Has everything already happened?

Contemporary art stems from the tradition of what was created in the past, becomes part of its continuum. Artists feel an urge to create new trends, genres, directions, but is it possible? Can one produce an absolutely original work of art. There is no doubt that we are not witnessing a breakthrough period as it was the case in the beginning of the 20th century or in the 1960s or 1970s. Successive new versions of what was created in the past enter the art scene. Due to international communication, globalization of culture and new technologies unusual possibilities open up.  Plagiarism is a separate issue – to what extent referring to earlier existing works is creative and to what imitation and abuse.  Artists invited to participate in the 9th edition of the Contest will be meditating on these and related issues.

Curator: Małgorzata Sady


post scriptum:

The desert grows, woe to him who bears desert within himself (F.Nietzsche)

Art must first be totally despised, it must first be thought totally pointless, before it can once more come into its own. (Ph.O.Runge)

I have seldom seen so much inventiveness combined with so little talent. (L.K.)

Kitsch is always in the process of escaping into rationality. (H.Broch)

Dada fell like a raindrop from Heaven. The Neo-Dadaists heave learned to imitate the fall, but not the raindrop. (R.Hausmann)

The new art is a contribution to art criticism. (H.Rosenberg)

Like a joke without humour, told over and over again until it begins to sound like a threat. (ibid.)

Advertising art which advertises itself as art that hates advertising. (ibid)

No such permanence, only becoming


No such permanence, only becoming’ is a curatorial project considering impermanence in its cultural, economic, environmental, personal and political terms. Directly citing Alexander Trocchi’s 1962 essay, ‘The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds’, the project invites artists to explore ephemerality as a way to ‘reject the conventional fiction of ‘unchanging human nature.’’ Given apparently increasing and persistent uncertainty in the post-millennial world, however, do we still value and understand impermanence as we have done in the past? How do we reflect upon the radical impermanence of belief systems, political frameworks, collective morality or environmental extinction and irreversible collapse? In what senses can impermanence still be valued as an avantgarde strategy against hegemonic orthodoxy, as an impactful critique of economic commodification and materialism? We invite artists taking a performative and self-reflexive approach to working across a range of media to create cross-disciplinary and hybrid art practice to respond to the dilemma and opportunity of impermanence in the early 21st century.


co-curators : Judit Bodor, Roddy Hunter (Hungary/Scotland)