XORXOR | Hungary O

Is it impossible to draw a perfect circle?

Throughout history, the symbol of the circle has been associated with perfection in mathematics, art, and design. Circles are drawn digitally by squaring as a form of approximation. Mechanically or hand-drawn circles are not completely circular either. And yet, the Italian Renaissance painter Giotto proved his abilities to the Pope by effortlessly painting a seemingly perfect circle by hand. The challenge to draw a perfect circle has also been used as a meditative exercise in Zen Buddhism (see ensō circles), attempting perfection, but embracing the imperfection of the outcome. The aim of O is to make the circle perfect, but the notion of perfection is complicated by the interplay of the participants’ inputs and the circle’s own dynamics. This creates a complex experience of perfection: one that is difficult to reach and depends on the participants to not disrupt the common effort, and once reached, may be lost again.

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The Artist: XORXOR

XORXOR was founded in 2013 in Budapest, Hungary with the aim to bring new visual and technological possibilities to the cultural scene. The studio follows a research-based practice to explore new ways to solve complex problems. Our clients range from museums through dance companies to film and theatre productions in Hungary and in the international scene. O was made by Gáspár Hajdu, Tamás Lakos, Gábor Papp and Sámuel Setényi.



12.09.2018 - 03.11.2018 Perfection


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