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Mark Fridvalszki

Can We Feel it?

2021, installation

This archaeo-futurological metacollage is the result of a paradoxical strategy of excavating the past in search of the future. Can We Feel It? excavates the visual remnants of modernist visions and lost futures. It combines material from two distinct, but in many ways parallel, forward-looking periods: the heyday of "Popular Modernism" in the late 1960s and the period of the Rave Movement's struggle against the neoliberal invasion of the cultural and political imagination in the late 1980s. In the background of the cover of the book Innovation, Models for the Future (WWF, 1998) appear the Twipsy mascot of Expo 2000, a fragment from the graphics of the architecture collective Superstudio, a scanned image of the Earth from the Whole Earth Catalogue (1994), a patch of Ad Futura – Ad Inexplorata (Into the Future, Into the Unknown) by Mark Fridvalszki, an image of the Concorde launch, the redesigned page from the Macromedia Freehand clipart catalogue – computer applications for creating 2D vector graphics from 1995, an acid house fanzine from the 90s, a fragment of a newspaper article about ecstasy, the Love Decade flyer of the last "real" illegal acid house rave in the 80s, a poster of the Fehmarn Festival – one of the last hippie festivals of the 60s with the last performance of Hendrix, the Iskra Delta logo and many other references. Together they form an artistic tool for a spectro-political strategy that evokes the exiled ghosts of modernity and the repressed but still intense utopian impulses of the past, helping to break through the temporal claustrophobia of our presentist age.

Mark Fridvalszki (1981, Budapest, lives and works in Berlin) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2011 and was a postgraduate Meisterschüler student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig (2014 – 2017). Since 2014 Fridvalszki is the co-initiator and graphic editor of the publishing project and cross-disciplinary collective Technologie und das Unheimliche or T+U .

Mark Fridvalszki participated in various exhibitions and art events, such as Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin (2021), 12th Narracje Festival Gdańsk (2021), Kunstraum Lakeside Klagenfurt (2021), Liptovská Galéria P. M. Bohúňa (2021), Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaújváros (2020), Horizont Gallery Budapest (2019, 2020), TIC Gallery Brno (2020), Karlin Studios Prague (2019), Ludwig Museum Budapest (2019), Hungarian National Gallery (2019), Miart (2019), Paris Internationale (2018), Modem Debrecen (2018), D21 Kunstverein Leipzig (2018), Meetfactory Gallery Prague (2016), Trafó Gallery Budapest (2016), Vorspiel Transmediale Berlin 2016 (T+U, 2016), Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart (T+U, 2015), Kisterem Gallery (2015), Lehrter 17 Berlin (2015), and residency in Futura Prague (2019), Meetfactory (2015) among many others.