PANNONHALMA INSTALLATION II - Little peace in F minor
PUBLISHED: domus, OCTOGON, Új Művészet
Project: Exhibition and installation for the theme “forest”
Location: Archabbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary
Architects of the installation: Dániel Baló, Dániel Eke, Zoltán Kalászi
Graphic Designer of the exhibition: Nikolett Pálinkás
Construction team: Daniel Balo, Tamas Bene, Daniel Eke, Mate Gadolla, Zoltan Kalaszi, Moni Kovacs, Balazs Mate, Nora Szuts, Eszter Takacs, Veronika Toldi, Daniel Toos
Gross Floor Area: 300 sqm
Functional Period: 23 – 25th of August, 2013 / Arcus Temporum Festival
Photographs: Tamás Bujnovszky
Words: Viktoria Szepvolgyi
4 500 m2 of Raschel mesh, 140 pieces of light bulbs, 160 meters of galvanized chain link fence, 600 meters of sewing. The heroic creative process refers to 4 young Hungarian artists and a 3 day contemporary art festival.
Benedictines’ refined taste in contemporary art could gain an impressive effect not just on the edge-cutting, up-to-date new interior of Pannonhalma Archabbey – a historical monument formed in 996 –, but even on the Arcus Temporum contemporary art festival which is hosted by the Archabbey.
The festival delivers the latest pieces of music, dance, theater, fine-art and film, wrapped in the dress of iconic installations. Arcus Temporum is organized for the 10th a sophisticated selection of the hottest art pieces for the widest public. In 2012 the international architecture media recognized the ethereal fabric installation by Dániel Baló, Dániel Eke and Zoltán Kalászi for the festival’s temporary concert hall, made of geotextile. This year the same Hungarian creators composed an imaginary forest atmosphere out of the Benedictine High
School’s average gym, creating the third dimension of the graphics exhibited by Nikolett Pálinkás, graphic designer.
The exhibition space located in the basement consists of a foreground as a “tune-up” room and the gym hall which present the graphically manipulated photos of a forest, printed on 2 m x 2,5 m transparent plastic boards.
“Though these two rooms opening into each other clearly has a visual connection, the concept enables an inverse structure: the foreground serves as a filter, presenting a high-density of wild grown, illuminated, vertical bodies through which the visitor need find her/his way and the exhibition hall where this “noise” of nature became silent and the installation serves as a curtain around the hanged graphics. This means that at the point of the arrival you walk – or climb – into the topic which is presented later at the exhibition hall. The choice of the material was crucial during the design. We knew Raschel mesh from construction sites and experienced its behavior as an interesting textile, a material which contributes to an interference of light and shadow effects, mainly when the mesh is moved by wind. Therefore we were engaged not just by the unique texture of the material (and the challenging idea to transform it into a forest) but also imagined the volume having a continuously moving, natural effect. Besides the project was “budget-wise” enjoyed the benefit of recycling: the organizers could re-use the 4 500 m2 material at the local garden.” – added the architects of the project.