Exhibition When Art(ist) Speaks


acb Gallery

Tehnica Schweiz & Katarina Šević: Alfred Palestra

​The material of the Alfred Palestra project was inspired by the extraordinary story of the Lycée Émile-Zola in Rennes. This school was the alma mater writer Alfred Jarry, author of Ubu Roi and pioneer of French surrealism and avant-garde. It is here, in the school’s sports hall, that the second trial was held in the Dreyfus-case.

Date and time of opening: 6 p.m. 23 April 2015

The material of the Alfred Palestra project was inspired by the extraordinary story of the Lycée Émile-Zola in Rennes. This school was the alma mater writer Alfred Jarry, author of Ubu Roi and pioneer of French surrealism and avant-garde. It is here, in the school’s sports hall, that the second trial was held in the Dreyfus-case.

The meeting of Alfred Jarry and Alfred Dreyfus in one space embodies the concurrence of the crisis of the republic and the birth of avant-garde. The creation of the artwork involved a drama group of students from the local high school, who were engaged in interpreting different texts in the sports hall where the trial took place. The texts were, firstly, from Alfred Dreyfus’ books that he read during his exile on Devil’s Island, and secondly, excerpts from the library, consisting of 27 equivalent books, appearing in the Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician. This collective reading practice became an alternative method of the interpretation of the era.
The project will be adapted in Hungary as part of the series “When art(ist) speaks”. What comes to the foreground during the Hungarian adaptation is the aspect that is also relevant here: how were avant-garde experiments able to respond to the gravest crisis of the republic and society – as they did in 1898 in France.

Organiser: acb Galéria


Related events: When art(ist) speaks (performance)
Venue: Alternatív Közgazdasági Iskola (AKG), 1035 Budapest, Raktár u. 1.
Date: 29 April, 18:00
Organiser: Eszter Lázár, Edina Nagy


Further information:
http://tehnicaschweiz.com/alfred-palestra-2014/; http://tehnicaschweiz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Alfred_Palestra.pdf

Gergely László (1979) is living and working in Berlin
Péter Rákosi (1970) is living and working in Budapest
Katarina Šević (1979, Novi Sad) is living and working Berlin

www.tehnicaschweiz.com
www.katarinasevic.com