1065 Budapest, Nagymező u. 54-56.

Planking Project

​Planking in my view is a playful expression of civil resistance, as well as a possible and valid expression of today’s folk art. A female figure, her hands pressed closely against her body, her fixed body and face turned downwards, is lying on the back-rest of a couch.

Planking in my view is a playful expression of civil resistance, as well as a possible and valid expression of today’s folk art. A female figure, her hands pressed closely against her body, her fixed body and face turned downwards, is lying on the back-rest of a couch.

A person doing planking confuses the spectator with his/her extreme exhibitionist behaviour. With the face usually turned downwards and arms pressed against the fixed body, the planking figure provokes the audience with his/her isolation and stillness. His/her motions are a plea for help and attention, and passivity; oscillating movement fixed into catatonia. He/she rejects any attempt of interpretation with his/her Dadaist gesture and finds refuge in passive resistance, while manifesting his/her social isolation.

His/her withdrawal takes place by blending into the environment, becoming transparent, a kind of mimicry. During this concentrated passivity the meaning to be formulated by the spectator shifts towards non-meaning. It is a game without a point or a purpose, with no reason, nor consequence. The planker is the unconscious recognition of a failure: the intensifying of a person’s presence to absurdity and its ultimate wiping out is the manifestation of lost personality.

To increase his/her vulnerability, the planker chooses the strangest places for his/her action. The action is documented by him/herself or by a friend and shared with the world through the net, making it part of universal folklore.

Organisers: Horváth Art Foundation, Deák Erika Gallery, Szűcs Attila