case study 2012


 Case Study –Heterotopia /  installation / wood [2012-13]

„This is only his box. The sheep you asked for is inside. I was very surprised to see a light break over the face of my young judge: That is exactly the way I wanted it!"Antoine De Saint-Exupéry *


The project called Case Study, poses certain questions.: “What people or generally the society expect from the artist?” or  “What does it really mean to be a contemporary artist?” and asks the question: What the Museum means for you?”
 I developed this project during different residencies.  I started my work at MeetFactory inPrague / Czech Republic (with the generous support of the Visegrad Fund) in 2012 and proceeded to carry it out during the La Malterie Residency program in Lille / France in 2013. The biggest piece made in South-Korea during the Seoul Museum of Art -Nanji Residency Program. The main objective was to explore local art scenes and find topics in the air. 
Visegrad Fund


I interviewed people, including artists and curators to collect information and try to draw a map of expectations, concerning art historical references as well.  The contribution of the audience - thinking together, starting conversations - was essential for me as these collected opinions became the basic source of my installation.

La Malterie
I created wooden boxes similar to those that museums use to transfer artworks in order to save them.  The boxes are closed and only a small hole let us observe the content. The works are using metamorphosis techniques. Different images become visible through the perspective based optical illusion. I created spaces in the boxes by cutting the wood, so thus the image is appear in one angle. The interviews and the opinions are fill them, so the whole installation is focus of contemporary art questions by exchanging ideas and point of views.



Seoul Museum of Art
The installation Heteropotia - “Opened Space  “열린 공간 „ - installation / wood / 210x210x210 cm / 2013 - built out of visitors’ feedbacks during the SeMA Nanji Residency Program. I surveyed the visitors of the Seoul Museum of Art and collected their feelings concerning their relationship with the museum. My question was:What the Museum means for you?”

I created a space which people are able and allowed to enter. The personal definitions are appearing and thus the walls open and the thoughts are projected into the real space. My project is questioning whether art can influence our daily life. There is a certain change when we enter a museum, because the context of the place influences our view. I intend to analyze this change of our view of the world through different eyes. If a museum as a place can modify our mind, then what happens if we find our daily life there?

The work refers to the definition of ‘Heteropotia’. Foucault uses this term to describe spaces that have multiple layers of meanings or relationships to other places, more than what immediately meets the eye. In general, a heterotopia is a physical representation of a utopia or a parallel space that contains undesirable bodies to make a real utopian space possible.



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 *Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince / Le Petit Prince 1943

[Fig.1.]  Hans Holbein the Younger: The Ambassadors (1533) with a Memento mori anamorph skull in the foreground, oil on oak, 207 cm × 209.5 cm (81 in × 82.5 in) National Gallery, London

[Fig.2.]  Skull from Holbein's The Ambassadors seen at an angle to undistort it.





Esettanulmány – Heterotopia / interaktív installáció, fa [2012-]


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Az Esettanulmány [2012-] sorozat a művész szerepét vizsgálja a társadalomban az esettanulmányok módszereihez hasonlóan. Különböző kulturális csoportok véleményét vizsgálva olyan kérdéseket feszeget, mint például: “Mit vár el a néző, vagy tágabb értelemben a társadalom a művésztől?”; „Mit jelent igazából kortárs képzőművésznek lenni?, illetve, hogy a látogatók számára “Mit jelent a Múzeum?”.

A sorozat rezidencia programokon, különböző helyszíneken vizsgálja a múzeumlátogatók, művészek és kurátorok válaszait a feltett kérdésekre. Az összegyűjtött véleményekből épültnek a mű.  A válaszokat csoportosítva a nagyobb témakörök, pl. : társadalmilag elkötelezett; nyitott gondolkodású; a jelenben élő …  kerültek feldolgozásra, előhívva azok művészettörténeti vonatkozásait.

A válaszok anamorfózis segítségével jelennek meg, és vetülnek vissza a megkérdezett célcsoportra. A vélemények a valós térben mintegy elvárásként - nem pozitív formaként, hanem inkább hiányzó, nem fizikailag ott lévőként - értelmezhetőek, így csak bizonyos nézőpontból láthatók. Zárt, műtárgytároló dobozok tartalmazzák a definíciókat, melyekbe kis nyílás enged bepillantanunk. A képzőművészetre vonatkoztatható elvárások emblematikus képekben jelennek meg, visszavetítve azokat a vizsgált közösségre.
Az Esettanulmány célja nem a válaszadás, hanem a levegőben lévő témák és elvárások vizualizálása. Megjeleníteni a kimondottat nem fizikailag, hanem a meglévő térből előhívva. A cél az elgondolkodtatás, illetve a kommunikáció serkentése, a tér fizikai volta helyett annak szellemi, közösségi rétegeinek felfedése.

A sorozat legnagyobb darabja - Heterotopia - “Megnyílt tér” / fa / 210x210x210cm [2013] -
Dél-Koreában, a Seoul Múzeum of Art Nanji Rezidencia programon készült Heterotópia – „Megnyílt tér” [2013] installáció a múzeumlátogatók véleményét vizualizálja, abból a kérdésből kiindulva, hogy számukra “Mit jelent a Múzeum?”.

A projekt Foucault által használt ‘Heteropotia’ fogalomra reflektál. A kifejezés a tér azon típusát jelöli, ami minden más térrel kapcsolatban áll, és - szemben az utópiával - valós hellyel rendelkezik.

Az installáció egy nagyméretű térből kivágott tér formájában jelenik meg, a nézőket is magába foglaló formaként.  Besétálva mintegy filterként részben elfedi, részbe látni engedi a környező teret. A személyes vélemények megnyitják a falakat, és kivetülnek a vizsgált területre. A mű fő kérdése: Ha a múzeum terében máshogy szemléljük a dolgokat, mi történik akkor, ha a saját hétköznapi életünket találjuk ott?

 *Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, A Kis Herceg / Le Petit Prince  1943

[Fig.1.] ifjabb 
Hans Holbein : The Ambassadors (1533) olajfestmény, 207 cm × 209.5 cm (81 in × 82.5 in) National Gallery, London


[Fig.2.]  koponya Holbein The Ambassadors képéről más szögből





















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2012 - Case Study (solo show); Galerie Kostka, MeetFactory, Prague / CZ 

"The current art project of the MeetFactory artist-in-residence Tamás Szvet begun with a basic question: what do you expect from an artist? As the Little Prince or any child has shown to a grownup, the simplest questions are often those most difficult to answer. The artist has been posing the question during his three-month stay in Prague, asking the visitors of his studio to answer it on a sheet of paper. Since it was mostly adults answering, the outcome was largely determined by the common socio-cultural standards, education and perhaps a slight fear of originality, which in some cases resulted in ridiculing the whole subject. The outcome was, therefore, not far from the artist's initial assumptions. Although modern and contemporary art has been involved in a fight for plurality of aesthetic qualities for quite a while now, many people still do expect beauty. As Arthur Danto has put it, although beauty is no longer the one and only possibility for an artwork, it is, unlike other aesthetic qualities, also a value we can hardly live without. Besides beauty, we expect concepts: art should be thought provoking, the artist should pose new and interesting questions and perhaps even give some answers. He or she should bring new points of view and let us think outside the box. Then comes engagement. An artist should be critical, point out things that are happening in our society, culture, politics. And of course there is a claim for originality and innovation. Foremost, yes of course, we expect freedom. However obvious that might sound, it is actually quite essential to remind us of that sometimes.

The concept of thinking inside and outside the box merged with a recent experience the artist made in an art museum in Hamburg. He entered an area closed for installation of a new exhibition, where the art to be was still contained in professional packages with names of the (mostly rather famous) artists written on top of them. One could, therefore, only imagine what is hidden in the box and draw the exhibition in his own head. For his installation presented in the Kostka Gallery, Szvet created handicraft pinhole boxes, inviting the viewer to take a look in their inner perspective. The images they contain are derived from the topics of the artist's research. They might be universal symbols, images from old books or widely recognizable artworks. One of the boxes is left blank, with no image and no possibility to look inside. This one correlates with the perhaps most interesting answer to the artist's question: a blank sheet of paper. Thinking outside the box does not have to mean giving the right answers. It can stand for posing good questions and giving them space to resonate." / Karina Kottová












"The artist is a prism, a filter he lets the questions related to the society through. His production is an attempt to reply these questions after filtering them through the prism. The result is tinged with the vision of the artist."


"A művész egy prizma, egy filter, amelyen a társadalmi kérdések áthatolnak. Munkájában ezeket a kérdéseket igyekszik megválaszolni, mint egy szűrő. Az eredmény már az alkotó reakcióját vetíti elénk. … "




Derkovits Now, Kunsthalle, Budapest / HU / 2013

Derkovits Now, Kunsthalle, Budapest / HU / 2013





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