Kristóf SZABÓ - KristofLab
Before the change of regime, I was born in 1988 in Győr. Since 2016, I have been consciously using the term KristofLab as a kind of brand referring to interdisciplinarity and my media art activities. I often work in a team or create collaborations with other artists. I experiment with the possibility of crossing boundaries between art genres. I graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts with a degree in graphic arts (2012) and then as a teacher of fine arts (2013). In 2011 I studied with an Erasmus scholarship in Dresden (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden). Between 2019 and 2020, I participated in the Budapest Art Mentor program, which is Hungary’s gap-filling training. I am a member of the Ziggurat Project which experiments with various co-art collaborations. Since 2015, I have been working with them regularly, mainly on site-specific performances across V4 countries and Norway.
For me, the analytical observation is also an image creating method. My works are based on photographs or videos that function as a certain memory bank. I reconsider, transform, and compress these artifacts into a specific concept that sometimes has a utopian feeling to it. The works interpreted through the observer. The environment represents an aesthetic line in which the different stacking layers change the original meaning of the starting point. Carrier surfaces and materials for digital imperfections, reflections, light, and sound are stacked this way creating works that sometimes go beyond genre boundaries.
My work focuses mainly on two major themes: the cornerstone of man’s identity and his living environment. Social sensitivity is a crucial basis for the grouping of questions around these concepts. It covers topics such as alienation, self-image distortion, ecological problems. The visual interactions that appear on the installations, paintings, and projectors are creating a real relationship with the observer and often cause a special space experience. Site-specific works define my artwork, often transforming the exhibition or performance space into a particular world.