TAMÁS KASZÁS

1976, Dunaújváros
Lives and works near Budapest

Kaszás usually creates complex projects inspired by theoretical researches later during the process using traditional and new media as well. Mixing poetic images with useful inventions in his exhibiting practice autonomous art pieces appear mostly with special constellations in the frame of large installations (visual aid constructions – as he call them). His projects generally based on social questions and spiritual science. Keywords as collectivity, collapse and survival, living in nature, self sustainability and autonomy, theory vs practice, folk science, home made homes, cargo cult, fictional anthropology, visual aid, etc. might give an idea about his most important topics.
According to his conceptual background Kaszás tries to make an economic and ecologic art practice using mostly cheap or recycled materials, techniques easily available for everyone and designing easy-to-make structures. For this reason he not only collects and follows but wish to develop the collective knowledge of folk science. Beyond the institutional art field he is also interested to work in public space or using immediate artistic methods. He often works in different collaborations, first of all with Anikó Loránt (Ex-artists’ collective) and Krisztián Kristóf (Randomroutines).

EXHIBITIONS

BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

1997 – 2003

Intermedia department, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest

2010 – 2013

DLA training, Doctoral School, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest

RESIDENCIES AND PRIZES

2001 –

Ludwig fellowship (at the Academy of Fine Arts Budapest)

2003 –

award of Studio of Young Artists Association; Garba workshop Montescaglioso, Italy

2004 –

AIR program of the Svenska Konstskolan, Nykarleby, Finland

2005 – 2007

Derkovits Gyula fellowship

2006 –

Tranzit residency at Museumsquartier 21, Vienna

2008 –

AIR at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; AIR at Projecto 270 (eco-farm),Costa de Caparica, Portugal

2009 –

AIR at Futura, Prague

2010 –

AIR at AIR Laboratory, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Smohay Grant, Hungary

2010 – 2015

guest teacher at the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts

2011 –

AIR-Petőmihályfa by Krinzinger Projekte, Petőmihályfa

2014 –

Visegrad Grant (AIR) at Galerie Školská 28, Prague

2015 –

Esterhazy Art Prize

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023

A Dream On Lucids (with Krisztián Kristóf and the Randomroutines), Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, DE

2022

Armory Show, Kisterem, Budapest

2019

Transparent Montage, Óbudai Társaskör Gallery, Budapest

2018

Sci Fi Agit Prop, De Appel, Amsterdam – Netwerk, Aalst

2017

Escapist Stories, Kisterem, Budapest
Lost Wisdom, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania
Joy of Surviving, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

2014

Ersatz Utopia, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Reperti antropologici del costruttivismo, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania
On the popular use of visual aids (an anthropological fantasy), Kisterem, Budapest
“The trench is not in fact as deep as the engineer calculated”, Kassák Museum, Budapest
Self-antropology, Paksi Képtár, Paks

2013

Relics Of The Pan-Periphery – sci-fi anthropology, Platán Gallery, Budapest
Here Comes The Folk Science (as Ex-artists’ collective), Studió Gallery, Budapest

2012

Cargo Collapsism, Cyprian Majernik Gallery, Bratislava

2011

Megashelter, Kisterem, Budapest

2016

Exercises in Autonomy, Muzeum Sztuki w Łodz, Łodz
Kisterem (as Randomroutines), Budapest

2010

Ordash (with the Randomroutines collective), FKSE Gallery, Budapest

2009

How to resist and object to conditions of the present? Open Space, Vienna

2007

Erősebb-e a vízesés nélküli..(solo show with Anikó Loránt) Liget Gallery, Budapest
They who know the truth don’t advertise it, Museum Volkwang in the RWE tower, Essen

2005

Shelter of Hope (solo show with Loránt Anikó), Liget Gallery, Budapest

2004

“Selected Adventures of” (as Randomroutines) Ellen de Bruijne Projects / Dolores, Amsterdam
Rather go to the Future (with Anikó Loránt), Pelikán Gallery, Székesfehérvár

2003

“Do it well!” – Children Squat Modell (with Anikó Loránt), Stúdió Gallery, Budapest

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

6 M², Kollab, Budapest

2023

EVA Biennial – The Gleaners Society, Limerick, Ireland
Handle With Care, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest

2021

Notes for Tomorrow,Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford; Contemporary Calgary, Calgary; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing; Pera Museum, Istanbul
Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Everyday, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Overview Effect, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
ACLIM! Agency for Climate Imaginary, OFF Biennale, Budapest
Sketch, Kisterem, Budapest

2020

Slow Life. Radical Practices of the Everyday, Ludwig Museum Koblenz
Finally We Can Learn Something, Kincsem Palace (organised by Kisterem), Budapest

2019

Szene Ungarn, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch
Otthon jó, ICA-D, Dunaújváros
Other echoes inhabit the garden, Kisterem
Listing VIII., Kisterem
Pangea United, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź
Bauhaus100. Programme for the now – Contemporary Viewpoints, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Iparterv 50+, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest

2018

1971 – Parallel Nonsynchronism, Kiscell Museum, Budapest
The Most Beautiful Catastrophe, CCA Kronika, Bytom
How to talk with birds, trees, fish, shells, snakes, bulls and lions, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Every Practice Brings a Territory Into Existence, Template #6, 6 Dimitrie Cantemir Boulevard, Bucharest
The Mindful Intervention, Kunstfort, Vijfhuizen
Contemporary Chaos, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen
Ciao 2, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania
Contemporary Chaos, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen

2017

Alloy, Contemporary Art Institute, Dunaújváros
For beyond that horizon lies another horizon (as Ex-asrtists’ collective), Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg/p>
Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange (as Ex-asrtists’ collective), Frei–raum Q21, Vienna
Abstract Hungary, Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz
Flow/The Return of the Catfish, Księgarnia, Krakow

2016

Raumwunder, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch
Newrope (as Ex-artists’ collective), Ksiegarnia/Wystawa, Krakow
Common Harvest. work in progress, Tranzitdisplay, Prag
Hommage – Ideal or Pattern, Knoll Gallery, Vienna
Távolság – vidék a városok között, Osztrák Kulturális Fórum, Studio Gallery, Budapest

2015

Siliconvalse – The Hungarian Reality, House of Arts, Brno
Creativity Exercises – Spaces of Emancipatory Pedagogies, Tranzit.hu, Budapest
Playground, Macar Kültür Merkezi, Istanbul
The Pure Tongue (as Ex-artists’ collective), Galeria Arsenał, Białystok
Off-Biennále Budapest
Bookmarks, Art Cologne
(im)possible! – Artists as Architects, Marta Herford museum, Herford

2014

Constructions, Galerie Albrecht, Berlin
Ciao!, Galleria collicaligreggi, Catania
The Conquest of the Impossible, 6th IEEB, Bucharest
You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
Interpixel, CHB, Berlin
The need for Practice, tranzit.sk, Bratislava
Kunst, die in den Straßen und an den Körpern wuchert, Kunsthaus Mürz, Mürzzuschlag
[silence] A Holocaust Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest

2013

Conceptualism today, Paksi Képtár, Paks
ArtsProstor Zlín (as Randomroutines), Regional Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlin
Impossibility vs. Self-Censorship, Matedero, Madrid
LISTING II, Kisterem, Budapest
Risk Factor (as Ex-artists’ collective), Modem, Debrecen
Utopien Femreiden, Werkleitz Festival, Halle
Like a bird (as Ex-artists’ collective), Trafó, Budapest
Itt jön a néptudomány, Studió Gallery, Budapest
Dla was / For you, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź

2012

WHO TOLD YOU SO?!(as Ex-artists’ collective), Onomatopee, Eindhoven
Untimely Stories (as Ex-artists’ collective), Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź
Dla was / For you, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź

2011

Joy and Disaster, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow
Untitled (as Ex-artists’ collective), 12th Istanbul Biennial
Joy and Disaster, SMAK, Gent
No one belongs here more than you, Kunsthalle, Budapest

2010

Joy and Disaster, Künstlerhaus, Vienna
Over the Counter, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Fort Ruigenhoek, KAAP, Utrecht
Unmistakable sentences, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
The Science of Imagination, Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest

2009

Aviva Prize, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Residence09, Futura, Prague

2008

Revolution I Love You, International Project Space, Birmingham
Revolution I Love You, Trafó Gallery, Budapest
What’s Up? Kunsthalle, Budapest
Revolution I Love You, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
Stalking Utopia, ICA, Dunaújváros

2007

Plusz; Kapitalistische Freundschaft, Delta35 + Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin
The Projection Project: Budapest episode (as June 21 Collective), Kunsthalle, Budapest
1/4 Hungarian – Remix of the Czechpoint exhibition, ICA, Dunaújváros

2006

Rular Vernicular – public art in ‘country side’ context, County Claire, Ireland
The Sweetest Dream – Unity and Dissonance in Europe, SPACE, London
Tiefebene hochkant (as The Randomroutines group), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
On Difference #2 (with Viktor Kotun), Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

2005

Private matter? (as The Randomroutines group) Kunsthalle, Budapest
Second Present (with antifa-youth), Trafó Gallery, Budapest
Dorota and the Randomroutines, Taidehalli, Vaasa, Finland

2004

Traveling without moving, W139, Amsterdam

2003

DEMO, Contemporary Art Institute, Dunaújváros

Works in Public Collections

2002– Ex-artists’ Collective with Anikó Loránt
2003– Randomroutines group with Krisztián Kristóf aka Randomroutine
2006– Plágium2000 collective with Viktor Kotun, Dóra Kangiszer and others

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Tate Modern, London (GB)
Museum Ritter – Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Waldenbuch (DE)
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
MUDAM, Luxembourg
ICA-D, Dunaújváros (HU)
Muzeum Sztuki Łodz (PL)

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