Mark Fridvalszki: An Out of this World Event IV.

Opening: 13 March 2019, Wednesday, 6PM

Opening speech: Ferenc Kömlődi (futurist, author)
Featuring by Aleksandr Delev and Zsolt Miklósvölgyi
On view until 10 April, 2019

"Between the techno-culture and the sixties, not only is the psychedelic attitude the only parallel. Such is the moral code of biblical religions based on prohibition mechanisms. (...) We live in the age of omnipotence, maximum profit, and the omnipotence of multinational companies. Knowledge-sharing reality: while multinationals and the Internet are building a supranational, global village, people in the periphery – in the name of nationalism – are shredded. While social inequalities are becoming more and more shocking, the advanced (northern) western hemisphere is in the midst of unprecedented material prosperity. (...) Here cyber-utopia, there leprosy. Undoubtedly, postmodern (high)technology, indirectly-direct, is salutary to everyone, but because of the enormous contrasts, the techno-culture that feels universal is only workable in reality beyond a given level of development. (...) Collective ideas were first replaced by the decadent individualism of the seventies, and then by the ultra conservatism of the eighties – Reagan and Thatcher. (...) The advances in information technology have quietly spilled into households, while television channels have continued to undergo electronic brainwashing to an unprecedented extent. Computers have opened up to each other to create an almost opaque system on today's web. (...) New principles were born: feedback, blurry, fractals and hypertext. (...) There are no alpha and omega points in this world, only perpetual ordinances, whether in a Derrick May composition, in an ecstasy movie, or in multimedia. (...) All of this brings a new cultural paradigm system. The paradigm system that spans straight into the millennium; once again, it will be a mainstream, so that the rebels of that time will find something completely new against it. If all this seems utopian in 1999, let's remember: no one around '65 thought how conservative pop culture would be in thirty years.

(Translated by Google!)

Ferenc Kömlődi: Cathedral of Light, 2001 (excerpt)