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Common Decency

 - partnership analysis with


Common Decency No 1. Flower Calendar

series of digital pictures, 2013-2014

'I have had some experiences with love, or think I have, anyway, although the ones I have liked best could easily be described as “common decency.” I treated somebody well for a little while, or maybe even for a tremendously long time, and that person treated me well in turn. Love need not have had anything to do with it.' [...] 

[...] 'Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, “Please—a little less love, and a little more common decency.”'

/Kurt Vonnegut: Slapstick/


inspired by Slapstick, novel of Kurt Vonnegut meditating on possibilities of partnership analysis


Common Decency No 2. Orozco-paraphrase

clay, oceanic rock, petal, wood, 2014


Common Decency No 3. 'Who of Us Does Make Himself Angry at First...'

moving image HD 9', 2014


Common Decency No 4. Mr May

series of lenticular pictures, 2014


Common Decency No 5. Don't Teach Me

contemporary dance performance, S8 mapping


while I get home from work

while I put the kettle on to boil

while I feed the cats

(for the past week I had to give medicine to one as he suffers from hyperacidity, and finds it hard to swallow)

while I water the roof-garden

that you built me as a token of our love

but it is my white pants that get muddy from the hose

as I watch the lotuses (that, I know, are lilies), as I decided they are the symbols of our renewing relationship

(while they grow slowly)

while I search for an arthouse film shown late at night on TV

while it gets dark

while I resist to turn the lights on

while I move around ever more courageously in the fading space of our shared life

while I eat cheese and home grown tomatoes for dinner

I cannot forget the thought

that driven by the same passion

and with the same desire

you penetrate her

in the same position

as you penetrated me.

„don’t teach me to live without you,” asked my ex-lover once when I broke up with him

and it has already been five months that I have been living without you.

/translated by: András Gerevich/


concept: Réka Szűcs 

choreography, performance: Dóra Ida Szűcs

photography: ​Gábor Szabó H.S.C., Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák, Réka Szűcs and M. H.
sound: Réka Szűcs, Rudolf Várhegyi and M. H.

mapping: Réka Harsányi

producer: Kristóf Helyei, Réka Szűcs  

supporter: Apodosz Foundation

thanks to: Gábor Áfrány, Réka Harsányi, Juli Laczkó, Dániel Sallay, Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák, Andrea Sztojánovits, Ágnes Tóth

produced by: ©Értékmegőrző|SAFE Art Studio


exhibitions, festivals, awards:


•'A dolgok állása' | 'State of Things' - group exhibition, Várgalléria Veszprém 2014


•Bakó - Harsányi - Ortéga Pérez - Szűcs: 'Broken Z'  - installation, performance, political poetics, Artus Studio, Budapest 2015 (Common Decency No 4. Mr May)



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