Alagya is the project of artist duo Szilvia Bolla and Áron Lődi. It aims to construct new possible forms of literacy to decode planetary life, and identity in the post-capitalocene through collaborative work and interplay between sculpture and text. Based on both speculation and fact, it attempts to forge visionary pre-/reimaginations of technofossils as material traces of the capitalocene – the age when (pseudo-)commodity appears as a species that necrotizes the entire planet.
Technoculture becomes both its birth and burial in the shape of its own materiality.
However, instead of interpreting fossils as ghostly dead matter, the project examines them as dynamic entities through the scope of new materialist vitalism as a form of elegiac grief of the irreversible losses of our future past. They are material hybrids, body-machines that are inhabitants/refugees/natives/critters/creatures/survivors of the monstrous sublime and uncanny paradox haunting the plateaus of the post-capitalocene. They act as lively agents whether human/nonhuman, organic/inorganic, biotic/abiotic, visible/invisible. They recite poems in a language yet to be fully decrypted.
The exhibition presents the first implementation of Alagya in the form of new sculptural works along with elegiac textual pieces created in collaboration with Teo Ala-Ruona and Boris Ondreička. –
As an artist duo, Szilvia Bolla and Áron Lődi explore identity, hybrid materiality, and technology after capitalism. Together they aim to interpret the nature of artefacts with a post-human approach through deep material investigations and a distinctive play between mediums.
Teo Ala-Ruona is a performance and visual artist based in Helsinki. They work with speculative fiction and body horror in the forms of performance, text, sound and video. Their practice addresses topics of sex, queer-ecology, environmental toxicities and gender through re-defining language and stories about desire, pleasure and intimacy on a toxic Earth.
Boris Ondreička is the Artistic Director of viennacontemporary and curator at Class of Interpretation Prague, former director of an art-initiative tranzit.sk and curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna.