Projects – Images. Notes to the connections of projection and avant-guarde art of the 1920s
Projection as a technical method to produce images and artworks has been existing long enough to develop certain conventions and modes of use. The invention of cinema happened almost parallel to the development of the psychoanalysis theories of Sigmund Freud. Projection became not only a word describing a technological process, but also of a mental activity, which can take place both in the artist and the spectator. Projection became also a tool for diverse artists and filmmakers of the the art avant-gardes of the 1920s. The search for aesthetics that could reflect the state of the contemporary society was paired with the striving for social change and progress, with plans, utopias, projects of a better society. Almost 100 years later, with my own artistic practice, I reflect upon the legacy of their visions and art. How far is the contemporary society dealing with the legacy of the modernity, of the striving for productivity, effectiveness and perfection today, in the, back then envisioned and now very present future?
Avant-garde. Europe. Installation. László Moholy-Nagy. Piet Zwart. Projection. 1920s.