András Cséfalvay

Country ...................... Slovakia
City ............................. Bratislava
Category .................... Media Art, Video Art, Writing
Recommended by tranzit.org/ERSTE Stiftung
Period of stay ............ Nov 14

www.andrascsefalvay.com
András Cséfalvay, born in 1986, studied under prof. Daniel Fischer in the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava painting and conceptual art. After a year of studying mathematics, is a doctorate researcher at the AFAD Bratislava. In 2009 he has been awarded the Oskár Čepan Award for Young Visual Artists. He lives and works in Bratislava.

artist statement

In my earlier artist practice I have been seeking fusion of my interests in historical narratives, in musical and textual composition and their use as a contemporary art medium. I began my research of the metaphoric in this sense of merging and layering story fragments, text and music. Eventually I called them operas, since the resemblance in structure. My videos are usually based on a historic text and are accompanied with composed music. The scores would allow live performance even, or staging as a theater piece. I believed in commanding myself in all the roles, the designer, the composer, the playwright, the director and the actor.

Currently, during my doctorate research, I am trying to define modes of thinking, talking about artistic research. How artistic research can have results, can be transparent and open source for others to pick up the thread. Yet how artistic research should not become a slave to linear evaluation of grant ethics – something borrowed from natural sciences.  

In my artistic practice through stories (small, big, historic, sci-fi ) I simulate problems in current society. To demonstrate the above mentioned heterogenicity of artistic research - which is more like the work of the Explorer opposed to the scientist who works more like the Experimenter – I would like to create a piece about the birth of sciences as we know them, with all the experimental, mystic, religious branches that have been cut off by purists. My increasing interest in relationalist philosophy allows me to criticize strict categories of common science, monstorsities of administrative language or the nation state.

Projectinfo

During my stay in Vienna I propose to work and do research for a video/theatre
piece, create the skeleton, and later fill the piece with fragments of composed
music, text, film and or performance – a piece that can be produced and performed.
Working title: Curvatures – comprehension without explanation
(partial and work in progress, as it may after the short stay, but to bring it to a stage where it can be presented)

Documentation

The stay at MuseumsQuartier was a wonderful and enriching experience to me.  Had both the luxury of concentrating on my work – in a rather elegant and comfortable studio – and also had a culturally fascinating city right when I stepped out the door.
I was working mostly on preparing, writing the screenplay for my new video-opera, The New Horizons, which ideally will be shown somewhere early next summer in a theater in Bratislava. The work is about approaching Pluto with a spaceship and finding out, that it is a collection place for dead scientists. Also my dissertation, which I had been working on, deals a lot with the ambiguous relationship between science and arts.
Besides the obvious choices of touring the galleries, I was fascinated by the Museum of Natural History. I am very interested, you see, in the so-called medial image of science and art, and how they are presented to the wider audiences. I also had the chance to attend a lecture at the Vienna Circle Institute about Hermann Cohen’s philosophy of science.
The Vienna Art Week, was fine, but of course, as festivities go, they tend to be a bit more shiny. It was nice to have a studio visit also.
I also worked on a more text and music based project – and album – which should be coming out soon, The Environmental Urgencies and the Church.  I finished a song about thanksgiving, which though, I would attach.
To sum up, I really succeeded in concentrating on my work and had done a lot of reading, furthering my research. I will gladly and surely inform you about the opera.

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