Installation and live-performance by Claire Waffel in collaboration with sound artist Pere Ferrera Bertran
Thursday, April 30
Doors open: 5.00 PM
Performance: 6.00 – 6.30 PM
Drinks and chats with the artists until 10 PM

Location: Igor Metropol, Budapest 1116, Sztregova utca 1., 4. floor

Claire Waffel:"RePlace" series, 2013/14

Claire Waffel:”RePlace” series, 2013/14

CLAIRE WAFFEL’S installation and performance work with a public site in Budapest unravelling its past, deconstructing its current state and placing it in a current consumer context. Corvin Áruház, a renowned building on the Blaha Lujza tér originally used to be admired for technical innovations and it’s beautiful architecture in the 1920s. Next to desirable consumer products, different cultural events such as art exhibitions added to the attractiveness of the store. 90 years later the building has completely changed its appearance. An annexed facade, now multi-usage it speaks of urban development and decay. Waffel’s performance and installation are linked to former projects, where she has worked with architecture and historical memory. “Kommerz was yesterday” is a performance consisting in visuals and audio, fragmenting and stripping away structures and layers. Her subtractions reveal histories, allow for openings, liminal spaces and transform the architecture into an act of communication.

Claire Waffel: "RePlace" series, 2013/14

Claire Waffel: “RePlace” series, 2013/14

About the artists:

Claire Waffel currently lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the London College of Communication (2002-2003) where her work won the Sproxton Memorial Prize. She has exhibited her work at the National Portrait Gallery in London (2004), in solo shows at East Slovakian Gallery (Košice, Slovakia 2012),  Bezalel/Yaffo 23 (Jerusalem 2011) amongst others. Waffel employs different media such as video, photography, collage and installation to create an interplay of formerly separated time patterns and structures. By doing so, she not only points to aspects such as time and memory, but also investigates the medium’s relation to time. Waffel’s work ranges from very personal storytelling pieces to abstract analytic installations. At times they are carefully planned and orchestrated, at other times they develop unpredictably from a simple idea.

Pere Ferrera Bertran is a musician from Barcelona currently living in Berlin. He studied modern music at l’Aula de Música and won an award at “Barcelona Visual Sound 2009” as well as working on various soundtrack projects such as the “Subsòls” documentary. In Berlin Pere is actively involved in the independent music scene, composing and playing live with various projects like “The Cat Talked” and “Peppercat”.

A project by Igor Metropol (Katja Melzer & Lukács Nóra), presented in the frame of the first Off-Biennial Budapest and supported by Goethe-Institut Budapest.