Squaring each other to fit, as the space will be tiny, the days will be long
The series Squaring each other to fit as the space will be tiny, the days will be long (Tetris) started in 2020. Kíra Krász spent the first lockdown confined in a room in Hove (UK) with her partner George. The couple would transform the room according to their daily needs. Having been introduced to the video game Tetris (designed by Alexey Pajitnov) at the start of this confinement, Krász soon connected the gameplay to how the couple ‘arranged’ themselves in the space. Squaring… encompasses timelessness by looking back at what we called the ‘new normal’ in 2020 through the lens of a 1980s video game classic and the Hungarian conceptual art movement.
“George and I spent the confinement (2020) in a small mezzanine room in Hove, UK. For us, one room alone became the living room, the dining room, the studio and the bedroom. What we had the most troubles with, was ourselves: there were just too many limbs for a tiny room. I had been introduced to the game of Tetris at the start of confinement. The video game, which was designed by Alexey Pajitnov (1984) and which served as the base for various scientific research due to its tendency to thicken the cortex, and to develop problem-solving skills.
Playing an occasional round on the tile-matching video game, was our way to accept that we might not have any answers to COVID 19, but we can change the elements around, we can catch them from the right end and jiggle them into their fitting places. It was our competition, an outside challenge that the mind needed in a life, which has temporarily been transformed to take place inside the game and our headspace. It was a nice parallel to see that as we improved in the game, we harmonised our interactions and attitude to each other. By adjusting shapes the process was an opportunity to depict balance, completion, the harmony of action or our struggle for equilibrium.” – Kíra Krász, 2021
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