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Stored City no. 2

2012-13

As a visual artist I’m interested in the subjective preservation and transformation of the images of a city, and the ways in which we store the experienced spaces in our memory, manipulate them in this store, and connect them with the traces of other places.

The Elevator is a new motif in this work. It was a huge grain warehouse built in the late 19th century. In its golden age it was the second largest grain warehouse of the world, and was called ’the Eiffel Tower of Budapest’, but a few decades later it became ’the terrible crypt’ of the city. Situated at the bank of the Danube and pierced by many rails, the building made easier loading and unloading wagons and boats. (At the beginning of the 20th century 2300 wagons of grain were stocked in the Elevator, but by the 30’s the amount was reduced to 200.) Damaged by bombs during the World War II it was destroyed thereafter. Now Nehru-park is situated on the site with no traces of the former warehouse.

The Elevator allows us to associate the memory-topic with the images of storing, and it offers visual elements related to the traumas of the age (for example wagon, grain – the latter having been the most important treasure of Hungary before the loss of great parts of its territory in 1920).

I re-created the false traces of the warehouse by filling the splits of the pavement with grains in its former place, and drawing pseudo-illustrations for a book written by Christian Ulrich, the creator of the Elevator. Some of these graphics were drawn on maps of the 1930’s. The installation also included copies of photographs and original documents about the warehouse.

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