Artist Studio

Peter Horvath

January 2003

Peter Horvath’s works are non-interactive, net.based videos engaging us in the possibility of technological intimacy. They are multilayered and created with a logic and aesthetic endemic of the web, while referencing surrealist and collage explorations of film.

“Formally, I see myself as a participant and investigator in the realm of new media art as it exists on the web. The Web in its binary aspect mirrors the process of choice-making by which we navigate our environments, making it an ideal medium to discuss issues relating to the realm of subjective experience. Conceptually my work derives from and revolves around my unchanging curiosity about the nature of identity and consciousness. To me, identity is related to and generated by what belongs to the spectrum of one‘s history: subjective or objective, microscopic or macroscopic, private, familial, and socio-political.

Through my work I attempt to address the difference between conscious and subconscious identity and drives. In the frontier world of web technology I have found a medium that encompasses and expands the lush, pluralistic and multi-layered qualities of my previous dada-inspired photomontage work. Freed from the restricting two-dimensional context by technological advances, I engage in fragmented narratives and sub-narratives that form and reform as multiple windows open and close. I orchestrate layers of history, including journal entries, sketches, written records, video, photographs, music, voice and general sound loops, resulting in a atmospheric investigation into states of being.”

REQUIREMENTS

Explorer 5, high bandwidth, Quicktime 6 plugin.

MEDIA & ACHIEVEMENTS

Studio Visit with Peter Horvath
by Valerie Lamontagne
Net Art News, Rhizome.org

Turbulence Artist Studios recently launched some works by Peter Horvath as part of its program to showcase fresh faces in the net.art scene. Featuring 3 full-length and 6 ten-second web pieces, Horvath’s works are non-interactive, net.based videos engaging us in the possibility of technological intimacy. They are multilayered and created with a logic and aesthetic endemic of the web, while referencing surrealist and collage film vocabularies. These works employ the lyrical language of the cinema to compose an autobiographical portrait wherein the viewer hovers over a series of multi-layered videos. Finally, they exist as a composition of emerging frames which overlap, collapse and fill the computer’s own bordered space.

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