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A Cinematographic Music Event by László Gőz & Tibor Szemző

Monday, December 11, 2017 | 9 PM
Experimental Intermedia | 224 Centre St #3, New York
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Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center is pleased to announce the official closing events of its Counter/culture program series focusing on artistic resistance during the era of State Socialism in Hungary. The thematically linked events are all related to the exhibition With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies on show at Elizabeth Dee Gallery between May 2 and August 11, with the intention to present how varied and complex were the ways through Hungarian artists coped with an oppressive political system while struggling to maintain contact with the Western art world and carry on the broken legacy of pre-war Hungarian modern art. As an interpretation of the inherent dilemma of the era, both events are reflecting on artists either staying in a country which blocked free creative work or fleeing beyond the Iron Curtain to create art without the burden of censorship while loosing ties.

On December 11, Experimental Intermedia and HCC is co-presenting Night One of the closure events, featuring the FODDERBASIS TANDEM: LÁSZLÓ GŐZ (bass trumpet, sea shells) and TIBOR SZEMZŐ (films, music, narration, flutes) in a cinematographic music event at Experimental Intermedia's space. The Fodderbasis Tandem returns to New York for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of Experimental Intermedia and the group will pay homage to the Hungarian avant-garde film and music scene of the Sixties and Seventies.

Both artists are founders of the world-renowned Group 180, a former ensemble of Hungarian musicians dedicated to the performance of new music. Their duo presents performances where narrated texts, films and different layers of music all appear integrally. During the night, Szemző’s cinematographic compositions will be performed by Gőz and himself with incomparable 8mm films evoking the period of the Sixties and Seventies. Inspired by one of the greatest Hungarian authors of the time, Géza Ottlik, the piece That's What There Is will be performed just as some movements from Szemző’s most recent »K«engravings, which explores Kafka’s universe and Tractatus based on the thoughts of Ludwig Wittgenstein through the help of languages.

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About the Artists

László Gőz is a Hungarian jazz and contemporary classical artist, professor of music and producer is a well-known studio musician and has contributed to over a hundred albums. In 1996 he founded Budapest Music Center and in 1998 BMC Records, which has released about a hundred Hungarian contemporary, jazz, and classical albums up to now. In 2003 László Gőz was awarded with the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his work in the field of contemporary Hungarian music. As a musician, his collaborations have included work with Steve Reich, Petr Kotik, Alvin Curran, Chris Newman, Jiggs Wigham and Carl Fontana.

Tibor Szemző is a Hungarian composer, performer and media artist. A founding member of Group 180, he embarked on a solo career in 1983 and issued his first solo recording Snapshot from the Island in 1987. His other notable works include Ain't Nothing But a Little Bit of Music for Moving Pictures, The Conscience and the musical piece entitled Tractatus, inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein. Most of his albums were published in the UK. His award-winning feature A Guest of Life (2006) intermixing Super 8mm films and animation was shot in Tibet.

About the Exhibition

With the Eyes of Others: Hungarian Artists of the Sixties and Seventies presented more than one hundred works by thirty artists active in the Hungarian Neo-avant-garde in the latter half of the 20th Century. Organized by New York-based guest curator András Szántó, this was the first large-scale exhibition in the United States devoted to a fertile yet underappreciated period in Hungarian art. Against the backdrop of an authoritarian system, which placed strict ideological limits on free expression, this group of artists found diverse and inventive ways in which to encrypt and express powerful messages in the face of the constrained social, cultural, and political reality of their time.


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