Electromagnetic Bodies at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest

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Electromagnetic Bodies at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest
Somlai-Fischer Szabolcs – Bengt Sjölén – Danil Lundbäck , Brainmirror, 2005, © Somlai-Fischer Szabolcs.

BUDAPEST.- The Ludwig Museum presents the exhibit Electromagnetic Bodies through August 27. Resonance. Electromagnetic Bodies is on view in Budapest, following presentations at Occurrence, Montreal, and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Medialab, Madrid, V2; TENT, Rotterdam. The project aims to explore the nature of invisible yet discernible material forces and the impact of these vibrating energies on our environment and the human body. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Nikola Tesla’s birth, participants of this international project have created works in response to Nikola Tesla’s pioneering concepts, based on the principles of vibration and resonance in the fields of electricity and electromagnetism. Spying the Electromagnetic Work Force, an installation by Jean-Pierre Aubé, spies in real time on the electromagnetic state of the building hosting the exhibition, and broadcasts the data through loudspeakers, demonstrating all the attendant dangers of electromagnetic pollution in our environment. Abacus, a robotic sculpture living a life of its own, created by Norman T. White, and Homewrecker, a video by Paulette Phillips, as well as Shroud/ transcendence over the physical laws of nature. Marie-Jeanne Musiol’s light sculpture, Bodies of Light, reveals the energy nature of the living world through photos of the electromagnetic aura of plants. ĆLab’s in/fluencing investigates Tesla’s theory of zero-point energy at the nano and microscopic levels.

The travelling exhibition, comprising works by nine Canadian artists, has been complemented with additional pieces for the Budapest show. Brainmirror by the Somlai-Fischer–Sjölén–Lundbäck trio, the result of the collaboration of architects and engineers, is an original artwork in which the viewer can see the reflection of his/her body and the image of his/her brain simultaneously. Erika Katalina Pásztor has built a future image databank from Tesla’s

vision of wireless telecommunication. MetalLeather, an installation by the Csiki–Szabó duo, becomes an electroacoustic musical instrument with the involvement of the audience. Alongside the high-tech and digital art, traditional artistic practices are also present, such as Gyula Július’s installation, Attila Szűcs’s oils on canvas, or Gábor Kerekes’s photos, all focusing on electric phenomena. On view, in addition to the artworks, will be objects kindly loaned from the Hungarian Electrotechnical Museum, the Hungarian Museum for Science and Technology, the Serbian Local Government of Budapest and the Serbian Local Government of Zugló (Budapest). Artists featured in the Budapest show: Gisele Trudel & Stephane Claude (Ćlab), Jean-Pierre Aubé, Simone Jones, Gyula Július, Gábor Kerekes, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Erika Katalina Pásztor, Paulette Phillips, Catherine Richards, Jocelyn Robert, Szabolcs Somlai-Fischer–Bengt Sjölén–Danil Lundbäck, Csaba Csiki–Péter Szabó, Attila Szűcs, David Tomas, Norman T. White.

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