Dora Budor

Dora Budor was born in 1984 in Zagreb. They are a Croatian artist living and working in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Swiss Institute, New York; La Panacée, Montpellier; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz; as well as the 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Vienna Biennale, Vienna and Art Encounters 2017, Timisoara.

Location: Vilnius
Dora Budor The Preserving Machine (preparatory maquette) 2018 Special effect dust (diatomaceous earth), tinted window gels, demolished wall from the former exhibition, optical sensing computer system, arduino, two HD cameras, hardware, biomimetic robot bird, caretaker Dimensions: variable Courtesy the artist and New Galerie, Paris

For the Baltic Triennial 13 – GIVE UP THE GHOST, Dora Budor presents
their installation The Preserving Machine from 2018, a new commission by
Baltic Triennial 13.

 

In Philip K Dick’s classic science fiction short story The Preserving Machine
(1953), to safeguard the future of music from the horrors of war and
cultural collapse, scores are encoded into a series of mechanical animals, programmed
to defend themselves. Except that, once released into the world,
these creatures undergo their own form of evolution, a benevolent co-existence
becomes a technological survival of the fittest. A means of preserving
the past against an uncertain future, instead gives birth to a Frankenstinian
monster. In Dora Budor’s installation, which borrows its title from Dick’s story,
the interior of the CAC becomes both a viewing and preserving mechanism
for the inaccessible open courtyard situated in the core of the gallery. A layer
of film dust, made out of diatomaceous earth, is dispersed throughout the
courtyard; a ‘Midas touch’ in reverse, it contaminates, instantly ageing and
provoking a perceived redundancy of any object covered. Seen through the
reddish-orange colour cast by the filters placed on the architecture’s windows,
the courtyard becomes a ruinous landscape of the past. Its only occupant
is an animatronic bird that occasionally flutters through the space, its
movement dictated by a soundless music score; a proxy for the existence of
nature. In the end though, all that remains is dust.

 

Dora Budor was born in 1984 in Zagreb. They are a Croatian artist living
and working in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Louisiana Museum of
Modern Art, Denmark; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Swiss Institute, New
York; La Panacée, Montpellier; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Halle für Kunst &
Medien, Graz; as well as the 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Vienna Biennale, Vienna
and Art Encounters 2017, Timisoara.

 

 

Anya Harrison