KÉP KLUB is an international group of
uniformed ‘art workers’ who who first formed in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. The
three artists: Amy, Kieran, and Rob use expanded drawing, photographic and
installation practices to create site responsive, often public, artworks in the
context(s) they find themselves in. Adopting a methodology of collecting images
and stories KÉP KLUB works to question the role of the contemporary artist,
their context and the relationship between artist and audience. Who is the ‘art
worker’, what value does a community assign them, and how can they collaborate
(or work together).
KÉP KLUB invited the people of Zalaegerszeg
to donate a space or object of their choosing. Surfaces included, but were not limited to, walls, garage doors, fences or objects such as a bicycle or an item of clothing. After a site visit and interview the artists design colours and imagery specific to the individual or family in their own artistic style. In this way KÉP KLUB becomes not only a collaboration between the three artists, but also a collaboration with the local community. In an attempt to understand this unknown environment, the artists create a new connection with the places and people they meet.
To be human is to live in a world that is filled with significant places: to be human is to know your place.
Through observation and documentation, Jana and Marko focus their attention on traffic, space, and density of people in the streets of Lendava. Their project is, therefore, responding to everyday inhabitation of places and their experience of this location. They reflect on these different kinds of behavior from a view of an outsider through a number of various works; proposing a different way of seeing a town.
URBAN CONTEXT An interactive drawing illustrates a physical city of roads, buildings, parks, and related infrastructure. The density of traffic and usage of cars is changing the face of the city. A decision of using a vehicle is in everyday life almost unconscious. The urban context is pinpointing four main places, Parking lots, main streets, by-streets, roundabouts/crossroads. Gathered information documents, but at the same time recreates into something more physical through the use of maps, drawings, and strings, which help to enhance this.
HUMAN CONTEXT Spirit of the place goes beyond the built environment. A mosaic reflects how a town functions in ‘real-time’, in terms of everyday life. The main protagonists are people and their consciousness which is occupying a space in the given moment. It creates a new place, a conceptual one – A place is not just a location, it is an experience of it. A feeling is not just a response, it is an action.
UNTITLED A video describes a way of looking at the environment in Lendava. Using static video frames of nature, which is visually a major portion of the town, while alternately there are sounds of cars and traffic. This represents only a small excerpt of everyday life, suggesting and presenting a view of our unawareness, obvious of what is there and stays almost unnoticed.
PLACE/EXPERIENCE The installation represents a connection to the place and simultaneously it is a point in a place. Four circles represent different relationships we unconsciously have to the places we inhabit. A location, non-place, private space, and nature. Each space is gaining its importance on our personal concept. Therefore the installation is representing a moment in an artist’s life, where the studio is an important space, but for each person, it could be different. In someone’s garden, living room, shop, office, woods, etc.