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PERFORMING IDEALITY- exhibition, Opening: Friday, December 12, 2014, 5:00 pm

PERFORMING IDEALITY- exhibition, Opening: Friday, December 12, 2014, 5:00 pm

Participants: Aurora, Gólya Community Place and Cooperative Pub, Kesztyűgyár - Rozi Csámpai Painting Workshop, School of Public Life, MICRO Magdolna, Pneuma Szöv. - Mókus Maxi, Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation

What do the Hungarian National Museum, a surprisingly charming bronze bearings shop and a Muslim women’s martial arts club have in common? The very neighborhood that inspired us to bring them all together under one roof in a contemporary art space: Budapest’s vibrant 8th district.

The aim of the collaborative exhibition is to offer a snapshot of the sociocultural topography of the once highly stigmatized area, and examine the district through the eyes of local civil society. An increasing number of community-based initiatives prove that the neighborhood has become a catalyst of sorts – a nexus for artists, social activists and determined volunteers alike, who in an effort to facilitate positive change in the area have directly or indirectly shaped the neighborhood’s hybrid identity. We view their enterprise as striving towards an “ideality” that is, in effect, “no longer lying dormant somewhere in the future, but is concretely acted out or taking place here and now with every human gesture.”[1] 

By introducing the work of our invited participants and collecting personal impressions of the neighborhood, the exhibited material not only contributes to a more tangible understanding of the district, it also wishes to engage local inhabitants, workers, artists and newcomers. Just as importantly, the unusual juxtaposition of works – featuring iconic streets and pressing social initiatives – all provide vivid imprints of the “here and now” in an otherwise rapidly changing district.The exhibition is also intended to pay tribute to local civil society actors and serve as a platform for further discourse. 

In the spirit of the holiday season – and as a friendly gesture to strengthen our newfound partnerships – we are organizing an exchange of symbolic gifts among those featured in the exhibition. The celebration will take place during the opening ceremony.


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Illegal Oedipus: Sans Papiers- exhibition at Gallery8

Illegal Oedipus: Sans Papiers- exhibition at Gallery8

Nov 14, 2014 - Dec 09, 2014

Every year hundreds of thousands of persons are smuggled within the European Union’s borders for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced begging and labour. Roma constitute approximately 80% of the total number of people who are smuggled from Hungary to Western Europe by cross-border criminal organizations.

Sans Papiers is an interactive installation that recreates for the participant the experience of being smuggled at the border area of a country like Hungary. With motion detection technology, the body of the participant is scanned and as she moves around the room, she faces the virtual representation of herself moving inside the truck that is projected on the wall, and can interact with the projection. The experience renders the sense of illegal border crossing, entrapment, and the practice of smuggling perceptible for the audience.

Based in Budapest, Illegal Oedipus is an art collective consisting of videographers, computer programmers and performers who design interactive art installations that aim to engage audiences on contemporary social issues such as human smuggling, and social and economic inequality. Combining motion detecting technology with traditional stage design, the installations of the group strive to integrate the visitor into a challenging experience that invites reflection. Illegal Oedipus members are Babak Arzani, Catalin Buzoianu, Peyman Fallahian, Ahmad Moradi, Aiski Ryokas and Behrooz Torki.

The exhibition was opened by Mr. Michael Simmons, a veteran figure of the U.S. civil rights movements and the organizer of the Szentendre exchange.


Outside Insiders, Workshop Series, Malmö, Moderna Museet

Outside Insiders, Workshop Series, Malmö, Moderna Museet

 ERCF contributed to the Worhop Series organized with the aim of decolonization of  Roma arts, culture and life at Moderna Museet Malmö between October and December 2014.


ERCF's Keynote Speech at the Igaor Zabel Award Ceremony, November 6, 2014

ERCF's Keynote Speech at the Igaor Zabel Award Ceremony, November 6, 2014

ERCF congratulates to the winners of the Igor Zabel Award 2014: Ekaterina Degot, Karel Cisar, Miklavz Komelj, Kirill Medvedev!

http://www.erstestiftung.org/…/igor-zabel-award-for-cultur…/


Ferenc Szőke: Sounding Ball - exhibition at Gallery8

Ferenc Szőke: Sounding Ball - exhibition at Gallery8

Oct 10, 2014 - Nov 07, 2014

Ferenc Szőke’s first drawings were made in February 2013 just around the time when Gallery8 was established. His first exhibition of video installations, sketches and descriptions was staged in February 2014 at Liget Gallery. Much part of his series displayed there under the title ‘Palace of Wonders’ resembled the world of Duchamp's ready-mades. The installations try to reveal the correlations of reality, sight, the medium and the self. The monitors in the works are objects forming part of reality, and, at the same time, tools distancing themselves and the viewer from their objective reality through the fact of virtuality.

The exhibition to be presented at Gallery8 will partly complement the series of video installations, but in a larger part it will include non-video-based conceptual works. The visions transpiring from the descriptions, and sketches connect typically distant times and places, bringing close faraway centuries and continents. The objects bring about special encounters and clashes that fuse West and East, past and present. The context of the 'pictures' and the venue is outlined by the traditional emotional aura of the concept of Roma, on top of the word's immediate usual semantic field. For the artist the word suggests, and at the same time identifies, the longing for breaking away from everyday locations, the attraction of adventure, of the ancient Nomadic instinct inherent in all of us, of the free roving soul of mankind ..., it represents the internal need for being in this world, and for breaking away in a both physical, and intellectual sense, and it connects our components perhaps in the same way as seven metals alloyed together to make a Tibetan singing bowl ...



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