*1987 in Berlin
2008-14: Intermedia Art, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest
2009-19: Fine Art, Berlin University of the Arts
2019-20: 'Meisterschülerin', Berlin University of the Arts
2019: AIR - Artist in residence Niederösterreich, Krems an der Donau (AUT)
2017: BARTR Art Residency, Budapest (HUN)
In this work, I deploy an algorithm for stereoscopic street imaging in order to trace my daily commute between my home, my school and my grandmother´s place in the city of Budapest. The 3,267 footsteps of my route are quantified in some 2,100 stitched images, rendering an animated 3D-simulation of my everyday perspective. By default of the used technology, most ephemeral phenomena (people, cars, clouds etc.) efface in the course of digital reprocessing. Captured life becomes reduced to computable coordinates of motionless, inanimate figurations. Yet what is uncaptured still lurks in the form of blank spots, faint shades and ghostly silhouettes. As a result a world is recreated that oscillates between high-resolution images, disintegrating shapes and wayward transmutations. This form of virtualised subjectivity is contrasted with an intimate narrative about the vistas of my daily route.
Maria Josefin Margarete
The installation leads through the life stories of my great-grandmother, grandmother and great-aunt. Using recurring motifs, the work reconstructs the individual destinies of the three women. Although separated from each other by different epochs, regimes and national borders, they are linked with each other by formative life events and places. Besides war, flight and womanhood, it is above all the Danube, Central Europe’s great mother river, that places their destinies in an imagined and a real connection. Change and recurrence, two essential qualitites of the river, also characterise the non-linear narration of the work. It tells of the cyclical process in the emergence and experience of formative events, their passing on through memory and their eventual repetition.