Exhibition


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ISOLATOR

ISOLATOR is a group exhibition without the participation of a curator, where the exhibitors are the most important representatives of the mid-generation of internationally renowned Hungarian artists, who took part in the most prestigious international art exhibitions such as the documenta in Kassel or the Istanbul Biennial. Their joint project, Isolator explores the state of active inner isolation. The installations presented in the framework of the show work independently and detached from each other reflecting the rhizomatic structure and the grassroots character of the OFF-Biennále Budapest.

Science fiction pioneer Hugo Gernsback was not simply the founder of Amazing Stories, the first science fiction periodical, but he was also a prolific inventor and futurist who regaled past generations with strange visions of automatic killing-machines and computer-mandated marriage examinations. His most famous invention, The Isolator is a bizarre helmet invented in 1925 that encourages focus and concentration by rendering the wearer deaf, piping them full of oxygen, and limiting their vision to a tiny horizontal slit; thus enabling them to get into a state of so-called “productive isolation.” The Isolator, however, is not survival equipment, but a tool for everyday use.

Isolation means separation, detachment; in this case it also refers to protection against the inflow or the efflux of light, sound, heat, humidity, electricity, disturbing thoughts, etc. A successful resistance may erect its own memorial.

ISOLATOR is a group exhibition without the participation of a curator, where the exhibitors are the most important representatives of the mid-generation of internationally renowned Hungarian artists, who took part in the most prestigious international art exhibitions such as the documenta in Kassel or the Istanbul Biennial. Their joint project, Isolator explores the state of active inner isolation. The installations presented in the framework of the show work independently and detached from each other reflecting the rhizomatic structure and the grassroots character of the OFF-Biennále Budapest.