Pasztor, Erika Katalina | media artist
Budapest, Hungary
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15 years transit | 3 channel videoinstallation | 2004-2006
contemporary architecture in Hungary [1989-2004]
work in collaboration with:
Enikő Orosz
video artist
Attila Dröszler
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presented in:
Architect Chamber Baden-Württemberg, Freiburg, (D) 2004;
RAP Architectuur-centrum, Leiden (NL) 2004;
City Museum, Győr (H) 2004;
Gödör Club, Budapest 2005;
City Gallery, Nyíregyháza (H) 2005;
Tranzithouse, Cluj (Ro) 2005;
Haus der Architektur, Eisenstadt (A) 2005;
HDA, Graz (A) 2005;
Contemporary Art Exhibition Hall Pécs (H) 2006;
Roxy, Prague (Cz) 2006

curated by Ágnes Koncz and Mihály Vargha

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15 years transit
video documentation [Windows Media, wmv 7,67 MB]
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15 years transit presents contemporary Hungarian architecture within a social framework. It is a qualitative survey of local designers’ world; an audiovisual sociology (interviews with 27 leading architects and presenting 13 projects during 70 minutes) projected on three large spatial video screens.

We wanted to show the personal face of the architects next to their "products". We asked at the beginning of the interviews: 'how do you feel yourself in this world?' Considering their personal attitudes and works, all of them went into different directions, but all talked about personal situations (family, lifestyle, working-hours, etc.) as well. All of them photographed in the same view (total, in the middle of the screen), and projected about life-size on the screen visitors are able to look at both sides and walk around.

Behind the architects there are two big screens showing two camera views recorded during our walks and traveling in the buildings. We fastened two DV cameras on an old crash helmet (produced in Hungary in 1974), and walked through the buildings. The cameras recorded our subjective motion - looking around a bit uncertainly, cautiously. Finally, we edited the two camera views in frame synchronic, so the result is an augmented view with overlapping images.

The project was consciously low-budget, a sort of reflection on big, rich and expensive media businesses, transforming content and culture. We were like culture-pirates doing everything on our own. Being conscious of portability, we designed the exhibition to travel. Showing this audiovisual survey, we intended to create an alternative transmission network of ideas, a sort of P2P (person-to-person) network. The result was a mixture: it was not only a video installation or architectural exhibition or video program about architects. It was all together. You might sit down and watch it as a movie; you might just drop by and walk in between the big fluorescent screens and leave. We add a web site (searchable on a workstation on the site and available online) with all the projects including photos and texts as well. Therefore, everybody, who is interested more in architectural details can browse still photographs of the buildings on the site.

Budapest, 2005

Erika Katalina Pasztor


  Palotai János: Tranzit (Filmkultúra, 2005) / Hungarian
  Szijártó Zsolt: Tranzit a Hattyúházban (Echo, 2006/1. Pécs) / Hungarian

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