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Zsolt Vásárhelyi and Kati Simon
Die Insel
2017, Full HD, colour, sound, 51:22 mins. Courtesy of the artists
(in German with English subtitles)

 

Schulfarm Insel Scharfenberg, founded as a reform pedagogical experiment in the Weimar Republic, has implemented a radically democratic school concept. In this boarding school, built on an island of the Tegel lake in Berlin, teachers and students held open debates on discussion forums and voted on everything related to the school’s duties even its most basic operational functioning. Everyone had one vote, both students and teachers. Through depicting the history of the school, Die Insel examines what society, politics, the school itself could – or couldn’t – do with this heritage, in the fascistic Germany of the ‘30s, during World War 2 and then in the ‘50s, in ‘68, or in the ‘90s. And what can we do with it today?

 

 

Biography of the author, Zsolt Vásárhelyi:

 

Zsolt Vásárhelyi DLA (1970) is an artist working in photography and video, currently based in Berlin. After studying architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and art at the Art Faculty of Pécs University, in Hungary, and at the University of Hertfordshire in Great Britain, he earned his diploma in painting and art education in 1999. He received his doctorate in the liberal arts (DLA) in 2008 at Pécs University. His works have been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions, including: Taking Time, OFF-Biennale Budapest and Zönoteka, Berlin (2018), Waldsee 1944, The Fugard Theatre, Capetown (2016), Horizontal Standing, OFF-Biennale Budapest (2015), Changing City – Shifting Spaces, Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos (2014), inter-cool 3.0, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund (2010), Loop Festival, Barcelona (2010), Performance II – performance in transmedial translation, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna (2009), Videonale 12, Kunstmuseum Bonn (2009), DETOUR Third International Video Festival, Cairo (2008), Lost and Found, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden (2006). He was granted the Eötvös Research Fellowship of the Hungarian State for Berlin, the Grant of the National Cultural Fond, the Residency Grant at the Hungarian Academy in Rome, the Derkovits Gyula Fellowship for Fine Arts, and the Strabag Prize for Painting. He is a member of the Studio of Young Artists Association in Budapest. In 2016, he co-founded Critique & Culture, a Berlin based international association for art and culture.

 

 

Biography of the co-author, Kati Simon:

 

Berlin based independent curator Kati Simon (1968) has worked in and with various institutions in Hungary, Austria and Germany, and organised numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and art projects of contemporary art. 2009-13 she was curator and head of exhibition at Ludwig Museum, Budapest, and before that 2006-09 a curator and project manager at Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest. In 2005, she worked at Kunsthalle Wien as a grant recipient of KulturKontakt Austria, and, in 2003, with the Rave Scholarship of IFA at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Her curatorial work included solo and thematic exhibitions, many of which critically addressed a variety of social issues. Recent exhibitions includeWomen in 3 Acts at Fotohof, Salzburg, Taking Time, OFF-Biennale Budapest and Zönoteka, Berlin, Armin Linke: OCEANS – Dialogues between Ocean Floor and Water Column at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art in Oldenburg, Constucted View2 - Attila Csörgő and Gábor Ősz at Vintage Gallery in Budapest, and Horizontal Standing for the OFF-Biennale Budapest. In the past years, she has been working extensively with internationallyacclaimed artist, photographer and filmmaker Armin Linke. She is co-author of Die Insel, a video work created in collaboration with artist Zsolt Vásárhelyi. She is member of IKT - International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Studio of Young Artists Association in Budapest and co-founder of Critique & Culture e.V., a Berlin based international association for art and culture.

 

 

Exhibition list of the author, Zsolt Vásárhelyi:

 

Selected solo and group exhibitions:

2017
Aurora Calling, Hazaváró, Screening at Auróra, Budapest
Taking Time, ZÖNOTÉKA, Berlin
Taking Time, OFF-Biennale Budapest, Budapest

2016
Waldsee 1944, The Fugard Theatre, Capetown, South Africa

2015
Horizontal Standing, OFF-Biennale Budapest, Budapest

2014
VIDEONALE IN LAGOS, Changing City – Shifting Spaces, Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos, Nigeria

2013
Magányos táj, Déri Múzeum, Debrecen, Hungary
La Grande Migration (curated by Délia Vékony), Art Market, Budapest

2012
The Hungarian Magic Cube - Video Art Exhibition of Hungarian artists, Gallery 5 Kalisher, Tel Aviv, Israel
Art Market Budapest, Budapest

2010
Down stairs, Up stairs, Gyeonggi Creation Center, Seoul, South Korea
inter-cool 3.0, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany
Loop Festival, Barcelona, Spain
MAGMART, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy

2009
Videospritz®EST#4, Trieste Contemporanea, Italy
Performance II – performance in transmedial translation, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria
Synoptic Visionaudial Artmeeting, Pécs
Videonale 12, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
t.error –  your fear is an external object, Hungarian Cultural Center, New-York, USA
TransForma, Halle, Saale, Germany

2008
DETOUR Third International Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt
Bolzano ShortFilmFestival, Bolzano, Italy
10 years anniversary,Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest
Oslo Screen Festival, Oslo, Norway
t.error, Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest, Menü Pont, Budapest
Videoholica 2008, Varna, Bulgaria
Vasfű, What’s Up? Contemporary Hungarian art as part of the Year of Renaissance, Miskolci Galéria, Miskolc, Hungary

2007
Yamakasi, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest (solo)
Lost and Found, MODEM, Debrecen
Colourforce – Change of scale, Zsolnay Gyár, Pécs
Selected works of recent video art from Hungary, Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
VIDET 07, Festival Internacional de Video Arte, Vilafranca del Penédes, Spain

2006
Sculptures, 2B Gallery, Budapest
Lost and Found, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Ten Years of the STRABAG Painting Prize, Ludwig Museum– Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Waldsee, 1944, Donauschwäbisches Zentralmuseum, Ulm, Germany
Selected works of recent video art from Hungary, Ungarischer Akzent, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
Spring Auction on Contemporary Art, Galeria White, Budapest
Annual Exhibition of Derkovits Fellows, Ernst Museum, Budapest
Exhibition of Derkovits Fellows, Ungarisches Kulturinstitut, Stuttgart, Germany

2005
PLAY, Vadnai Gallery, Budapest (solo with Ádám Szabó)
Video artists from Hungary in the Loop Festival of Barcelona - presentation, Dovin Gallery, Budapest
Exposición de Videoarte Húngaro, Loop Festival, Miscelänea, Barcelona, Spain
Green Wind, young artists’ video works, Budapest Autumn Festival, Deák square, Budapest
Waldsee, 1944, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin, Germany; Hebrew Union College Museum, New York, USA
10 Years of the DLA Masterschool in Pécs (within the 25th Budapest Spring Festival), Ernst Museum, Budapest
Kunst Köln, Köln, Germany
Annual Exhibition of Derkovits Fellows, Ernst Museum, Budapest

2004
Room and Fish, Vadnai Gallery, Budapest (solo)
Passing the Boarders, Institution of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros
Projection, Vaszary Gallery (Képtár), Kaposvár
Contemporary Hungarian Painting, Museum of Foreign Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
Waldsee, 1944, 2B Gallery, Budapest
Annual Exhibition of Derkovits Fellows, Ernst Museum, Budapest
Exhibition of Gábor Császár, Kornél Lakatos, Kata Szalai and Zsolt Vásárhelyi, Rozsics István Gallery, Budapest

2003
SNITT, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest (solo)
MEO Art Fair, MEO – Contemporary Art Collection, Budapest
Young artists around Ilona Keserü in Pécs 1983-2003, Pécs Gallery, Pécs
To Ilona”, art-éria gallery, Szentendre
Sopianae Center, Institution of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros
Commentary, Múzeum Vojtecha Löfflera, Košice, Slovakia
Cream 2003, MEO – Contemporary Art Collection, Budapest

2002
DLA 2002. Diplomaworks of DLA students, Museum Gallery, Pécs
Budapest Art Expo Fresh II., ArtMill, Szentendre
Annual Exhibition of DLA Students, Pécs Gallery, Pécs
Csapó 1, Exhibition House of the Budapest Gallery, Budapest

2001
Annual Exhibition of DLA Students, Pécs Gallery, Pécs
STRABAG Painting Prize 2001, Ludwig Museum Budapest – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Young Artists from Pécs, Pécs Gallery, Pécs

 

 

Exhibition list of the co-author, Kati Simon, curator:

 

Selected exhibitions, screenings – curatorial work:

Anastasia Khoroshilova: Once the sea was here, Hidegszoba Studio, Budapest, 2018, Month of Photography
Women in 3 Acts, Fotohof, Salzburg, 2018, Inda Gallery, Budapest, 2018, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, 2019
Taking Time, OFF-Biennale Budapest, 2017, Zönotéka, Berlin, 2017, Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, USA, 2018
Armin Linke: OCEANS – Dialogues between Ocean Floor and Water Column, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, 2017
Constructed View2: Attila Csörgő and Gábor Ősz, Vintage Gallery, Budapest, 2016
Horizontal Standing, OFF-Biennale Budapest
Gábor Ősz: Three by Three, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, 2013
The Naked Man, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, 2013, co-curated with Hedvig Turai and curated by Sabine Fellner, Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller and Stella Rollig for LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz
Site Inspections. The Museum on the Museum, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, 2011, curated by Katalin Székely with the Ludwig Museum’s curatorial collective
PowerGames, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, 2010 (Budapest Spring Festival with focus on Denmark)
Attila Csörgő: Archimedean Point, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, 2009, Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, 2010, Hamburger Kunsthalle – Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg, 2011
Try to make a simple gesture, no matter how small, Trafó Gallery, Budapest, 2009
Vérité exposée – about memory. Sven Augustijnen, David Claerbout, Els Vanden Meersch, Ana Torfs, Ernst Museum, Budapest, 2009 (Festival Futurspektiv – New Flemish Masters)
Crazycurators Biennale, Space/Priestor Gallery, Bratislava, 2008
Wim Delvoye, Ernst Museum, 2008 (LOW Dutch-Flemish Cultural Festival, Budapest 2008)
Parcella / Skulpturenpark-Berlin, Lumen/Impex, Budapest, 2007, co-curated with Gergely László (Bipolar-projekt)
Prague Biennale 3.Glocal and Outsiders: Connecting Cultures in Central Europe – Personal Politics. Young art from Hungary, Karlín Hall, Prague, 2007, co-curated with Gergely László
Charles Fréger, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, 2007, co-curated with Zsófia Somogyi
Crazycurators Biennale, Space/Priestor Gallery, Bratislava, 2006
Recent video art from Hungary 1996-2006, screening program, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2006, University of Cinematography, Budapest, 2006, Secondary School of Art, Pécs, 2006, Art Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, 2007, LADA - International Gallery Project, Leipzig, 2008
Videonale Bonn. Video art in Germany 1980-2005 and Videonale 10, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, 2006, screening program, curated by Georg Elben, In cooperation with Kunsthalle Budapest
Ex libris d’un paintre - exhibition of Bazil Duliskovich, Reihe22 Galerie, Stuttgart, 2006
City/Landscape/Intervention, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, 2006, co-curated with Susanne Gamauf, In cooperation with Fotogalerie Wien and Lumen Foundation
Montevideo. Works from the collection of Netherlands Media Art Institute - Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, 2005, screening program, curated by Heiner Holtappels, In cooperation with C3 Center for Culture & Communication
István Nádler. Hommage à György Ligeti’80, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, 2004
Video-Forum. Selected Works from the collection of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Video-Forum, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, 2004, screening program, curated by Kathrin Becker, In cooperation with Goethe-Institut Budapest
Exhibition of the Photograph Paul Almasy – Selected works of the Collection of AKG Berlin, Ernst Museum, 2001