With the occasion of the 20th anniversary from the birth of the ARTeast Foundation, the DUET(T) event series is organized as an amended re-make of a project from 2003. The original Duett was a collaboration and exchange of experience between Hungarian and Romanian curators who, in researching the two contemporary art scenes, familiarized themselves with “the culture of the other”, and created a series of exhibitions – duets – which functioned as interethnic dialogues.
The 2019 Duet(t), within the framework of five artistic and research residencies, proposes interdisciplinary, intergenerational and interethnic dialogues between the following duets:
Bartha Sándor / Hu – Bartha József / Ro
Sugár János / Hu – Monotremu / Ro
Jaroslav Kiša / Sk – Anetta Mona Chișa / Ro+Cz
Tehnica Schweiz / Hu+De – Miklós Szilárd / Ro
The exhibition material was first displayed in the B5 Studio and Camera K’arte Tg. Mureș in November 2019.
(b. 1962) lives in Budapest and is a lecturer at the Visual Arts Department of the Partium University from Oradea/Nagyvárad (Romania). His artistic practice refers to private, family situations, and the background of this universe accompanies other topics coming from the public political sphere, seen with a critical and ironic eye by the artist (Art Encounters).
(b. 1960) Visual artist, scenographer and curator, associate professor at the University of Arts Târgu-Mureș. He has initiated and organized several national and international contemporary art projects, and established the ARTeast Foundation and the B5 Studio in Târgu-Mureș. Graduate of the University of Fine Arts in Cluj, he has obtained a DLA degree from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2012. He completed a US ArtsLink residency programme in 1996 and received a grant for residency of the Switzerland Boswil Art Committee in 2005. In 2014 he was awarded the UNITER prize for best scenography. He has participated in several group exhibitions, both in the country and abroad. His conceptual works include installations, video art and interventions.
(b. 1958) is a visual artist and founding member of the Media Research Foundation. He has studied in the Department of Sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In the 80´s – 90´s, he worked with Indigo, an interdisciplinary art group led by Miklós Erdély. His work includes installations, performances and film/video. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe including Documenta IX, Kassel (1992), Manifesta I, Rotterdam (1996). He completed an Artslink residency at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994, fellowships at Experimental Intermedia, New York (1988 and 1999). Since 1990, he has been teaching in the Intermedia Department of the MKE (Hungarian University of Fine Arts) Budapest.
The artist duo Monotremu, formed in Timișoara in 2010 by Laura Borotea and Gabriel Boldiș, is known for its ironic-critical artistic practice, focused on the apathy and shortcomings of Romanian society, context and civilization which, like the ambiguous zoological category of monotremes—the term which inspired the pseudonym the two use—is placed in an area that is still being clarified with an uncertain status, somewhere between mammals and birds (concerning monotremes), somewhere between East and West (concerning Romania). It is a separate class, primitive according to certain criteria, but rather unclassifiable and impossible to integrate into pre-established structures. Since 2012 they have been running Minitremu, a creative lab facilitating access to contemporary art for kids and teenagers.
The work of Jaroslav Kyša (b. 1981, Bratislava) comprises objects, installations, photography and video, and all of the areas are characteristic of the author’s typical use of the appropriation and aesthetic perception not only of common found objects and commodities, but also of cuts-outs from everyday real events, both lively and banal. Jaroslav Kyša relativises the functionality of selected object or phenomenon by discovering its reverse sides, usually giving them a new function that shifts them into the sphere of art and the same time poses the question of where the boundary lies between art and common reality. He uses this strategy in his interventions into public spaces as well, where his efforts to evoke so-called “testing situations” – which emerge through corrections of the common side of reality – come to the foreground.
Anetta Mona Chisa was born in Romania in 1975 and works in Prague and Bratislava, collaborating with Lucia Tkacova. Their work shows a constant and subversive preoccupation with understanding in depth the contemporary socio-cultural climate. The approach of the subjects they work with is always accompanied by reflection and self-awareness, which results in their work circumventing concrete definitions or simplistic classification.
The artist duo Tehnica Schweiz (Gergely László and Péter Rákosi) have been collaborating for more than 15 years. They are interested in stories, buildings, locations and communities with a relation to cultural identities. Their research-based ‘conservation’ work is more than a mere analysis of the patterns of collective memory: in the course of diverse collaborative creative processes, they make attempts at the playful recollection.
(Miercurea Ciuc, 1981) studied graphics at the University of Art and Design, Cluj (2000-2004). Currently he is undertaking a DLA degree at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, writing a thesis on the institutionalization of contemporary art in Romania during the 1990s with a focus on the performance art festivals from this period and their continuity in archives. His latest projects deal with authors whose careers have intersected the “zero point of history”. Among these are the documentary filmmaker Stefan Fischer (“Fischer Block”, Tranzit House, Cluj, 2017), and the avant-garde artist Hans Mattis Teutsch (OFF Biennale, Budapest, 2017 / Art Encounters,Timișoara, 2017 / “Mattis Teutsch. Avantgarde and Constructive Realism”, Rezidența BRD Scena 9, Bucharest, 2019). He was anactive member of various non-profit organizations from Cluj, such as the People’s School of Contemporary Art (2009-2011) created by Project-Protokoll Association and Tranzit House where he initiated a collaborative studio program and publishing platform called Conset. He has orchestrated various interventions in public space and participates regularly in exhibitions. He served as a lecturer at the Fine Arts Department of PKE Oradea (2005-2007), and now at the University of Arts in Târgu Mureș. From 2019 he joined the editorial team of IDEA magazine from Cluj.