“FIRED BUT UNEXPLODED”: A PROVOKING VIDEO INSTALLATION (AT CAP KUWAIT) TO PROCESS THE BRUTAL TRAUMAS OF THE LATE CENTURIES

 FIRED BUT UNEXPLODED (Invitation)

Under the patronage of the Hungarian Ambassador in Kuwait Ferenc Csillag, Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) in collaboration with Art Moments and Hybrid art, Hungary, is proud to present the video installation of the Hungarian artist Zsolt Asztalos, ”Fired But Unexploded”, exhibited recently at the Hungarian Pavilion in the 55th international exhibition, Venice Biennale 2013.

The installation comprises sixteen videos, each presenting an unexploded projectile found in Hungary. The vision of the destructive weapons, which hover in a homogeneous, indefinite space, is complemented with the sounds of the world around them, and thus the films open the way to new narratives.

Each bomb has its own story. Which is essentially one of two kinds. Bombs may explode and thus fulfill their role as objects made specifically for the purpose of destruction, and then enter history books and the personal histories that families maintain. Zsolt Asztalos Hold, in his turn looks into the other possible story in his installation, the story of the malfunctioning device (unexploded bomb) as it leaves behind its original function, assumes a life of its own, starts writing a narrative, becomes a director of our lives through the contingency it introduces. It stays with us humans as it generates and symbolizes conflicts among us.

It is an object of mercy, a threat, or a memorial. In HOLD’s work, unexploded bombs are revealed to have several functions and fields of interpretation. Floating in an indeterminable space, the bombs seem to exist, thanks to the sound effects that surround them, in a matrix defined by the continuous interaction of the past and the recent past, the present and the future.

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Zsolt Asztalos HOLD’s objects trouvés are multiple representations of conflict situations, open to simultaneous interpretations on personal, local, regional and global levels. This brave and thought-provoking installation belongs to the praxis of visual art that has been instrumental, through research and exhibition, in processing the brutal traumas of the late 20th and 21st centuries.

The website *Fired but Unexploded* http://www.fired-but-unexploded.com is an integral part of the installation: it not only provides further information on the exhibition, but also aims to create a worldwide map of conflicts with its interactive interface. An application available for all smartphone platforms will guide visitors through the exhibition and will provide more information for those who want to further immerse themselves. This Exhibition is part of Zenith Art Exchange program between Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait, and Art Moments, Hungary.

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*FIRED BUT UNEXPLODED*, organized by Contemporary Art Platform. VIDEO INSTALLATION BY ZSOLT ASZTALOS HOLD, Exhibition of Hungarian Pavilion, The 55th Venice Biennale, *Exhibition Dates: 12/12/2013  – 11/1/2014, Contemporary Art Platform (The Art Room*). CAP Kuwait.

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FUERTEVENTURA (CANARY ISLANDS) / THAT BLUE AND ABSTRACT SEA: MORE IMAGES FROM THE WASTE CONTAINER…

 

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More random (and not manipulated) images from Fuerteventura, (Canary Islands, Spain). I usually capture and document my “Lacer/actions” – images of torn and decomposed posters or cracks – wherever I travel. However, something I found in Morro Jable town (a nice city of “Peninsula de  Jandia”, in the South) captivated my attention. In Plaza don Carlos, near Riu Hotel, there stood a platform of bins to separate waste collection. The outside of a blue container designated for paper showed strange cracks with shapes and signs. Most compelling, though, were the incredible, blue-based scenes created from varied layers of paper residual, crevices, rusts, dusts, sand, cuts. I’m pleased to present some more abstract (and conceptual) images I took around the blue container…

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Roberto Alborghetti / Seascape stories from cracks of an “art installation” (but it’s a waste-container)

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SIGNS OF A CITY : AN UNUSUAL (AND PUBLIC) “ART INSTALLATION” IN THE VERY HEART OF AMSTERDAM…

I usually catch my “Lacer/actions” – Images Of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters and Urban Tokens – in the most strange places of the world. But what I recently saw in Amsterdam city centre is really interesting. Near the Royal Palace and Magna Plaza Shopping Center, there was a big iron container in which workers were putting every sort of materials (they were renewing the tram railway). Roberto Alborghetti Laceractions Amsterdam II (7)

On the big container sides I saw an incredible series of signs, shapes and colors created and originated by weather conditions (rain, sun, humidity, frost…) and by wear (and tear) of time. I show here a very little selection of the images series I took around the big container. I like to repeat that all my “Lacer/actions” works are realistic, natural and not manipulated pictures. So enjoy a natural and unusual “Art installation” in the very heart of Amsterdam City.

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FUERTEVENTURA, ART ON THE ROADS: ROUNDABOUTS AS GALLERIES

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ROUNDABOUTS AS GALLERIES – FUERTEVENTURA 2012 – Phots by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – CAMINOS

In Fuerteventura local government and municipalities had a good idea. They have displayed beautiful and interesting sculptures at the most important roundabouts. So, while you’re driving along the main roads you have the pleasure to admire art installations which invite you to stop… It’s a sort of permanent gallery showing nice contemporary art made by local or international sculptors.

I saw fascinating pieces. But I was really struck by  “Caminos” made in 2007 by cuban artist Lisbet Fernandez Ramos and located at a roundabout at the entrance of Morro Jable town (Pajara municipality).

The artist created two different groups of kids who are scanning the sky (or the future…) It’s a really impressive scene that invites to slow down and think… And this is another surprise coming from Fuerteventura, wild and fascinating island.

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A MODERN ART INSTALLATION? NO, IT’S ONLY A DISFIGURED TRAFFIC SIGN IN ROME…

 

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During a recent visit to Rome I was captured by a sort of “open air art installation” which showed a stunning colors palette… Really incredible colors and abstract for my “Lacer/actions” research about torn posters and urban signs.

As you may see now, that “thing” where I took my images from ( see my previous post: Pure abstract in Rome from an astonishing open air art installation ) was a disfigured traffic sign. It was located in Rome centre, along Via Cavour.

When I saw it, I was really struck by the way rain, sun, pollution, flyers, glue, paper residuals, spray paint , stickers and even some chewing gums grasped at it. It seemed that everything and everyone – intentionally or carelessly –  attacked it ruthlessly…

Yes, that defaced traffic sign may be considered as an example of urban vandalism, a proof of the urban degrade or a sign of some human uneasiness (and the fact that passers-by didn’t noticed it at all, confirms my thoughts). Anyway, it was a rare expression of a big City life. So, enjoy some other images from this spontaneous and public art installation in which it’s possible to trace colors and shapes reminding us some modern art streams and artists… They are natural, realistic and not manipulated images (as all the 40.000 pics I took so far for my project). Sorry, but I like to “unmask” contemporary art…. 

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UNA “INSTALLAZIONE” DI ARTE MODERNA? NO, E’ SOLO UN SEGNALE STRADALE DETURPATO… 

Ecco l’incredibile “cosa” da cui ho realizzato la serie di immagini astratte per il mio progetto “Lacer/azioni”. E’ un segnale stradale deturpato, che ho scoperto nel pieno centro di Roma. Tutto e tutti  vi si sono accaniti – sole, pioggia, smog, spray, carte e perfino cicche di gomma americana – fino a trasformarne i contenuti e la sua ragione di essere. Sicuramente è lo specchio di una città. Si potrà anche dire che è il segno del degrado urbano e dei vandalismi. E’ comunque il riflesso di uno stato (e magari di un disagio). Ed è sicuramente una  incredibile ed anomala installazione fatta di immagini casuali di puro stile astratto.

PURE ABSTRACT IN ROME FROM AN ASTONISHING OPEN AIR “ART INSTALLATION” (COMIN’SOON: WHERE I TOOK THE IMAGES FROM…)

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Rome is a surprising city also for my Lacer/actions project concerning torn posters and urban signs… I’ve already posted about the colourful and random “UNDERGROUND POP ART” AT TIBURTINA SUBWAY STATION .

During another recent rush-visit to the Italian Capital, I was captured by a sort of “open air art installation” which showed a stunning colors palette… Really incredible colors flowing from the City of Art and History.

It was a pure abstract mashed-up, located in the centre of Rome, exactly along Via Cavour. Together with AMSTERDAM “ART INSTALLATION” NEAR THE ROYAL PALACE, I think it was one of the most incredible things I had the way to document in these months. So, enjoy some images. Realistic images, not manipulated or digitally enhanced, as all my 40.000 pics I “captured” so far during my research…  In the next days I will reveal where they come from…   

 

ROMA: ASTRATTO PURO DA UN’INCREDIBILE “INSTALLAZIONE” ALL’ARIA APERTA

Roma è una città sorprendente anche per quanto concerne il mio progetto “Lacer/aazioni”  relativo alla (pubbli)città strappata ed ai segni metropolitani. Ho già postato sulla curiosa “pop art” presso la stazione della metropolitana di Tiburtina. Ora ecco altre immagini che ho colto su una sorta di incredibile installazione che ho visto in pieno centro. Sono immagini di puro stile astratto, con incredibile colori che sembrano sgorgare dalla Città dell’Arte e della Storia. Intanto…buona visione; nei prossimi giorni rivelerò da dove le ho “catturate”….