Martin Balint Feeding Idle

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Martin Balint Feeding Idle

Galeria creart
Piața Lahovari nr. 7, București

08 februarie – 4 martie 2018

Vernisaj: 08 februarie 2018, 19.00

Curator: Răzvan Ion

“Feeding Idle” este un proces sistematic de ansamblare a unui singur obiect repetat in mod obsesiv pentru a obtine o ritmică mentală ritualică. “Feeding Idle” cercetează minuțios hibridizarea identității unui obiect, prin replicarea acestuia într-o cadență cvasi-iconografică. Tetina de silicon își anulează caracterul util de obiect folosit in hranirea nou-născutilor și devine componenta unui mecanism semiotic.” (Martin Balint)

“Serialitatea devine concept. Balint ne amintește că modul de reproducere a obiectelor industrial fabricate este un act de critică a supraviețurii prin capitalism. Obiectele aparent banale devin operă de artă, ne amintesc de schimbarea modului de analiză și ne ridică semne de întrebare. Semne de întrebare care devin baza gândirii critice și a practicii artistice a lui Martin Balint.” (Răzvan Ion, extras din textul “Martin Balint – Feeding Idle”)

Martin Balint este artist și designer. A studiat New Technologies for the Arts la Accademia di Belle Arti în Veneția. A primit National Art Prize of MIUR în 2003 (Italia) și grant-ul Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation în 2004. A participar în evenimente colaterale la Biennale di Venezia în 2005 și 2007, la OPEN – International exhibition of sculptures and installations (edițiile 11, 12 și 14) și la Manifesta 7 (2008). A fost pe lista scurtă a Arte Laguna Prize (2008) și Francesco Fabbri Art Prize (2014) – unde a primit mențuinea juriului. A primit un grant al Muzeului Național de Artă Contemporană București pentru expoziția SenzArt în 2014. În același an i-a fost decernat premiul Internetics pentru Best Interactive Brand Experience and Best Use of Technology. Martin Balint este unul dintre fondatorii grupului artistic CREAM (Creativity And Research in Arts and Media). Trăiește și locuiește la București.

Răzvan Ion este artist, curator și teoretician. A expus în cadrul Bucharest Biennale, Poznan Biennial, SKC Gallery- Belgrade, National Museum of Art – Cluj, ICA – Bucharest, NY Experimental Festival, InterFACES – Bangkok, Centro Cultural del Matadero – Huesca, International Photo Ljubljana, CCA Ekaterinburg, National Museum of Art – Timișoara, ICA Budapest, New Langton – San Francisco, Constanța Art Museum etc. A fost profesor asociat la University of California, Berkeley; Lisbon University; Central University of New York; University of London; Sofia University; University of Kiev; etc. A ținut conferințe și prelegeri în cadrul a diferite instituții de artă precum Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Vienna; Art in General, New York; Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Casa Encedida, Madrid etc. A publicat în diverse cărți și reviste. Prima carte de artist i-a fost publicată în anul 2004. A editat mai multe reviste și cărți cea mai recentă fiind “Architectural Economy of a Biennial”. Este profesor la Universitatea din București unde predă studii curatoriale și gândire critică. Recent a fost numit curator al Bucharest Biennale 8, alături de Beral Madra.

Organizat de Primăria București prin creart
Graphic design: Theodor Moise
Mulțumiri Teatrelli

Imagine: Martin Balint, Feeding Idle, different media, 3×4 m, 2018.

Martin Balint
Feeding Idle

creart Gallery
Piața Lahovari nr. 7, București

February 08 – March 4, 2018

Opening: February 08 2018, 19.00

Curator: Răzvan Ion

„Feeding Idle is a systematic process of assembling a single object, obsessively repeated in order to achieve a ritualistic inward rhythm. Feeding Idle meticulously investigates the identity hybridisation of an object, by replicating it in a quasi-iconographic cadence. The silicone nipple, a device used to feed new-born babies, loses its own functional purpose and becomes an integral part of a semiotic mechanism.” (Martin Balint)

„Seriality is being turned into a concept. Balint reminds us that the course of reproducing the industrially manufactured objects is an act of criticism on surviving through capitalism. The apparently prosaic objects develop into works of art and remind us of the change in the analysis by raising multiple questions. Questions that become the basis of critical thinking. Balint is an artist acting as an intermediator.” (Răzvan Ion)

Martin Balint is an artist with interest in new media installations. He received his bachelor’s degree and MA (2nd degree specialization) in New Technologies for the Arts within Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. He has won the National Art Prize of MIUR in 2003 (Italy), the grant of the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in 2004. He has participated in collateral events of the Biennale di Venezia in 2005 and 2007, OPEN – International exhibition of sculptures and installations (10th, 11th and 14th edition) and Manifesta 7 (2008). He is also a finalist of the Arte Laguna Prize (2008) and Francesco Fabbri Art Prize (2014), winning the Jury Mention. He won the grant of the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Bucharest for the SenzArt exhibition in 2014. The same year he also won two Internetics awards for Best Interactive Brand Experience and Best Use of Technology. Martin Balint is one of the founders of the international art group CREAM (Creativity And Research in Arts and Media).

Răzvan Ion is an artist, curator, and theoretician. He exhibited at Bucharest Biennale, Poznan Biennial, SKC Gallery- Belgrade, National Museum of Art – Cluj, ICA – Bucharest, NY Experimental Festival, InterFACES – Bangkok, Centro Cultural del Matadero – Huesca, International Photo Ljubljana, CCA Ekaterinburg, National Museum of Art – Timișoara, ICA Budapest, New Langton – San Francisco, Constanța Art Museum etc. He was an associate professor at University of California, Berkeley; Lisbon University; Central University of New York; University of London; Sofia University; University of Kiev; etc. He has held conferences and lectures at different art institutions like Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Vienna; Art in General, New York; Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Casa Encedida, Madrid etc. He published in different books, published an artist book and worked as editor of several other books, including the most recent “Architectural Economy of a Biennial”. He was a professor at the University of Bucharest where he teached Curatorial Studies and Critical Thinking. Recently he was appointed the curator of Bucharest Biennale 8, together with Beral Madra.

Organized by Bucharest City Counciltrought creart
Graphic design: Theodor Moise
Special thanks Teatrelli Bucharest

Image: Martin Balint, Feeding Idle, different media, 3×4 m, 2018.

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