OpZicht: Márton Kabai

The confession of the flesh

4 April -  13 May 2018
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday - Friday, 11-17 hrs; Saturday - Sunday, 12-17 hrs

Closed in the weekends 14-15 April, 28-29 April, 5-6 May, 12-13 May and on Sat. 19 May.

OpZicht is a presentation space in the lobby of Stroom Den Haag for newly registered artists from The Hague. The wall unit functions as a stand or platform where the artist can share his or her work, passion or interest with the audience. Each presentation runs for approximately 7 weeks.
Archive OpZicht presentations 2013-present

Márton Kabai (HU) is a graphic designer and artist based in The Hague. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) in 2017.

The following text is by the artist himself:

How to manifest the significance of the flesh in times of change? The transformation of the human condition is as certain as the ecological, political and social crises suggest. The current belief in human progress and exceptionalism has been questioned. We ought to exceed our anthropocentric view and remind ourselves that concepts, ideas are made out of flesh and bones. In my video installation, I try to confront the mind with the matter through the unconscious to embrace the disconnection between them. I attempt to remind what we have been forgetting and altering is not only the environment (outer) but our very self (inner). What we take for granted is eventually in a constant, ongoing change.

The confession of the flesh is a video installation that departs from the posthuman theory, placing catastrophe, crisis, decay as a defining condition in today's pessimistic techno-capitalist status quo. It attempts to envision a deep psycho-analytical journey, where nothing is certain, nothing can be taken for granted, everything is in constant transformation. The mouth represents the junction between the mind and the body, a contradiction between concept and matter, the channel that forgets its own material significance, therefore it is wounded. The hands are the metaphor of the monstrous activity of mankind that actually erases itself. The elevator embodies the significance of the vertical, becomes the vehicle of the posthuman, being intimately acquainted with the unconsciousness and conscience. The video installation is an uncomfortable revelation of the hopelessness that designers have to sorrowfully acknowledge in times of uncertainty.

Cast
Written, directed, animated: Márton Kabai
Co-director, sound editing: Natela Lemondzhava
Voice-actor: Mabel Rae
Ambient sound: Mári Mákó & Rozi Mákó (Committee)
Coaching: Roel Wouters & Michel Hoogervors

Márton Kabai
Márton Kabai (HU) is a graphic designer and artist based in The Hague. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK) in 2017. His works can be located around the subjects of posthuman, Anthropocene, biopolitics and crisis. He has developed an autonomous, research driven, analytical, and inherently critical design and artistic program during his studies in which he made different experiments, case studies and prototypes that took the form of books, videos, installations or games. These experiments can be seen as tools, manuals or manifestos which strive to translate complex, multi-layered systems and problems. They strive to awaken discourses and uncover biases that have been mistaken as truths or legal, question hidden processes that seem to be innocent, efficient or normal. He is the co-founder of the artist duo KLMN and recently became part of the See Lab community.
martonkabai.com

Márton Kabai, 'The confession of the flesh'
photo: courtesy the artist
OpZicht: Márton Kabai
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
OpZicht: Márton Kabai
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Márton Kabai, 'The confession of the flesh'
photo: courtesy the artist
Márton Kabai, 'The confession of the flesh'
photo: courtesy the artist
Márton Kabai, 'The confession of the flesh'
photo: courtesy the artist
Márton Kabai, 'The confession of the flesh'
photo: courtesy the artist
Márton Kabai, 'The confession of the flesh'
photo: courtesy the artist
Márton Kabai, 'The confession of the flesh' (installation at KABK, 2017)
photo: courtesy the artist