Exercises in Autonomy. Tamás Kaszás featuring Anikó Loránt (ex-artists' collective)

ms¹, Więckowskiego 36
3 June 2016 – 25 September 2016

Exercises in Autonomy seek to imagine future collective life forms on Earth after an ecological  and economic collapse, which resulted in the destruction of current civilization.

The exhibition designed by Tamás Kaszás resembles presentations of ethnographic collections. Exercises in Autonomy  includes individual works of the artist, as well as  works produced with Anikó Loránt (ex-artists' collective) since the beginning of the 21st century, and work prepared especially for the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. The exhibition consists of two parts, titled Archeology of the Future and Auto-anthropology. In the first section, works of art are displayed as archeological findings, speculative traces of a (future) community, which managed to survive the destruction of modern civilization. The recycled remains of the past exist among objects produced as a result of new architectural, technological, and farming practices, which have developed in the wake of the disappearance of mass industrial production, consumption and modern public infrastructure. Auto-anthropology touches upon these issues on a smaller social scale: by displaying exercises in the autonomy of living and ecology of art through building a familial artistic collective  (ex-artists' collective). The collective's working methods include the use of  easily accessible materials and technologies, as well as learning self-sufficiency. The expected result is an integration of the formal, productional and theoretical aspects of their  work. 

Tamás Kaszás and the ex-artists' collective perceive art as a laboratory of designing practices, knowledge and aesthetics, which could become useful in thinking about the future. The artists encourage us to imagine the unknown future by drawing on alternative practices, ones which already exist, but – within the dominant model of capitalist economy – are pushed to a marginal and peripheral position. In their work, the artists use a myriad of sources, ranging from premodern, folk and popular knowledge through permaculture and grassroots social movements to progressive elements of modernist utopias. They examine practices, which could potentially become helpful in the process of acquiring autonomy from technocratic state organizations and an economy based on uneven capital accumulation and predatory exploitation of natural resources. By combining diverse modes of knowledge, Kaszás and Loránt seek to develop an ecological imagination for the future inhabitants of the Earth. 
Curator: Joanna Sokołowska
Coordinators: Monika Wesołowska, Beata Bocian

Tamás Kaszás (born 1976 in Dunaújváros) and Anikó Loránt (born 1977 in Székesfehérvár) studied at the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 2002 they established the ex-artists' collective . They live and work in Horány, on Szentendre Island. Their work was presented among others at the S.M.A.K. Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art-Ghent, the Ludwig Museum and the Kunsthalle in Budapest, the  ICA Dunaújváros, the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Muzeum Sztuki in Łodź and as part of the 12th Istanbul Biennial.




22.06.2016, ms2, 6 pm



25.06.2016, ms1, 11.11 am and 13.13 pm


What will the world look like in the future? Can the latest technologies really bring peaceful and harmonious progress to our planet? What will happen if our sources of energy disappear? How will we grow plants and raise animals? What kind of houses will we live in? We will seek to answer these difficult questions during workshops in the framework of the exhibition Exercises in Autonomy. Exercises in Autonomy. Tamás Kaszás featuring Anikó Loránt (ex-art­ists’ collective).

We invite all creative visionar­ies, eco-enthusiasts and techno-sceptics. Registration required; to register call 605 060 063, Monday-Friday, in hours from 8 am to 4 pm.


14.07.2016, ms1, 5 pm


28.07.2016, ms1, 5 pm


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