Artist in Residence March: Gergely Hory
Artist Gergerly Hory (born in 1989 in Debrecen) from Hungary, is the new Artist in Residence at the quartier21 / MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. He studied architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) and at the Delft University of Technology. He is an active member of the Space Detournement Working Group (SDWG) as well as of the Studio of Young Artist Association (SYAA). In 2010 he was nominated for the Henkel Art.Award. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and research projects in Hungary and abroad both in group and individually.
The statement for his residency: “In my practice I usually deal with issues regarding human interactions with public space. Examination of factors that affect people’s perception and usage of public and institutional spaces plays a significant role in my solo and group projects (with the Space Detournement Working Group) as well.
Recently, I have been dealing with the extension of the possible fields of examination of our lived space with the role of virtual space. The influence of virtual space on our ‘real’ public and private spaces is constantly increasing. I want to examine how the growing presence of virtuality affects the usage and perception of the urban space and our whole physical existence.
While the user has the ability to move fast and produce activity in the virtual space immaterially, his or her presence in the physical space remains static. Can our activities become fully independent from our bodies? I want to observe this phenomenon, which is a result of the widespread distribution of different digital devices in our everyday lives. I hope I will have the opportunity to deeply research this topic and create tools and applications that manage to expand and redefine the possible ways of interactions of the human beings with the physical and virtual space.
I am sure that Vienna with its densely urbanized and technologically developed landscape would be a suitable scene to carry out my investigations in the form of on-site interventions and research-based design projects.”