The Archive is an ongoing project by Tamás Páll, Viktor Szeri and Gyula Muskovics that was first premiered as an online livestream performance in 5 acts hosted by PLACCC Festival.
The point of departure in The Archive is the increased presence of predictions and future visions in everyday life. These visions conceal utopias and dystopias, desires, promises, fears and paranoia that the artists aim to document in a series of performances. The Archive is created in the attraction of various "Future Events", that are incomprehensible to the human intellect. It captures the looped rehearsals and endless choreographies of the preparation for the unknown. It is a series of time capsules encompassing the anxieties, the simultaneous presence of good and evil, life and death, progress and destruction, experienced in the shadow of the different future variations.
Created and performed by: Viktor Szeri, Tamás Páll, Gyula Muskovics
Music: András Molnár, Tamás Marquetant
The Archive II - Beyond installation and opening performance at the group exhibition MMM @Art Quarter Budapest
"We descend hand-in-hand to the heart of the mountain, leaving any emotions behind. The familiar pathways of the mind lead to a wet, deep, warm darkness. Our trail is paved by a thin, reflective membrane — we fall into a time-trap as we cross it. We enter ourselves as we set foot "out there". It happens to us but we do it to ourselves. We freeze the future and melt the past, then in reverse. The pick-up is jumping back and forth on the nonlinear timeline of our memory. Tissues of intricately twirled, dystopian fragments emerge: familiar forms of madness, pleasurable traces of decay. We hide in the details, read among the lines, but the image remains undecipherable."
Photos by David Biró
Livestreamed in 5 acts on 13th of July 2020 hosted by PLACCC Festival Budapest