Let us imagine that the following changes happen in our lives: we become much smarter than our present selves, our intellectual abilities exceed the fastest supercomputers known to date, we live for hundreds or thousands of years in good health, without ageing. The perceptivity of our organs surpasses that of today, we hear the infra- and ultrasounds, the resolution of our eyes is ever so much better than today. We experience the state of flow as a standard, and we perceive our emotions in a more perfect way. They upload our cognitive state to a computer, and from that moment forward we exist virtually. It’s an exciting question whether our surroundings would transform as radically as us.
Desire for development is fundamental in transhumanist philosophy, which professes that humanity will reach a post-Darwinian state, in which it will be able to regulate its own evolution. In this state natural evolution would be alternated by intentional changes. Transhumanists believe in approaches overarching many scientific fields in order to conquer biological limits.
The title of the exhibition, just like the first line of a poem, suggests that there is a shelter somewhere at a river shore. The present artworks of Ádám Horváth are characterised by this lyrical tone, and this tone frames his working morale. He integrates his personal conflicts and their possible solutions into his works, that function as relics, religious articles. These ritual objects that are adorned with power by Horváth are able to contain his disgraced, exiled thoughts, and emotions. He creates a world in which he opposes solidarity or the intention to belong to a community, herewith overwriting social and moral questions.
The exhibition of Ádám Horváth titled I found a shelter at the river shore presents the revival of the relationship of contemporary art and magic through references from art history interfused with the theory of transhumanism.