Hindsight suggests that this image portrays Nicola and myself after a long, bloody argument about Hegel, on line and in Los Angeles. We found an understanding and in the end were better friends than before.
NICOLA TREZZI from Budapest
Because we first met in the cybernetic world – just watched a video interview with Sturtevant and that word ‘cybernetic’ stayed in my mind – I thought my contribution to your blog should mirror the letter format, similar to those we sent each other before finally meeting in New York – a meeting that started a wonderful friendship and didn’t stop the letter exchange, a kind of day-to-day epistolarium.
I am writing to you from Budapest where I will be based until July 18. I have been here already three times as a professional and once I came to visit Bianca – with whom I am friend since I was born – who was doing a student exchange here. I remember we rented bikes and went to Esztergom, the old capital of Hungary, and slept in the house of an old lady we found by chance.
Budapest is an amazing city, amazing because it resists tourism. I have been many times to Prague and you can see how tourism made the city looking like a cake. Budapest is different. In the city center you can find building falling apart and I always think of it as a place where you can hide. I guess I am hiding myself…
Before being in Budapest – ah! I just went for a week to New York, but this is another story – I was in Milan, before Milan I was in Stockholm and before Stockholm I was in Paris. I am not getting into Paris – too emotional, sorry – but I will tell you about Stockholm, one of my favorite cities. I was there to help Lucie Fontaine doing her second show at Fruit and Flower Deli, but I was also there to see my goddaughter Xenia and to visit my friend Alexandra, who is doing a residency there.
In my opinion Stockholm visualizes the Swedish mentality. Built on an archipelago, the city has specific hierarchies – the royal island, the posh island, the museum island, the hipster island – and yet everything seems united by the socialist utopia that ruled this country – at some point in history, one of the richest in the world – for many years. Another interesting aspect of the city is the fact that it is built on different levels with tunnels so that sometimes you think you are going to a crossroad but in fact the streets don’t cross each other because they run on different heights.
If you know a bit about Swedish people you will understand why I am presenting such parallelism. But beside that I think Sweden is a truly fascinating country, the first to understand appropriation, cultural manipulation and intellectual propaganda. When I was there last time, to assist Lucie Fontaine during her residency at Iaspis, there was a Sturtevant show at Moderna Museet and a Claire Fontaine show at Index.
I really felt like navigating the Bermuda triangle of authenticity!
Link to Lucie Fontaine website: http://www.luciefontaine.com