ALERT studio (Pink Code), Bucharest: Cut & Paste Histories

ALERT studio (Pink Code) | Artist: Aurora Kiraly | May 7 – May 22 | 2015
Opening: May 7, 2015 | 7 PM



Cut & Paste Histories
Curator: Raluca Ilaria Demetrescu


In the Viewfinder series that is presented in this exhibition, Aurora Király ”re-reads”, from the present perspective, photographs that she took almost two decades ago.
The viewfinder is a device on the camera that allows the user to select what the end image will show. Using a similar temporal viewfinder, the artist frames fragments from a past reality into an abstract recent fiction.


This joining explores multiple parameters: the way in which an image from the past is perceived in the present, different ways in which one can ”capture” a situation using photography or sketching, the tactility of the surfaces, the relation between bi and tridimensional, etc.


One of the challenges of the Viewfinder series was making variable sketches, where one can periodically interfere and change the work with simple folding, translation, openings, closings that can alter the assembly.
The powerful lines and the architectural plans of the assembly make predominant use of folding with a double justification: the modal fold, as an extension of modulating photography into sketch and vice versa, and the functional fold as an articulation between bi and tridimensional.
It’s almost as if someone from the past is trying to imitate future technology using the means and materials within their reach. What comes out is a simulacrum of that technology, a „cheap imitation” à la John Cage. But at the same time, the work becomes an intimate, naïve and pauper object that is profoundly subjective and humanized. Through the narrow slit of the double fold, we are invited to voyeurism and an upside-down skeuomorphism.


ALERT studio functions as a pop-up-gallery.


Exhibition on view: May 7 – May 22. Visits will be programmed by e-mail.


ALERT studio is an independent project initiated by Raluca Demetrescu Alina Buga and Catalin Burcea in order to create a platform of research and promotion of contemporary artistic production. Taking on the function of alaboratory space, Studio Alert proposes a meeting between artists, ideas, directions and speeches from different areas of conceptual and cultural spaces. Critical thinking and interrogation are important and valued as research methods in the contemporary cultural and artistic field.
ALERT studio stands as a gallery project, connecting three areas of artistic exploration – PINK | RED | WHITE – into one space. But these coordinates do not mean indexing, labeling and restriction. They may intersect, combine in new shades, and may always communicate and trigger debates.