Dora Budor

Dora Budor was born in 1984 in Zagreb. They are a Croatian artist living and working in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Swiss Institute, New York; La Panacée, Montpellier; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz; as well as the 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Vienna Biennale, Vienna and Art Encounters 2017, Timisoara.

Location: Vilnius

For the Baltic Triennial 13 – GIVE UP THE GHOST, Dora Budor presents
their installation The Preserving Machine from 2018, a new commission by
Baltic Triennial 13.

In Philip K Dick’s classic science fiction short story The Preserving Machine
(1953), to safeguard the future of music from the horrors of war and
cultural collapse, scores are encoded into a series of mechanical animals, programmed
to defend themselves. Except that, once released into the world,
these creatures undergo their own form of evolution, a benevolent co-existence
becomes a technological survival of the fittest. A means of preserving
the past against an uncertain future, instead gives birth to a Frankenstinian
monster. In Dora Budor’s installation, which borrows its title from Dick’s story,
the interior of the CAC becomes both a viewing and preserving mechanism
for the inaccessible open courtyard situated in the core of the gallery. A layer
of film dust, made out of diatomaceous earth, is dispersed throughout the
courtyard; a ‘Midas touch’ in reverse, it contaminates, instantly ageing and
provoking a perceived redundancy of any object covered. Seen through the
reddish-orange colour cast by the filters placed on the architecture’s windows,
the courtyard becomes a ruinous landscape of the past. Its only occupant
is an animatronic bird that occasionally flutters through the space, its
movement dictated by a soundless music score; a proxy for the existence of
nature. In the end though, all that remains is dust.

Dora Budor was born in 1984 in Zagreb. They are a Croatian artist living
and working in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Louisiana Museum of
Modern Art, Denmark; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Swiss Institute, New
York; La Panacée, Montpellier; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Halle für Kunst &
Medien, Graz; as well as the 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Vienna Biennale, Vienna
and Art Encounters 2017, Timisoara. Anya Harrison