FORM OF THE CAPITAL
Form of the Capital
by Gábor Kitzinger
The multimedia installation "Form of the Capital" critically engages with Western colonial history by incorporating six imposing columns reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture. Centering on the architectural significance of the "Form of the Capital," this concept relates to the uppermost component of a column. The capital can take on different shapes:
- Convex, as seen in the Doric order
- Concave, resembling the inverted bell of the Corinthian order
- Scrolling out, characteristic of the Ionic order
These configurations represent the three fundamental types upon which all capitals in the classical tradition are founded.
However, upon closer inspection of this installation through a performative act, the seemingly Corinthian columns reveal their true composition as damaged concrete constructions. This revelation imbues the title "Form of the Capital" with a contemporary interpretation, shedding light on the role of capital in biopolitics.
Through activating sculptural elements via light and sound effects, the installation exposes a manipulated Western cultural dominance. Drawing inspiration from recent geopolitical crises in Europe and the Middle East, the work delves into the deceptive nature of capital in shaping political and cultural narratives.
"Form of the Capital" explores the metamorphosis of humanist values into dehumanizing strategies and deceptive capital games. By interrogating the façade of cultural superiority, the installation prompts viewers to reflect on the implications of geopolitical power dynamics and the distortion of cultural heritage in the contemporary global context.
Additionally, the installation prompts consideration of techno culture as a remedy, diverging from the political motives of Western colonialism. Techno emerges as the language through which we can acknowledge and creatively reframe the systemic shortcomings embedded in our collective identity.
Furthermore, the installation invites contemplation on techno culture as a counter-culture, sidestepping the political agenda of Western colonialism. Techno becomes the language through which we recognize and reimagine the systemic failures embedded in our collective identity.
A hanging spectacle unfolds – six distorted Corinthian columns, each weighing between 1.5 to 2.5 tons, suspended in the air. Accompanied by a 4-channel sound system and an 8-channel light ensemble featuring stroboscopes and four strategically placed smoke machines, the installation runs in 15-minute loops. This technical aspect encapsulates a narrative transcending time and space, inviting viewers to delve into the complexities of our shared history and the evolving language of techno culture.
text by Viola Lukacs