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Video: Dániel Cseh | Photos: Ferenc Eln

József Tasnádi: Puzzlements

MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Art
26 February – 1 May 2022

Curator: Szabolcs Süli-Zakar

Machine Eden

Kinetic sound installation | 3D print, electronics, software, sound, UV light
Concept, implementation plans: József Tasnádi, 2017
Execution: Dániel Cseh, András László Halák, József Tasnádi, 2018–2022
Text: József Tasnádi

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is God both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able, nor willing? Then why call him God?


The Chit-chat of the 32 Apples

Apple 1: – What is the point of having emotions?1

Apple 2: – What is the point of consciousness? 1

Apple 3: – What makes a living thing so utterly different from a non living thing?2

Apple 4: – Talking about consciousness one cannot avoid poetry and arts.1

Apple 5: – Consciousness is not a matter of algorithms and computation.3

Apple 6: – Self-awareness is the most misterious thing happening with us.3

Apple 7: – Good things are destined to get old. Bad ones are going to remain new.1

Apple 8: – The story of technology should have started in the Garden of Eden.1

Apple 9: – The idea of the Eden of Technology is itself seductive.1

Apple 10: – Technology is important because it always reveals something about us humans.1

Apple 11: – The world is simply complicated.1

Apple 12: – Technology is a weapon powerful enough to annihilate its creator.1

Apple 13: – Technology is the narrative of an approximation of practicality.1

Apple 14: – Technology is the temptation of imagination, analysis, independence, enthusiasm, self-deception, and sometimes, of sin.1

Apple 15: – Technology might be important not solely in itself, but rather because it can inspire one to find something beyond it.1

Apple 16: – Metaphors are points where contradiction rests in beauty.1

Apple 17: – Is technology a metaphor?1

Apple 18: – Is technology a work of God?1

Apple 19: – Is technology a sinful ideology?1

Apple 20: – A machine doesn’t possess instincts, feelings, nor desires.1

Apple 21: – The problems provoked by technology can only be overcome by technology.1

Apple 22: – We have always been fascinated by our own existence.3

Apple 23: – The question still is: Was there a beginning?3

Apple 24: – Technology is something willing to be deeply human.1

Apple 25: – Technology seems to relate about our necessities on the most elemental level.1

Apple 26: – What must be the protein for technology?1

Apple 27: – We are technological species.1

Apple 28: – Technology is the non-verbal reflection of our relationship to the world.1

Apple 29: – Technology often seems to prove that our instincts fail on us.1

Apple 30: – Is God a designer?1

Apple 31: – The tiniest bit of paradise is still a paradise. A tiny bit of paradise could be enough.1

Apple 32: – East or west – Paradise is best!1

1 – József Tasnádi
2 – Michael Mosley: The Story of Science,
3 – Martin Rees: What we still don’t know – Are We Real?, Why Are We Here?, Are We Alone?,

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