It’s a taboo, and we don’t often talk about it, but contemporary art is just boring as hell. It’s an exclusivist bubble, an elitist microcosm in which some people use art to solidify their social status, notoriety, influence, power… Since conceptualism became the dominant trend, artists make art that very often only educated people can understand. A socially mixed audience definitely needs the help of “riddle solvers” (descriptive text, guided tours…), translating abstract “riddles” into a language that everybody can understand. Contemporary art that can only be received through mediation are not for the general public, but for a privileged segment of society.
Museum pedagogy is a business that tries to convince you that if you don’t understand art, it’s because you are lacking something: knowledge, tools, references, taste (!)… So basically it’s your “fault”. But what if it was the “fault” of the artists who are not taught to create in a way that is directly accessible to a wider audience without the help of “riddle solvers”? If we admit this as an option, we acknowledge that there might be a problem with the system where artists learn how to make art, that there might be a problem with art education. The “School of Disobedience” is an attempt to reinvent it.
"Born in Budapest (Hungary), in 1983, and graduated from the ENSAPC Art School (France) in 2016, I am working with art as a means of connection and with education as a means of activism. I am making full evening pieces and short-format performances, holding multi-sensorial political soft-spaces, creating immersive choreographic experiences, and building rebellious communities. In the past 8 years, I dreamed up the School of Disobedience, founded an artist collective then my own performance art company (Gray Box), launched an annual festival (Wildflowers), exhibited in a toilet, performed in a boxing ring, curated in an elevator, gave lectures in a techno club, run classes in a hammam... I like everything that is unusual, unexpected, and nonconformist. I am not kind with assholes and learned how to follow my own path. I think the party is outside the canon."