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)