An Indian in Holland
Károly Halász, 33'21''

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The tape opens with Transition: the first step to video. In this scene, Halász is walking slowly towards a television frame (empty casing without screen). Then he makes a footprint in paint on an empty sheet of paper that is lying on the floor, thus registering his own first step towards video. The second scene is entitled Making a new graphic. Sitting behind the empty television set, Halász is making a drawing. He draws a beam, which he then paints over in black. This is reminiscent of television, where one flick of a switch is enough to turn off the image and be left with nothing but a black screen. In I love you, Halász coils himself around the same TV set, crawls through it, and strokes it lovingly. To find the best positions is the fourth act, in whichHalász sits cross-legged inside the empty TV cabinet. Screen painting is a closed-circuit set-up, in which he is sitting in front of a monitor, observing himself. Beside him stands a camera, filming him. He is painting over his face on the monitor. The tape ends with Disco. Halász is dancing on a sheet of white paper with paint on his feet, in this way creating various pictures. The title An Indian in Holland probably refers to the fact that Halász is comparing his own relationship with the medium to that of an (American) Indian who does not know how to use a TV set. ‘Indian’ is now regarded as a non-politically correct typification, but at the time it rather had the connotation of ‘foreign’, as in ‘Wild West’ stories. Here, the word ‘Indian’ actually refers to someone who lives faraway from Western society, has no knowledge of technological and electronic developments, and therefore uses the medium more freely. Read more...

  • Length: 33'21''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: art, television (subject), video (subject)