Context & Identity in Contemporary Hungarian Art

Reimagining the near past and constructing local identities. A Fulbright project by Linnea West (2012-13)

Reality as a readymade

“[r]eality as a readymade is both entertaining and thought-provoking; the display, which visitors are invited to discover on a predetermined route, presents in chronological order the stages/works of art that … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Archive as a Quality

“By placing the films in a museum/exhibition context, archive as a quality take on a new role, the relationship between documentaristic and artistic modes are altered, and the works’ site-specific … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Uncovering Layers

“…the main emphasis in not on the accentuation of authenticity, on the possible contradictions, the comparability of individual facts or even the representation of change and transformation; it is on … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Transforms Documents into Monuments

“…history, in its traditional form, undertook to ‘memorise’ the monuments of the past, transform them into documents, and lend speech to those traces which, in themselves, are often not verbal, or which say in … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

No art without consequences

“The subject of my work is the language of politics, i.e. its reflection of everyday life. […] The question is how to manipulate that which manipulates you so obviously, so … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Utopias and fictions in architecture

“Architecture can say a lot about the reality – but also about the utopias – of a society. What stood out for me about these cultural centres was that these … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Negotiation of Public Space

“Established in the 18th century as an alternative to the secret processes of feudal hegemony and the formation of power, public space means both a specific place and the social … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Branding the State, as far back as the 1930s

“The conversion of quarters into entertainment modules of a differentiated urban adventure zone cannot be overlooked. Indeed the discussion of the future of cities in recent years has revolved primarily … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Context and ADD

“Maybe the single most important thing that changed in Eastern and Central European art after the fall of Communism is that contemporary art became less context-bound. Previously there was a … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Uncertainty about whether the past really is past

“Appeals to the past are among the commonest of strategies in interpretations of the past. What animates such appeals is not only the disagreement about what happened in the past … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment