Students of the Department of Creative Arts and Art Education at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra are trying to find out how deep inside themselves they can dive using the “hole” in their minds...
A hole in someone’s head, a hole in someone’s soul, a hole in the world, a hole in the camera. A hole we can use to observe and to be observed. A hole as a visor into the world. We can experience safety or danger depending on which side of the “hole” we are standing. Is the world upside down just like it is on the back wall of a camera obscura? Asking questions and finding new ones. Students of the Department of Creative Arts and Art Education at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra are trying to find out how deep inside themselves they can dive using the “hole” in their minds.
The exhibition presents students of several studios: Photography, Intermedia Art, Spatial Art. Each one uses its own tools to interpret the (Pin)hole theme. Photography took it literally: pinhole, as in a pin-sized hole in a beer can, glued into a box with photographic paper. Even in today’s digital era, we can still take photographs using an old box that used to contain shoes, chocolate or popcorn. The negative can be scanned and turned into a positive. The hand-made cameras that took the pictures are part of the pinhole photography projection.
The students of Intermedia Art used various media including video-installations, sound-installations, objects and ready-mades. Also a performance will take place at the opening.
The students of Spatial Art – Free Sculpture, understood the term (Pin)hole as an absence of matter that creates the hole. In their context, the hole represents a negative space, defined by its surroundings or a matter that plugs the whole, covers and hides it. An interesting sculptural expression is the origin of the hole. Perforations of various kinds, made with various tools into various materials became a challenging method of shaping the matter. If the perforated matter is compared to the human body, the sculpture takes on an individual and social point of view on the existence of holes in the human body. We can understand the hole as a disruption of wholeness, a disruption of continuity, a disruption of a closed value. In this way, the hole can acquire either a positive or a negative meaning. How the hole was created and how it works determines its value which can be viewed as a metaphor for the creation and extinction of life itself.