Dora Budor “Spring”

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

poster for Dora Budor “Spring”
[Image: © Dora Budor, 2015. Photography made in collaboration with Robert Kulisek.]

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Swiss Institute presents Spring, the first institutional solo exhibition of New York-based Croatian artist Dora Budor (b. 1984). Through her work, Budor considers the representation of emotional and physical experience within the ideological subtexts of mainstream cinema. She focuses in particular on Hollywood production methods and special effects, where ideas transfer between states of materialization, fictionalization and digitalization. Using cinematic strategies of affect, Budor composes sculptures and architectural interventions that organically incorporate screen-used cinema props. She calls this process “reanimation,” acknowledging the objects’ fictional histories while re-contextualizing them in a second life.

Conceived as a hybrid of heating infrastructure and blood vessels, Budor’s sculptures at Swiss Institute wrap around architectural miniatures originally featured in the blockbuster films The Fifth Element, Batman Returns, and Johnny Mnemonic. These structures, covered with artificial weathering, dust, and dirt, become real-life fossils of on-screen experiences. In acts of architectural concrescence, mutation, and circulation, the works hover on the edge of living as autonomous objects with death drives.

Of the surrounding blackness, Budor states: “Spurred by climate change, bacteria have reappeared on some of the world’s oldest mummies, rapidly decomposing their ancient skin into black slime. Once understood as stable, rigid and dead, biological and ecological forces have suddenly revived these deeply historical bodies in a Frankensteinian way – a symbolic indication of the current moment.”

Dora Budor (b. 1984 in Croatia) lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Inhuman at Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2015); DIDING – An Interior That Remains an Exterior? at Künstlerhaus KM–, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria (2015); The Architect’s Plan, His Contagion and Sensitive Corridors at New Galerie, Paris (2015); Believe You Me at 247365, New York (2015); and Flat Neighbors at Rachel Uffner, New York (2014). Budor recently participated in panel discussions at the Judd Foundation and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York. She is a winner of the Rema Hort Emerging Art Award (2014) and is co-director of the project space Grand Century in New York.



from June 24, 2015 to July 24, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-06-23 from 18:00 to 20:00


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