Since the spread of digital technology, a number of artist generations have expressed their reaction to the newly appearing technologies – and their effects on visual culture – in their art practice.
The ‘90s saw the emergence of an artist generation in Hungary that was open to experimenting with new methods of image making. These artists – in response to the painting-dominated art of the preceding decade – positioned themselves through the varied use of media, and, within that, the utilization of digital technologies, which were becoming increasingly available (and which, viewed from today, can only be considered rudimentary).
Digital print, which then counted as a novelty, as well as images created with the help of computer programs and the digital manipulation of photographs, opened new horizons in image making. This meant, on the one hand, the artistic employment of newly appearing technical possibilities, and, on the other, a new perspective taking shape around these new technologies, which then also manifested in works produced through analogue means.
The exhibition features one older and one recent work by 7 artists, tracing the contours of a striking phenomenon of Hungarian art in the ‘90s and its consequences as they have appeared through individual artistic practices. The exhibition is rendered timely by the altered vantage point of our “post-digital” age, which, through the showcased works, offers a freshly nuanced take on analogue-digital relations.