presentation of the C3 Foundation and the Millennium Park, focused around one of the key factors in the 20th century´s paradigm shift in the arts: Walter Benjamin´s concept of the aura, provides a survey on the current state of art employing digital technologies both in today´s Hungary as well as in more distant countries, and on the nature of the changes brought on since the end of the classical age of technical reproduction by digital information and communication.
The concept of the aura was defined by Walter Benjamin as: "the unique phenomenon of a distance, however close it may be." This formulation continues to inspire, and to stimulate interpretation, because it calls our attention to the clear difference between works created through classical media on the one hand, and technical media on the other: while the former always exists somewhere as an original, works created through new media can have multiple identical versions; they have no original in the traditional sense. In the digital age, this situation has changed once again. Since concepts of time and space are different, so is the notion of the aura.
During the planning stages of the exhibition, we asked the artists to reflect upon the mode of existence of the mediated art object, upon the here and now, or on the contrary, to question the validity of this concept with their artworks.
Gábor Altorjay / Tomàs Dokoupil, Gábor Bakos, Balázs Beöthy, Luc Courchesne, Gyula Domián, Róza El-Hassan, Péter Forgács, Ferenc Gróf, Gábor Győrfi, Fanni Herczeg, Szabolcs KissPál, Tamás Komoróczky, Róbert Langh, George Legrady, Satoko Moroi/Ryoji Shibata Hajnal Németh, András Ravasz, László László Révész, Andrea Schneemeier/Christopher Musgrave, Szilvia Seres, János Sugár, Tamás StAuby, Ádám Szabó, Tamás Szakál, Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák/Márton Fernezelyi, Anikó Szövényi, Szilvia Tóth/Gáspár Benedek, Júlia Vécsei/Adrián Kupcsik
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's new interactive installation, Amodal Suspension, presented in the new Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM, Japan) between 1-24 November, will be online at the AURA exhibition via special "access pod", so that visitors in Budapest can also participate in the collaborative work in Yamaguchi.
The exhibition will be opened by Sándor Radnóti at 6 p.m. on 30 October 2003
Staff for the event series on the part of C3:
Concept, selection, organisation: Nikolett Erõss, Miklós Peternák
Publications, coordination, editing: Andrea Szekeres
Director of technical production: Márton Fernezelyi
Web development: Gusztáv Nikázy
International Relations: Adele Eisenstein
Public Relations: VIVO Foundation
Budapest Autumn Festival
17 October - 2 November 2003
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