Monday, November 11, 2013

THOUGHT MACHINES 2013 (The Silver Lake in Vienna)

In November 2013 I am honored to be part of the exhibition THOUGHT MACHINES, organized by University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig and Royal College of Art in London.

   I am exhibiting my latest work which has a great importance for me as an artist and as a human being -
  The Silver Lake 2013


Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia

Maroš Baran, printmaking studio – Mr. R. Jančovič

     In February 2013 I have lost the most important person in my life. Violence of life strucked me 

to the core. In my mourning days I realized that the greatest thinking machine, above all art and life is 

Death itself. I cursed Death for many days, many weeks... but then I realized, that although my friend 

is not with me anymore physically, he is in my heart. Something, I used to read so much times in the 

books, but never really believed in it. Now I do.

     Death is always there, but love and hope as well. Below the surface animal skulls are lying, 

overgrown by flowers which never wilts. Shinning from below, showing beauty only after you begin „to 

care“. Without your outlaid power , it is just a fake water. 

     One shall find peace and silence, while looking for answers within questions, which have been 




Begrüßung : Gerald Bast, Rektor der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Zur Ausstellung: Jan Svenungsson, Leiter der Abteilung für Grafik und Druckgrafik
20. November 2013, 19:00
21. November 2013 - 13. Dezember 2013
Ausstellungszentrum Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Grashofgasse 3 oder Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010 Wien
What is a Thought Machine?
What does it have to do with printmaking?
Can prints be machines for thought?
What role do machines play in artistic creation?

Die Ausstellung THOUGHT MACHINES (Denkmaschinen) zeigt experimentelle Arbeiten junger KünstlerInnen der Angewandten, der Ungarischen Universität der bildenden Künste in Budapest, der Akademie für bildende Kunst und Design in Bratislava, der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig und dem Royal College of Art in London.

Jeremias Altmann / Hadas Auerbach / Maroš Baran / Weixin Chong / Renata Darabant / Maike Denker / Adrienn Dér / Benjamin Dittrich / Bartosz Dolhun / Jasmin Edelbrunner / Soňa Flajžíková / Péter Gallov / Alice Gauthier / Simon Goritschnig / Holly Graham / Julian Irlinger / Patrícia Jagicza / Lisa Lee / Jakub Lobotka / Kata Moravszki / Xenia Ostrovskaya / Hans-Jörg Pochmann / Philip Poppek / Meg Rahaim / Robert Schwark / James Cheen Fuen Seow / Lídia Takács / Pavol Truben / Péter Üveges / Réka Vidra / Sharon Whyte / Susan Winter

Katrin von Maltzahn, Leipzig:
In THOUGHT MACHINES students from five different schools and at least five different cultures are reflecting upon contemporary questions in the context of art.
The project itself is a tool for networking and for promoting continuing discussion.

Tibor Somorjai Kiss, Budapest:
The THOUGHT MACHINES project provides an opportunity for visual thinking that points beyond the boundaries of traditional graphics and facilitates the analysis of the printmaking process.

Joanna Stockham, London:
The opportunity for our students to take part in this collaborative exhibition presents a valuable learning situation, allowing them to see their work in an international context and understand differences and connections in approach both educationally and artistically.
Although our student body is already very international, the experience of thinking about how to transport your work and reassemble it in another place, and about how it functions outside the assumptions and habits of your homeland, is always challenging and stimulating.

Róbert Jančovič, Bratislava:
An idea is usually generated by some instrument. Subsequently the idea determines the means of its expression. I believe that the most powerful instrument, in this case, is the human brain. It is one of the most remarkable, the most complicated, interesting and intriguing instruments. This phenomenon provides us unlimited space. The advantages of this instrument can be used very well, but they also can be abused, and this freedom of choice is something that makes the project very interesting.
Speaking about the brain, we can draw an analogy to the universe, and thus it is possible to consider terms like infinity, mathematical accuracy, unexplainable, unpredictable, magical, etc. All these aspects can be part of this instrument, part of our essential being, without necessarily limiting the system. This project gives rise to Thought Machines, which in my opinion are utterly intriguing.

Jan Svenungsson, Vienna:
With this exhibition we wanted to create an interface and a platform for students, where they can try out new ideas and develop their art. The project is powered by the fact that all those involved, both the students and their teachers, share a love for and an involvement in the practice of printmaking. Thanks to Katrin von Maltzahn, who came up with such a great name for this project, we may have started a process, it seems to me, which hasn't just given birth to an exciting exhibition, but which may stake claims to new intellectual territory as well.

Zur Ausstellung erscheint ein Katalog:

Jan Svenungsson, ed.

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