ALTERUM FOUR PARALLEL EXHIBITIONS IN BELGRADE, BUDAPEST, KOŠICE, AND PRAGUE
The ALTERUM project focuses on non-profit, artist-run galleries as increasingly important platforms in the context of contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. These independent initiatives have a recreational role in the cultural institutional system as they are built on experiment and flexible structures working together with young, emerging artists and curators.
The ALTERUM project focuses on non-profit, artist-run galleries as increasingly important platforms in the context of contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. These independent initiatives have a recreational role in the cultural institutional system as they are built on experiment and flexible structures working together with young, emerging artists and curators. What is lacking is a network, reliant on our own positions, values and aims, which doesn’t put itself in opposition to the centre, or compares itself to the West. Instead, it creates a horizontal network. Collaborations between these actors and research of the different local contexts are necessary in order to seek matching points through our specificities and be able to think about our future possibilities together. The ALTERUM project is based on the long-term, reciprocal dialogue of four artist-run spaces: U10 from Belgrade, MŰTŐ from Budapest, VUNU from Košice and 35M2 from Prague.
Flowers and Monsters
by VUNU in Košice
Non-essential things are gone. Just what you're focused on is visible. And the form of objects is constantly changing. Let the brain do the job. Trip him up. Focus on colour fields. You see that kaleidoscope flower? There ain’t no abstract expressionism, no futurism, no cubism. There ain’t no Rothko, no Severini, no Picasso. Only flowers and monsters. You decide which of them will show up.
Curator: Nikolas Bernáth
Exhibiting artists: Nikolett Balázs (HU), Tomáš Bryscejn (CZ), Kanrec Sakul (SK), Tamara Spalajković (RS)
Venue: pop-up space of East Slovak Gallery, Alžbetina 22, Košice, Slovakia
Please, Mind the Gap!
by MŰTŐ in Budapest
Transitions between stages are usually conceptualized as temporary experiences, more often than not, we are able to recognize the changes only after they’ve occurred. But now, the gaps in continuity are becoming more prominent and prolonged, so we detect these transitional periods at their final stage, as Fukuyama describes. The global crises, such as climate change or the pandemic, the unstoppable development of technical tools and digital platforms, force us to adapt to these unfamiliar situations without pause. It seems that we are continually stuck in a pattern of transition, which inspires feelings of helplessness. The uncertainty of the future generates frustration, which can’t be healed using the well-known tools and traditions of the past. Leaving our comfort zone used to be a necessary, sometimes difficult aspect of change. At our present, it’s a basic condition.
Curators: Lili Agg, Zsófia Kókai
Exhibiting artists: Jakub Choma, Nina Galić, Kata M. Kállai, Dominik Styk, Michaela Švédová, Marie Vařeková
Venue: MŰTŐ, Budapest
on the generative nobody and brooding nothing
by U10 in Belgrade
Misleading projectiles, on generative nobody and speculative nothing: attempts to point out to the procedural conceptualization within the battlefields in the interspaces of the local / global and (post-pandemic) 'ballistic' world of art, focusing on the aftermaths of isolation and regional ‘bloc’ divisions, of our ever-fathoming Eastern European contextual grids.
Curator: Darko Vukic
Exhibiting artists: Pavle Banović (RS), Máté Előd Janky (HU), Inka Karčáková (SK), Alex Selmeci & Tomáš Kocka Jusko (SK), Šimon Sýkora (CZ), Max Vajt (CZ), Ádám Varga (HU), Vanja Žunić (RS)
Exhibition organization team: Iva Kuzmanović (RS), Sanda Kalebić (RS)
Venue: U10 Art Space, 3 Kosovke devojke street, Belgrade
by 35M2 in Prague
The core of the 35M2’s project ‘Traveling Gallery’ is to build a model of a gallery as a playground for site-specific interventions for artists from Prague, Košice, Budapest and Belgrade. This little gallery travels throughout cities and artists by postal service and turns back to the sender. The idea reflects on the times of the pandemic, when the permeability of national borders becomes uncertain.
Curators: František Fekete (CZ), Lexa Peroutka (CZ) and Tereza Záchová (CZ)
Intervening/exhibiting artists: Lukáš Čerňák (SK), Luka Cvetkovic (RS), Alexandra Saša Jeremic (RS), Ádám Takács (HU), Tünde Mézes (HU)
Architect of the travelling gallery: Viktor Kákoš (CZ)