IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN, Nr.3
This project is specifically designed to be viewed through the windows of DISKURS Berlin as our doors remain closed. With the exhibitions changing every two weeks, this fast-paced exhibition program aims to support the
art scene to fight back against the COVID-19 crisis.
THE ABSTRACT IMAGE OF THE PANDEMIC - David Szauder
It slowly sounds commonplace that our lives have been radically transformed by the COVID pandemic for a year now. We all experience its impact in different ways. The prospect that it will last for an unpredictable time can be quite depressing. For me, it appears as a kind of endless loop that returns again and again and wraps around our days. Never before has there been an epidemic about which the amount of news has been as vast and rapid as it is today, and all of this could only have a more depressing effect. The growing mass of daily information is drawn in curves on a piece of paper by a small drawing robot. Each time the word pandemic occurs in the news, the small robot gets the information to draw the next curve. The position of the curves are determined by the time and GPS coordinates of where the news is coming from, following the virus’s current status. Operating this way, an abstract image of the pandemic, an infinite abstract loop is formed during the two weeks the exhibition is on.
David Szauder is a digital artist, designer and curator. He is currently working as a Curator and art consultant with his studio (ARTPROJEKT BERLIN, Handshape, Publishing Hungary, 2023 European Cultural capital, etc.). As an artist and curator, he participated in many different exhibitions from Berlin to Seoul in the last nine years. Currently, he is developing a kinetic sculpture (Seoul, Berlin London)- https://www.lightspacemodulator.org/
He was also a guest lecturer in film at the University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, where he found his artistic style and created the unique method and the series of ‘Failed Memories’. David Szauder studied Art History and New Media in Budapest and afterwards spent a year on a scholarship in Helsinki. Soon after arriving in Berlin, he started to work as the artistic director for the Hungarian Cultural Institute.
IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN
10 Shows, 10 Artists, 4 Guest Curators
curated by Jung Me Chai & Anna Ratcliffe
Think about the alarming crises in the world. The spreading pandemic, racism and discrimination, growing far-right propaganda, international terrorism, and climate change are to name a few of the perceived threats to our existence. Some people are paralyzed by uncertainty in this unpredictable time, and yes, we are also confronted with severe socio-economic problems. In addition, this unexpected crisis has, unfortunately, accelerated the rate of restrictions on civil liberties, and mass surveillance methods have uninterruptedly risen.
Even if it may sound utopian, we are forced to think about new models of “how we live” in these perilous times. The image of “Utopia” maybe a romantic and unrealistic concept, but it is an urgent one as we try to revise our current problems.
Under the title ‘IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN’, DISKURS Berlin launches the second round of Exhibition-Relay, encouraging creative thinkers to create personal utopias in this unpredictable and vulnerable world.
at 39026 John West Road
Monday 1 March 2021 at 08:00h
at Bulowstrasse 11
Friday 5 February 2021 at 16:59h
Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 12:00h
at Schönleinstr. 25
Friday 12 March 2021 at 19:00h