Beata Szechy

2001 Ludwig Museum

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Floppy Flowers
Floppy flowers installation
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Ludwig Museum, Budapest

What is on the Floppy?

 

Beata Szechy introduced her works, rather sculpturs entitled “Outside-Inside”  at Dorottya Gallery.  Usually the book is a high level intellectual work, but can be an esthetic object, too.  Szechy's project further makes it stronger as a three dimensional life of the book and at the same time kept the inside meaning.  The titles of the object are the same as the original book titles, so the information of the book is part of the art work.

 

Time is changing.  The global world is changing from the Guttenberg-galaxies, the high tech revolution re-organize our life and with smaller-bigger opposition we expect it. There are new ways to store information.  One of the most common information storage is the floppy disk, that soon much higher techniques will follow.  One floppy disk can storage 1,44 MB information, means that a middle sized Dosztojevszkij fit on it.  A book shipping can be uncomfortable, but a floppy disk fit in a narrow pocket, so it is very practical.  It is light, has no special smell and has no cultural history.  The floppy disk has no vanity, easily can end up in the garbage, not as a book.  (But sometimes the book end up in fire and the censor-writers warmed next to it and dreamed about the perfect future).

 

Interesting, the computer and their rounding just slowly spread between the designers.  Szechy's work at the Ludwig Museum prove that the floppy can be personal and be part of the visual world:  on the floppies she printed flowers.  So, the floppy function has changed from a digital information to an object.  The artist found a new function for the floppy and the interesting thing is not what it is, rather what is on the disk.

 

Szechy created a rectangle pedestal (27 square meter) on top of which are 1,452 large sized floppy disks in perfect symmetry.  On the discs are the same rose motifes in different variations.  There are none the same are the others.  The enormous, elegant mosaics are a rose garden, a peaceful nature artistic interpretation.  This is the installation’s top level.  Under this picture are the soft, plastic pieces where the information is stored, looks like as the art cover up the information.  Under the soft pieces small, red light come through which in rhyme turns softer and stronger.  Follow the artist's heart bits or may   Îbe a music of wind blows that we cannot perceive.  Surely, this light is coming from somewhere deep, from a secret world.  The mysteries of the room's light and the background sound are intended to inhance the miracle feeling.   The background voices are from a beautiful field with animal sound (Dr. 

Mihaly Orszag sound collection).

 

The installation is poetic , and next to it there is the pop-culture, too.  The silk screen printing was a typical pop-art technique, at the same time this work is ironic and sends a message to the computer artists that still the high tech can be as visual as a piece in art.

 

This work is at the same time bitter and happy.  It is not bland, not obtrusted, and not just an idea.

 

(Ludwig Museum 07-09/16, 2001)

by Hemrik Laszlo