During his residency in The Hague, artist and researcher Ádám Ulbert will be working on his project Pannonian Sea Perspectives. The project is based on a painting of 20th century Hungarian painter Dezső Mokry-Mészáros, titled Life on alien planet (Devilhead) 1908 (see image above).
An interest in the intellectual and ‘natural’ environment of the painting’s origin, as well as its message for the future, has Ádám working on quite an expansive research! Where the many different ways of (mis)interpreting the painting form a starting point for Ádám to explore its intellectual origins, the sea forms a starting point for his exploration regarding the painting’s natural environment.
The Hague’s shore thus forms the perfect environment for Ádám to continue to delve into the underwater worlds. The artist started off his research on the ecological and morphological characteristics of algae at the Hungarian lake Balaton, which is a remnant of an ancient sea scape called the Pannonian sea. Ádám is planning to expand his research on sea and algae during his time at 1646, specifically focusing on the environment of The Hague and Scheveningen.
This residency is a collaboration with the Budapest Gallery.
Ádám Ulbert is an artist and researcher based in Budapest, Hungary. With his artistic practice, he’s mainly interested in how our contemporary ecological sensibility can work as a necessary new mentality, that draws up an enlarged concept of life and nature which stands in contrast to positivist, mechanistic and objectifying viewpoints. Beyond the logic of science that wants to name and categorize, Ádám is mainly interested in the possibilities of non-human narratives of imagination and ‘almost’ fiction. He questions whether if everything is based on and perhaps connected to biology, can non-organic beings be connected to organic bodies through some kind of elastic morphology as well? How could this biomorphic sensitivity become a mode of empathic representation that maps the human connection to other entities?
Ádám has shown his works at the Paris Internationale in Paris, Karlin Studios in Prague, and the Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam, amongst a variety of galeries in Budapest like Longtermhandstand, ENA Viewing Space, Pince, Arkatell projectspace and Trapéz Gallery.