Vernissage: on August 14, 2020 at 7 pm.
Location: MyMuseum Gallery | 30/A Dohány utca, Budapest, 1074
Opening remarks by György Cséka, aesthete, critic
On view: 15 August – 13 September 2020 | Wed–Sat between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Curator: Veronika Laczai
Richard Kiss is a visual artist and photographer, who studied photography at METU Budapest. As our society and visual culture is changing rapidly, Kiss is using the means of new media to grasp the essence of the present’s saturated age. Since commencing his studies at university, his main focus has been to explore the changes triggered by the internet and its effect on contemporary art.
The accessibility of photography resulted in a flood of visual information online and an inconceivable amount of data. In his works, Kiss regularly strips away the original meaning of photos, transforming them into brand new artworks that can only be perceived on a different scale. His work is heavily based on creating specific algorithms that gather the desired data, which then can be turned into a form of interpretation.
As Jean Baudrillard argues in The Transparency of Evil, every act requires to be photographed, to be filmed or recorded, only to be a part of our collective memory and virtual eternity. Kiss tricks this artificial mnemotechnic by questioning the relationship between the spectator and artwork, the reason behind images, thus making the act of photography a subject of reflection. The displayed works aim to change our perspective radically by forcing us to face the myriads of images that are no longer recognisable in their original form, but generate something new, unique and unexpected.
The exhibition World Wide View consists of four autonomous artworks that complement each other in regard to their themes and take the visitor on a trip around the globe - and their collective consciousness.
Supporting partners: Studio of Young Photographers (FFS), Association of Hungarian Photographers, National Cultural Fund of Hungary (NKA), Vylyan Winery