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Electric Friends
German, English, French
64 pages
12 EUR

Artist book, brochure, illustrated, format 20 x 28 cm, printed with the support of the Institut français de Stuttgart

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Since the end of the 1990s, Alexander Györfi has worked in the areas spanning art and music.In his artistic work, mostly approached as collaboration, he has created structures as an artist, director and producer, which are played by friends, acquaintances and partially also from the anonymous art public. What emerges are contrasting audiovisual worlds full of humor and charm that reflect the mechanisms of music and, as of recently, of film.

In the early work “Beatballs and Flukes” (1998), a group of young people, in front of a backdrop of clouds on green Astroturf, appear to be creating rhythmic sounds with tennis rackets and diving flippers. But what at first appears to be perfectly played, is in reality “playback”. The ball sounds are not live but are rather sampled and give the musicians the beat, so to speak. Györfi completely follows to the independent initiative of his environment in works like “Boys don't cry”, “I will give you television” and “La ballade des gens heureux”. Animated by the artist, friends acting as a girl group satirize the aesthetic of a MTV video clip or act cheeky and uninhibited in a “setting” as film stars in southern France. The participants become fellow “knowers” and, partially, also fellow carriers of responsibility of the visible or audible artistic product. The role of the artist in his “community projects” is that of an architect who not only draws in the plans of his building, but also works on its construction in order to live there, with the others.

The richly pictured catalogue contains music and film productions of the artist - who lives in Berlin and Stuttgart - from the past five years; texts by von Oystein Aasan/Halvor Kyrre Haugen, Doris Berger, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Nicole Fritz and Philipp Ziegler; as well as an interview between Alexander Györfi and Philipp Ziegler.

Alexander Györfi, born in 1968 in Sindelfingen, studied art education at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. Selected exhibition and projects include “Pimui-Mobil-Studio” (Kunstverein Ludwigsburg, 1998), “German Open” (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 1999/2000), “Videonale9” (Kunstverein Bonn, 2001), “Pimui Pictures: La ballade des gens heureux” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, 2002). “pimui home recordings 2” (Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig 2003), Believe it or not (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2004), “Now is the time” (Kunsthaus und Medienturm, Graz 2005). In 2001, Györfi received a fellowship from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg; in 2004 a fellowship at the Cité internationale des Arts, Paris and in 2004/2005 a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.

“It's about creating a social space in which communication is possible.” (Alexander Györfi)