Bálint Rádóczy: Mic vogmuc (What we are) (detail) (2012)
1 channel video loop projection, 20 minutes, with sound from headphones
The piece shows plastic garbage held captive in a vortex, as recorded from the Ponte Sisto, a footbridge in Rome’s historic centre, spanning the river Tiber. The title stems from “Funeral Sermon and Prayer”, the oldest known and surviving contiguous Hungarian text.
(…) “a mass of empty blue, yellow and green plastic bottles and a few soccer balls churn at the base of a river waterfall, constantly tossed about, shifting, morphing but still held together by the counter force of the foaming water. The cycle becomes a mantra, Rádóczy’s devotionals to trash turning to an activation of our own peripheral moments. As in the pointless process of the herded bottles, his gatherings of non-events restlessly keep seeking a definition of quotidian poetry. If, as the narrator of Chris Marker’s La Jetée (1962) asserts, ‘Nothing tells memories from ordinary moments. Only later do they claim remembrance on account of their scars,’ then Rádóczy finds evidence of the small accruals of that scarring in each passing moment.”
Chris Fite-Wassilak, 2013