Not too distant present

venue: Studio Gallery, 35, Rottenbiller str. Budapest 1077
opening: 27th May from 7 p.m.
from 28th May – 6th June, Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6p.m. Wednesday: from 6p.m.
opening person: Jozsef Tillmann, philosopher, essayist
Exhibiting artists: János Brückner, Máté Fillér, János Kósa, Attila Menesi, Csaba Nemes, János Sugár, Eszter Szabó, György Szimán, Márton Takáts
curators: Bálint Ács, Angéla Darvas, Tamás Milán Don, Eszter Károly
Name of supervisor: József Mélyi, Art Theory Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, associate professor
Not too distant present
Realised presumptions and utopian interpretations



The final exhibtion of the graduate students in Theory of Art and Curatorial Studies Department at Hungarian University of Fine Arts deals with the current and future position of Studio of Young Artists’ Association (SYAA) including the visions of the Hungarian contemporary fine art.

The starting point of the exhibition is a sociological survey, made with the members of the Association in 1995. The present-day project updates the issues of the survey, how contemporary artists imagine the society of the future and how they see themselves in it. In parallel with the research the exhibition displays artworks, made between 1995 and 2014 which predict a kind of vision, prophecy about the near or distant future.

In the third part of the exhibition, we are planning to present artworks created in the frames of a workshop organised for the current members of the SYAA. On these artworks artists reflect their imagined selves and their art in 19 year.

Our intent is to show certain personal future concepts, past assumptions from Hungarian contemporary artists, and also to demonstrate different and similar layers from the past and from the present.

In the side events we’ll try to focus on more specific topics of the future. For instance on a roundtable discussion, titled Budapest 2033, invitees will discuss the might future of the capital, from an urban, sociological, philosophical and artistic aspect.

György Szimán, graduate in Intermedia Studies at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts will play out live the Metro 2033 computer game based on the same titled novel of Dmitry Glukhovsky. By the performative tools of playing out the game during the exhibition Sziman attempts to shift the videogame into the artistic space.

The M!nd group organizes a museum pedagogical program built around the theme of the exhibition for children aged between 6 and 14.

The exact dates of the accompanying programs will be shared on the facebook page of the event.