Polygrapher

       
  video, 8 min            
         
               
 

Polygrapher initially was created as part of a vast project entitled "Photo of the Day". "Photo of the day" at its turn was a response to the daily propaganda of the Hungarian government.

Since the parliamentary elections of 2010, Hungary has an autocratic
government which spends considerable money on the construction of its
own image: kind of a rosy picture about Hungary’s glorious days enjoyed by its citizens, under their brave government’s rule. One example of
this is the website called “Hungary Matters”, an online media channel of the
highly centralized Hungarian Public Service Media, written in English.
Here „Hungarian reality” is expressed through articles and photographs
published day by day, accompanied by English captions.
Each picture is called: “Photo of the Day”.

Szacsva y Pal pick up some of these photos and transform them with a
sometimes corrective, other times deconstructive or even vandalizing
intention, using  a method called ‘perinarrative retouch’, specifically
developed by themselves for this purpose. Every single detail of the
manipulative process is recorded with a screen capture software,
resulting thus a moving image. Szacsva and Pal called their own artistic project on the same title: „Photo of the Day” (PhD)

One version of the artistic project:Photo of the Day was part of Off Biennial Budapest. It was created in response to the invitation of Eszter Lázár and Edina Nagy, curators of the project called: „When the art(ist) speaks”.

The first work in the series of Photo of the Day, called „Horribile pictu 1”
was first published as part of „Enhenced Vision”,
an online exhibition on ACM SIGGRAPH's website.