20_collective presents first of our educational projects: "Lucy".
"Lucy" is a journey of the alleged "mother of mankind", Australopithecus afarensis Lucy, through the landscape - time and space, the evolution of life on Earth and the history of humanity. Our intention was to systematize the general knowledge about us human beings and our environment, passed on by contemporary intellectuals and scientists who are important to us. While creating "Lucy", we will read through many books and lectures and we will be sharing these materials with you in the next couple of months. Each one of you can follow our progress of work on this project and use the educational materials provided on our instagram page Instagram. In this way, we are becoming both archivists and creators, whose work can be evaluated by the public on an ongoing basis.
Lucy's journey as a female hominid began about 3 million years ago when she fell from the tree and broke her bones. Moreover, she has been falling from that tree regularly during the past seven years, especially intensively since 2017....
After completing their graduate work "Life Forces" by Monika and Gerry, our idea of the journey with Lucy began to crystallize. In fact, each piece done from then on was another bone in this skeleton. It was a long process of collecting books and studies. Traces of these interests can be found in Monika’s works (2018 - 2019, www.monikabogyos.com) as well as on Flea’s profile @fleastudiogallery (life drawing studies and "Bulls" from years 2017-2019). The graduate work "Melancholia" from June 2019 (@fleastudiogallery) was an attempt to recreate the untold history of the neutral coexistence of women and men over the centuries. The representation of uncovered bodies in historical painting (15 - 19th century) has been translated into futuristic structures located in the past.
For years, every type of research we have been doing has revolved around the idea of "Lucy". In this case, collecting material for thesis has been helpful. Thus, David Lynch directed part of our journey in Chapters 2 and 3. In chapter 2 we reflected on the role of art conservation in relation to the research on neuroscience (neuroaesthetic). We were already at the "going backwards" path at the time. We moved back from the most important contemporary areas of human history to the broken bones of Lucy.
In the next chapter, we discussed the process of transcendental meditation in the context of scientific research. We focused on the aspect of relationship between the concept of mind (unity) and the human brain. This was the beginning of Lucy’s awakening journey. “The Awakening” is a spine of the journey. In this part we investigate a healing role of memory enriched with knowledge of historical facts and processes aa well as self-awareness. “The Awakening” was inspired mainly by Monika’s practice and our long discussions in summer 2018. “The Awakening” resulted in a series of works done during the lockdown in 2020 when meditation turned out to be an essential part of our lives.
"Lucy, A Walk" is a specific journey through historical events or contemporary social issues. We look at these issues from the Australopithecus "point of view", which allows us to have some freedom in raising doubts.
Full story on Lucy, a Journey
Since our graduation (between 2017 - 2019) we were awarded with various distinctions including VAA Most Original Research for Thesis and our work was noticed. The idea for a virtual, time-stretched form of our presentation was born in the end of 2016 during the construction of an online notebook (www.fleastudio.com/notebook.html)
The main assumption of our project was that we do not force anyone to go to the gallery or read recommended materials. The idea was born long before the lockdown. Reading, searching and working at a home studio in the current situation is a logical and accessible solution. Recommending proven and interesting readings has always been a priceless commodity.