Thursday, 10 December 2015

Mulled Wine in Normafa

Philip is a given name, derived from the Greek Φίλιππος (Philippos, lit. "horse-loving" or "fond of horses"), from a compound of φίλος (phílos, "dear", "loved", "loving") and ἵππος (hippos, "horse").  [Wikipedia]

In their different versions in Italian and in Spanish, that's the name shared by two men who are surely very close to me. They enjoyed some mulled wine in Normafa, a spot on the Buda hills which got this name when the performers from the Hungarian National Theater went there to play Vincenzo Bellini's Norma. To make some of these photographs, I left the table enjoying their view from a little distance – a very rare and precious view, for me.

Budapest, 22nd of November 2015

The first time they met  * * * *

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

}: Stranger ::: SLANT VOL. II //W/ HYENAZ

«I don't know much; I don't know how to do things. I know how to love, though, I think. This is what I know how to do. Sometimes I am afraid. Some of you were afraid. Some preferred to stay away, from me. So I didn't go to those of you. Or maybe yes, I did.
I don't want to scare anyone. Some were curious. I was curious too. I saw we had similar hands. Mine are much smaller, usually. But they were still similar. We could play. I wanted to touch your hands and play. So that no one was much afraid anymore. I find that love can kick fear away. I want to play more. Or to take a nap, because world's fears make me very, very tired. Can we meet? I know I'm scary, I know I look different. But I think we are made of the same.

Someone saw me».

Stranger / memories from SLANT VOL. II //W/ HYENAZ
happened at Auróra, in Budapest, on the 19th of November 2015

Stranger approaching the room - Photograph by Isa Val

During the performance HRI out by Gábor Czap - Photograph by Edd Carlile

Starring at HYENAZ - Photograph by Bodó Júlia, Gallyas Luca



So much thankfulness, again, to all the SLANT team, to Auróra, to all the awesome artists, and to anyone who came, to all the people who interacted with the Stranger, and to anyone who preferred to skip that, too.

It's the first time I perform something which keeps going on during a whole night and stays quite in the background. And it felt great. A new peaceful feeling. And a huge honour: the art I enjoyed around me reached a true Catharsis ("on the balance between crystalline craziness and fresh health").

Performances by: Dr. Purple / Eleonora Eta Liparoti / Czap Gábor and Alexandra Köbli/ AVOEC / Sildenafil Fairy / HYENAZ
Exhibiting artists: Isabel Val / Edd Carlile / Alpár Főcze
DJs: MKMANN / Alla Bout

SLANT is a celebration of creativity, a platform for local, independent artists to share their work, a space for community-building, and an opportunity to connect with other artists' whose work we admire. It's a dance party, an exhibition, a place for performances. We welcome work-in-progress, experiments, failures, leaps into the unknown.


«I'm a Stranger. I'm part of you. And I love you».