Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Everyday
is a group exhibition with an international scope, a commitment that reflects on today’s pressing global issues. The current logic of our world, the existing social & economic system and the market-consumer culture have caused serious environmental problems. The approach they are based upon is in crisis, and current practices cannot provide real solutions to excessive waste production and overconsumption, and to keep the exploitation of natural resources under control.
The slow approach represents a need to rethink existing structures and reorganize established practices in the fields of society, economy and everyday life alike. Its essence can be best expressed by consciousness and critical attitude, which bring forth more and more possible alternatives, from permaculture farming to zero-waste household, from voluntary simplicity to the concept of a no-growth economy.
The beginnings of the Slow Revolution date back to the 1980s, to the protest against fast-food restaurants, which drew attention to the importance of healthy, quality food from local source. Carlo Petrini’s gastronomic initiative has expanded into a global movement over the decades, spanning many areas from work to travel and from design to media consumption. However, the exhibition does not focus on the ‘slow living’ movements so popular today, some of which limit their activities to offering new products and services for sale.
Rather, it presents alternative practices, everyday “revolutions”, gentle or even radical approaches that challenge the existing growth- and profit-oriented system, show a way out of the consumption spiral, or represent an attitude based on the momentum instead of a busy life-style. The broad spectrum of genres on display includes artworks based on critical thinking, while others offer utopic models for future challenges, or encourage us to change our art consumption habits, as well as the clichés of perception and reception in connection with art.
The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the environmental impacts and exploitative practices that have led to the current global environmental, economic and social problems. Our other main objective is to provide a broader platform for artistic positions, which emphasize sustainability and offer alternative lifestyles.
In the course of this five-month exhibition, many events, workshops and discussions will take place inside the museum and outside the city as well. Once a month, we will hold an interdisciplinary theme day to focus on most crucial issues (nutrition, fashion and clothing industry, zero-waste household), with the participation of experts in the field or in the form of practical, knowledge-sharing workshops.
The exhibition is organized by the curatorial team of the Ludwig Museum.
(Csizek Petra, Jan Elantkowski, Készman József, Petró Zsuzska, Popovics Viktória, Üveges Krisztina)
Exhibiting artists: Bartha Gabó, Benczúr Emese, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Ursula Biemann & Paulo Tavares, Erdei Krisztina, ex-artists' collective (Kaszás Tamás – Loránt Anikó), Manfred Erjautz, Horváth Gideon, Oto Hudec, Kaszás Tamás, Koronczi Endre, Lakner Antal, Diana Lelonek, Petra Maitz, Mátyási Péter, Oliver Ressler, Schuller Judit Flóra, Szabó Eszter Ágnes & Syporca Whandal, Süveges Rita, Lois Weinberger, Zilahi Anna