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SOCIAL STUDIES: Bence Magyarlaki // Multidisciplinary Artist

A brief few moments in passing at a Portuguese artists' home is how I met Bence.  Those moments where all I needed to know something powerful was in front of me.  Powerful with a gentle voice, beautiful face, and curious mind.  I watched a film my girlfriend made, where he, one of the featured, read aloud a poem over the recorded moments in time that he danced between.  His words and the way he spoke them felt like a love story I was a part of.  That is how his art works.  He pulls you into seeing form but leaves you feeling a memory.  The envious daily life of an artist is one he calls his reality.  The importance of people like this is vital to our society to understand the things we cannot express through words.  It forms us.

Who are you 
My name is Bence Magyarlaki, I am an artist. I mainly work with sculpture, but also installation, performance and film. 

Why do you make your work?
I make my work to think through my hands, and through the process get to a place of stillness and silence.

What do you believe in?
People above all things or ideals.

Name one thing you say yes to? 
An opportunity to travel or discover something entirely new! - always yes.
And one thing you say no to?
I rarely say no to things unless it has a high percentage of dairy. 

What change would you like to see?
Less capitalism and techno-isolation, more communal ways of living thinking and breathing.

Name one thing that makes you happy?
Making art.

How would you describe your personal routine ?
Whenever I have the chance to only focus on making art, I work with no schedule, like crazy from morning till late night. I am a bit of a night owl, so I love staying in the studio when the world around is in a hold-still and the pressure of time dissolves. 

What did you want to be as a child?
My sister and I wrote a pact when we were young, we wanted to become the new Coen brothers and direct films together. In the end we did a documentary film together last year, but neither of us really went this way.

Can you remember one solid piece of advice you've gotten for the growth of  your work
My work used to be large scale, performative, not really sellable. The advice I got was solid and memorable: scale it down. I didn't agree. Later I got a much better one from an entrepreneur friend of mine. He suggested I should not think in a conventional framework about making money, since the same rules do not apply to everyone. It is not so much about how I can fit my work into pre-constructed ideas, it is more about finding the right framework of support in which my work can grow. If it doesn't exist, create it! 

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
People who can think outside the box. Artists who want to engage their audience differently from the gallery structure, creatives from theatre, film or fashion who combine ways of seeing and understanding beyond their own realm. These are the most exciting collaborations.

Who is one person in culture that you feel is making positive and inspiring change?
Paul B. Preciado writer and philosopher.


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