Past programs

05.11
7:00 pm
Hide and Seek Event

Peasant in Atmosphere

“Törekvés” Cultural Center (1097 Budapest, Könyves Kálmán krt. 25.)

Trapp, Dominika

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The project takes the Dance-House movement as its point of departure. Starting in the 1970s, dance houses were important venues of Hungarian “counter culture” during the socialist times. Dominika Trapp and her fellows intend to interpret the heritage of folk culture applying critical methodology. Through a research based musical project, they create a link between the progressive representatives of contemporary art and members of the new generation of the Dance-House movement. Inspired by the original performers of the Hungarian folk music and the representatives of the early Hungarian Avant-Garde, the activity of the „activists” of the 1910s and 1920s a conceptual music group is initiated.
02.11- 03.11
Event

LOVELAND

ART+ CINEMA (1074 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 39.)

Organizers: film director Tamás Buvári, Kinga Turós-Máté president of LoveFilm Film Studio Association
An independent Hungarian feature film made through crowd-funding in the Hungarian city of Veszprém, which explores a tragedy of a community, a family and a small boy caused by war.
28.10
12:00 pm
Hide and Seek Event

The Curfew

all over the city ()

László, Gergely (Tehnica Schweiz); Šević, Katarina

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The street play The Curfew is an alternative form of public demonstration. A troupe roves the streets of Budapest. They push in front of them a three-meter high egg-shaped, multiplayer megaphone. They make great noise. They stop at busy public squares to perform their play as a speaking choir about the transfiguration of a group of security guards. The members of the group vow to give back the voice to the people from whom they previously took it away. With their presence, the troupe, in and of itself will be proof that today Budapest’s streets and public squares can indeed be spaces of independent self-expression.
26.10- 12.11
Event

Propositions for a Pan-Peripheric Network

FUGA, Budapest Center of Architecture (Trezor room) (1052 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor u. 5.)

Kaszás, Tamás

Curator: tranzit.hu (Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László, Eszter Szakács)
The new issue of the international online journal mezosfera.org, published by tranzit.hu, deals with the potentialities of regional collaborations that go beyond geographical positions. The issue comprises essays examining possible (re)interpretations of Eastern Europeanness and trans-regionalism, as well as interviews with members of various initiatives that likewise attempt to build up regionally committed working methods. The issue is contextualized with a temporary reading room that presents a selection of publications in Hungarian on the independence movements of the “Third World.”
19.10
7:00 pm
Hide and Seek Event

The Tranny Tease

LOFFICE, Event Hall (1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 55.)

Slavs and Tatars

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The march of alphabets has always accompanied that of empires–Arabic with the rise of Islam, Latin with that of Roman Catholicism, and Cyrillic with the Orthodox Church and subsequently communism. Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, Slavs&Tatars explore in The Tranny Tease the potential for transliteration–the conversion of scripts–as a strategy equally of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith.
15.10- 16.10
Event

Untranslatability: From Palestine to Hungary

Gólya Community House and Cooperative Bar (1083 Budapest, Bókay János utca 34.)

Abed, Noor; Abu Arafeh, Noor; Alsharif, Basma; Batniji, Taysir; Emil Abboud, Jumana; Halabi, Inas; Hatoum, Mona; Rabah, Khalil; Subversive Film; Waked, Sharif

Curators: Lara Khaldi, Eszter Szakács
With artistic contributions from Palestine, the project looks at the socio-political situation in Palestine, in dialogue with that of Hungary. While also highlighting an artistic and political discourse that is not prevalent in Hungary, the project considers civic self-organization and the role of artists and intellectuals in facing oppression. The two-night event examine how the strategies of resistance, survival, and subversive acts in Palestine have changed from the propaganda films of the 1970s-1980s to today’s most recent, video-based contemporary art pieces.
14.10- 15.10
Event

PLAY UTOPIA, the social experiment

Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium (1183 Budapest, Thököly utca 7.)

László, Gergely (Tehnica Schweiz); Major, Virág; Váradi, Emese

Organizers: The board of the School of Free Printing, Gergely László, Virág Major, Emese Váradi
If it was up to you to decide what society would look like, how would you organise it? How would you like to live, learn, work, and make decisions? What principles would move society, and in what directions? Such questions are at the heart of the editorial board of the School of Free Printing, composed of students, artists, curators and teachers, who are organizing a PLAY UTOPIA game in the framework of OFF-Biennale. The participants are invited to dream utopias, share ideas, play and learn together during the two days of this social experiment.
13.10- 31.10
Event

Air Factory – Reclaim the Air!

Heinrich udvar (Üllői út 32., 4th floor)

Ongoing Project; Pneuma Szöv.

Coordinated by: Pneuma Szöv. / Mókusok pneumaszov.org
Something's in the air. The atmosphere is getting worse, filled with transparent lies. We can't wait any longer! It’s time for a climate change! In October 2017 an international art-conspiracy will be revealed and its dirty linen aired in public. A group of people have conspired to build a refreshingly industrial Air Factory in an empty office space on Üllői street. The factory produces air to efficiently influence the atmosphere.
13.10
7:00 pm
Event

“Something Always Blooms” – Social Honey Publication Launch

LUMEN (1085 Budapest, Horánszky u. 5.)

finger group

Organizers: Katalin Erdődi curator, Viola Kallós project assistant
Urban beekeeping, social engagement and conceptual museum: the Frankfurt-based finger group and curator Katalin Erdődi present the publication of their Social Honey project, realized in Budapest in 2013. A publication launch with a lecture on Bees in Art by curator Christiane Erharter (Vienna), and a honey-tasting and discussion in collaboration with the mixed bee group.
11.10
6:30 pm
Event

Mathemorphosis: Common knowledge

Gólya Community House and Cooperative Bar (1083 Budapest, Bókay János utca 34.)

What exactly makes people take part in a demonstration? What makes money valuable? What turns a smart student into a “nerd”? What makes a thriller really good? In his interactive lecture, mathematician Gergő Pintér familiarizes the audience with the concept of common knowledge, focusing on the question of what extra charge is provided by a piece of information that everyone is familiar with when those involved are also aware of the fact that everyone else is informed of it as well.
11.10
6:00 pm
Event

Funding the Cooperative City: Community Finance and the Economy of Civic Spaces

KÉK - Kortárs Építészeti Központ (1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 10-12.)

Curators: Daniela Patti, Levente Polyák
How can we create financially stable, economically strong and socially rooted civic spaces? The Funding the Cooperative City book and its corresponding workshop explore emerging initiatives across Europe that step out of the regular dynamisms of real estate development and arrange new mechanisms to access, purchase, renovate or construct buildings for communities.
08.10
4:00 pm
Event

Gladness Demo

Vigadó (1051 Budapest, Vigadó tér 2.)

Tót, Endre

Organizers: Kristóf Kovács and the TELEP team
Today everyone has the right to protest when in distress, but then again hardly anyone takes to the streets out of their sheer joy. Although it might be advisable to demonstrate in times fraught with difficulties, on the brink of a crisis, we can still rejoice, also as a community. An act of joy and its public demonstration is a snub par excellence to an oppressive political system. In 2013 the protesters at Endre Tót’s Zer0-demonstration marched for nothing, now during Gaudiopolis – The city of joy they will do so to showcase the joy of demonstration itself.
07.10
4:00 pm
Hide and Seek Event

Sketches of a Monument

Szent István Park (1137 Budapest)

Pelmuş, Manuel

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
Manuel Pelmuş’s project is a series of re-enactments and live-transformations of public sculptures and monuments in Budapest. Together with the teenage participants of his workshop, they choose representations of historically well-embedded values or those propagated by the current political regime. They reinterpret and produce anew seemingly consensual ideas concerning social norms, values, and historically important moments while re-collectivising concepts of the commons.
07.10
9:00 am
Event OFF-Budapest

Dunaújváros – Bus Trip to the Realized Utopia

Dunaújváros (Dunaújváros, all around the city)

Organizer: Artmagazin
Two years ago, during the first OFF-Biennale, the Artmagazin left for Miskolc; this year, the destination is Dunaújváros. Although the Dunai Vasmű Power Plant and the city itself were but parts of a controlled utopia, they did offer great opportunities and some freedom to the Modernist architecture of the time. What imagined model defined life there at the time? How significant was the role of voluntary activities, and what standard did that provide for children’s lifestyles? How is present life affected by this late utopia?
05.10- 09.11
Event

Escape to the Future

Csoszó, Gabriella / FreeDoc

Organizer: FreeDoc / Gabriella Csoszó
5 opportunities for open, advice-seeking, live-screened interviews and visits: Questioner: FreeDoc / Gabriella Csoszó Living Archive / Ethical Questions / Anti-establishment Pedagogy I’ve reached my limits and my mission to help through my images, FreeDoc, has reached a turning point. We are already beyond strengthening the work and visibility of other national movements of democracy and transparency: searching for a new form, I turn to you for advice. Fleeing forward
01.10
5:00 pm
Hide and Seek Event

Somewhere in Europe there’s an animal audience!

The headquarters of the Union of Steel and Metalworkers of Hungary (Vasas) (1086 Budapest, Magdolna u. 5.)

Chetwynd, Marvin Gaye

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s performance produced for OFF-Biennale is an adaptation of Géza Radványi’s film Somewhere in Europe (1948) with children and young adults from Budapest taking the roles of both actors and interlocutors for the audience to actively engage with the play. The film’s scenes and serious subject matter are re-enacted—based on how the children interpret the film—through the combination of mime, colorful animal costumes, and projections. The collaborative performance project also involves a workshop and a private presentation of the play with a foster home in Budapest.
30.09- 01.10
Event

The State

ImagineBudapest / Budapest Point (1053 Budapest, Királyi Pál u. 18.)

Manuiloff, Alexander

Curator: Kata Krasznahorkai
The State is a concept for theatre without actors and without a director. It explores the topics of how we build societies, how democracies function, whether there are agents-destructors and what it takes to cooperate with others. It also tells the story of a real Bulgarian man who burnt himself in a protest against the system.
30.09
1:00 pm
Hide and Seek Event

The Curfew

all over the city ()

László, Gergely (Tehnica Schweiz); Šević, Katarina

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The street play The Curfew is an alternative form of public demonstration. A troupe roves the streets of Budapest. They push in front of them a three-meter high egg-shaped, multiplayer megaphone. They make great noise. They stop at busy public squares to perform their play as a speaking choir about the transfiguration of a group of security guards. The members of the Security Order vow to give back the voice to the people from whom they previously took it away. With their presence, the group, in and of itself will be proof that today Budapest’s streets and public squares can indeed be spaces of independent self-expression.
28.09
9:00 pm
Event

Noise Gallery

Impostor (1054 Budapest, Szabadság tér 17.)

Erhardt, Miklós; Gustave Tiger; TPSRPRT

Organizer: Dávid Gutema
Live music as a rite or performance. The goal of Noise Gallery is to push the participants towards a party or a meditative situation with short concerts, to reinforce the sense of community. As OFF-Biennale is itself a community in the art life of Budapest, the invited performers would also reflect this spirit in their relation with visual arts. The emphasis is not on the popularity of these groups, who would fill a place with audience, but on the manifestation of an auditive performance as a genre in the spaces of contemporary art. Many students and graduates from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design do pursue musical activities. Noise Gallery reflects on this phenomenon.
28.09- 27.10
Event

The Artwork of the (2nd) Week, OFF-Biennale edition

Curators: Lili Hitka, Zsófia Kormos, Lia Lőrinczy, Dániel Helyes, Dénes Peták, Barnabás Zemlényi
The Artwork of the Week was a series of discussions organized previously by the Little Warsaw collective. The Artwork of the (2nd) Week is this project’s continuation, incorporating the fresh approaches and perspectives of a new generation. Workshop and exhibition discussions will provide insight into the backgrounds of OFF’s participating projects, as well as space for dialogue between the creators and audiences.