press release

The October show of the Interval series turns to the overlaps of contemporary visual art and design, focusing in particular on typography as a visual language. Co-organized with tranzit.hu, the international exhibit will have three venues: Labor, Dorottya Gallery and Platán Gallery.

How does critical design emerge, this attempt to counter consumer culture with a socially critical consciousness, with the intention not only to serve customers, but also to shape visual culture, even the whole of culture and society? A utopian approach to design first appeared in the modernist movements, questioning the ornamental function of design and lining it up for social/political goals. The sixties and seventies saw the appearance of anti-design; as a means of expressing a critical attitude, more and more artists turned to amateur, DIY solutions. Today, the design elements that were originally created out of political and social commitment have become freely interchangeable stylistic elements, devices of marketing, making the political decoding and conscious use of the diverse visual idioms as the possible avenue for the critical approach. The exhibition presents the historical and contemporary projects and publications from the boundary of design and the visual arts in three groups: Typographical utopias, Parallel design, Subversive design.

The three-part display will be accompanied by programmes, further information on which can be found at www.tranzit.org and www.metatron.sh/koztesido.

tranzit.hu – The Tranzit contemporary art event is supported by Erste Bank Group. The exhibition and the event series are part of the international project Art Always Has Its Consequences, which receives a grant from the Culture 2007 programme of the European Union.

The other venues of the exhibition: Labor (V. Képíró u 6.) – 2009.október 14 – november 15. Platán Galéria (VI. Andrássy út 32.) 2009. október 22 – november 27.
Curators: Angel Judit, Hegyi Dóra, László Zsuzsa
Partners: tranzit.hu, Labor, Polish Institute in Budapest, Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development Supporters: Ministry of Education and Culture Hungary; National Cultural Fund;
Andreas Fogarasi, Kassák Lajos, Moholy-Nagy László, Société Réaliste, Boris Ondreicka, Katarina Sevic, Mladen Stilinovic, other artists and publications

Interval: TYPOPASS.
Critical design and conceptual typography.
Organisation: tranzit. hu; Dorottya Gallery (Műcsarnok)
Ort: Dorottya Gallery

Künstler: Andreas Fogarasi, Kassak Lajos, László Moholy-Nagy, Société Réaliste , Boris Ondreicka, Katarina Sevic, Mladen Stilinovic ...