phoroblog.com/radioballet same day at 2007
Welcome aboard 1day1photo!
What you can see on this site are the parallel and simultaneous photo-diaries of three photographers around thirty living in cultural environments very far apart. I invited Lei Ben Ben from Beijing and Judit Katalin Elek from Budapest to try a photo-blog together. Naturally, I knew both of them and their works well when I came up with this proposal, but they have never met each other, and before this project had not even seen each other’s works. To my greatest delight, they felt up to this adventure. Ultimately, the site was developed according to the specifications of Judit, and she invited Enikő, whom I didn’t know at the time, to be the third one in the project.
The artists agreed to upload every single day one photo per person that was taken that day. Approaching the 100th day, I tried to convince them not to regard it as a flaw or handicap, if one of them couldn’t produce an image for a given day, and at the same time make it possible for themselves to present several frames or even short image-series about their day, if they wish.
How long the project will go on, we don’t know. At the launch of the blog during the last days of December 2006, we estimated for a year at least. All of us are curious and excited about how such a large body of photographs could be presented in a gallery-setting as well. Will it have to be abbreviated and simplified? In that case, according to what parameters can the editing take place? What is it that will be worth emphasizing? Or for example, how will the group of spectators that has followed the project on the web receive this exhibition, and how will those who see it in a gallery-setting for the first time? Our starting point is that after a year the participants will no doubt have influenced each other. Having gained a glimpse into the lives of the others, gotten to know each other’s cultures, processes of creation and way of thinking, they will obviously inspire and stimulate the others from time to time. Another question that arose, is how their relationship would change once they met each other in person? Does this joint photo-blog inspire them enough to keep going past one year and after the exhibition and a tête-a-tête? And if yes, what is it that they will change? Will they try to include others? Or just the opposite, will such a long joint project accumulate precisely those experiences, ideas, plans that will tear apart the common frame-work?
If you would now ask me why I took upon myself the initiative of launching this project, I would answer that the photo-blog seems to me a very exciting new medium. I consider the photo-blog to be the most appropriate carrier or output of digital photography, and I believe that digital photography will transform and presumably renew the visual language that analogue photography created. The impact of these changes will at least be comparable to those brought forth by the appearance and wide spread of 35-mm cameras in the first half of the 20th century. Enikő, Judit and Lei Ben Ben belong to the young generation of photographers that learnt to photograph with these cameras, but in whose earlier works I could already discern the spontaneity, directness and the type of visual talk in first person singular which I regard as the all-important starting-point in the language of digital photography and photo-blogs of the moment. However, since this language is still at its inception, it is an open question in which directions it will eventually develop. What for and in which ways will we use our digital cameras in the coming years?
Tibor Várnagy, january 2006
Lei Benben - Judit Katalin Elek - Enikő Hangay:
1day1photo (Brooklyn – Budapest – Beijing)
1day1photo: printing – Liget Gallery
Liget Gallery, 1146 Budapest, Ajtósi Dürer sor 5.
1day1photo: uploading – Műcsarnok / Menu Point Gallery
1146 Budapest, Dózsa György út 37.
Tue - Sun 10 - 18, Thu 12 - 20 PM
July 3–31, 2008
Opening: Wednesday, July, 2, 2008, 6 p.m. – Liget Gallery
Wednesday, July, 2, 2008, 7 p.m. – Menu Point Gallery
Curator: Tibor Várnagy
Owning a history of less than a decade, the photo blog is a new, innovative genre, which reviews and partially transforms the rules of classic photography. Its importance is comparable to the widespread availability of small-format cameras that began in the first half of the 20th century.
The photoblog at 1day1photo.com is the simultaneous journal of three female photographers who live in cultures divided by great distances. Each of the artists, Judit Katalin Elek (Budapest), Enikő Hangay (New York) and Lei Ben Ben (Beijing), has agreed to contribute a photo a day, uploading at least one picture she made the same day.
We assumed that the artists would influence one another during their collaborative effort, and would gain insights into each other’s lives, learn more about the other cultures and creative methods. It was also interesting to wonder how their relationship would be effected by a personal encounter. Would they find the photoblog exciting enough to continue it after meeting and having a joint display?
The exhibition, which is divided between Liget and Menü Pont galleries, features more than 100 photos and interactive slideshows to reveal the interplay between the approximately 1500 photos that have been made since December 2006. The pictures that are made while the show is open are also incorporated in the exhibit.
The exhibit is an event in the series What’s Up – A Panorama of Hungarian Contemporary Art, organized by Műcsarnok as part of the Year of Renaissance – 2008.
Main sponsors: Year of Rennaisance – 2008, Ministry of Education and Culture, Hungarofest Nemzeti Rendezvényszervező Kht.
Supporters: ACAX – Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, ZARF, Digital Fotó Labor Kft.