Endre Tót - Gladness Demo | FILM, DVD premier

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FILM and DVD premiere

premier: 6pm 11th of December 2017.

Endre Tót’s ZERODemo organized in Budapest in 2013 had a special resonance through the public. The crowd of the demonstration – mostly consisting of fellow artists and intellectuals – marched between two of the city’s highly symbolic spaces: Hero’s Square and Vigadó Square. Participants were holding plain white banners that didn’t picture anything obsolete, only zeros as enigmatic, vacant messages. These banners are similar to other works of the artist: his empty picture plains and unreadable text-works, fractured with zeros and slashes. The gestures of radical emptying and concious act of saying nothing infinitely expands the semantical openness of Tót’s work. Hence the numb, though eloquent pieces gain relevance in every occasion – such as in cases of other anti-demonstrations organised by the artist in Amsterdam (1979), Bonn (1980), Paris (1980), Viersen (1980), Oxford (1991), London (2000), Belgrad (2006), Debrecen (2012), Budapest (2013), Köln (2015) and Hamburg (2015). The tautological messages and the unsettling, yet suggestive sight of the zeros are always open to different interpretations  referring to the current situation – reading between the lines and suspecting the political even in lack of the political. In frame of the 2017 OFF Biennale Budapest Endre Tót organized the dialectic pedant of ZEROdemo: Gladnes demo. The title peculiarly rhymes wih the biennale’s central topic (Gaudiopolis – The City of Joy). Though the route is the same, it is twisted, just as the buzzword of the demonstration. Absence and happiness are inseperable elements in the oeuvre of Endre Tót. The tautologically repeated joy-sentences filled with bitter humour and subtle irony, demonstrate the absence of joy and the joy of absence at the same time. The sentences, noting the (real or fictional) joy that one feels over everyday life are gaining different meanings in the context of the Kádár-regime in the 1970’s, in a Western-capitalist city or in 2010’s Hungary. In 2017, people of the Gladness demo raise their own joyful portraits overhead. They show the monumental pictures as icons – invoking both ritual pageants and political processions. So as the empty messages, the photo-portraits of average people also turn political slogans and propaganda inside out. Endre Tót implemented the demonstration in collaboration with young artists in 2013 as well – pointing out that the ideas regarding joy and vacancy coined in the spirit of fluxus haven’t lost any of it’s novelty and validity. The actions of Endre Tót – comparable with works of Öyvind Fahlström, Braco Dimitrijević and others – are important events of public spaces around the world, that never remain without an echo. These messages – seemingly empty and meaningless – are filled with real problems and doubts of the viewer: thus the demonstrations become timeless reflection of all societies. –  Dávid Fehér

photo: Aaron Ganz 

photo: Aaron Ganz 

photo: Aaron Ganz 

photo: Aaron Ganz 

photo: Aaron Ganz 

photo: Aaron Ganz 

photo: Aaron Ganz 

photo: Aaron Ganz 

 

special thanks: László Bártfai 

 

more pictures of the premier here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TelepGaleria/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1803703882973779

fb event of the premier: https://www.facebook.com/events/488632024870633/