Gaudiopolis
2017

The city of joy

September 29 – November 5, 2017

26.10- 04.12
Exhibition

Culture and Free Time

Csili Cultural Center (1201 Budapest, Nagy Győry István utca 4-6.)

Fogarasi, Andreas

Curator: Péter Bencze
A video series about 6 of Budapest’s cultural and artistic centres. Based on the tradition of nineteenth-century worker’s clubs, these began to be built throughout the city in the nineteen-fifties. Later they became important sites for the unofficial cultural scene. Following the political transitions of 1989/1990 these places have faced transformations, a loss of their important cultural role, and closure, but their questions are still pertinent: what kinds of spaces does culture have a need for, and what do we understand as culture? This project, which won the Golden Lion prize in 2007 at the Biennale di Venezia, is now presented with new elements.

Past programs

09.11
6:00 pm
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Escape to the Future – Still Living Archive

Lukács Archives (1056 Budapest, Belgrád rkp. 2.) )

Because of a sudden illness, the October 12 event has been postponed to November 9.
05.11
7:00 pm
Event Hide and Seek

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.
05.11
4:00 pm
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People Players - guided tour and Johanna Billing's presentation

Három Holló Kávéház (1052 Budapest, Piarista köz 1. Entrance from Szabad Sajtó út)

Billing, Johanna

On the 5th of November 2017 from 4 pm the curatorial team of OFF-Biennale Budapest will give a guided tour on the exhibition People Players (in Hungarian), than from 5 pm Johanna Billing will present The Balloon project (in English).
04.11
11:00 am
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From Fake Mountains to Faith (Hungarian Trilogy), guided tour

Institute of Political History (1052 Budapest, Alkotmány u. 2.)

Guided tour with Szabolcs KissPál.
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.
02.11
6:00 pm
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Escape to the Future – Anti-establishment Pedagogy

Auróra (1084 Budapest, Auróra u. 11.)

29.10
4:00 pm
Gaudiopolis workshop Related Event

Curatorial guided tour in the exhibition "Somewhere in Europe"

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.)

28.10
6:00 pm
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The Taste of Distance - Finissage, Guided Tour with Zsófia Bán

Intoart Gallery (1052 Budapest, Garibaldi u. 3.)

28.10
3:00 pm
Gaudiopolis workshop Related Event

Guided tour with Júlia Király at the exhibitions Somewhere in Europe and Rebels

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.) /

The former Microfilm Archives of the National Széchenyi Library (1054 Budapest, Hold u. 6.)

A guided tour with Júlia Király.
28.10
12:00 pm
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Artwall – Guerilla Action

The former "Hazai Fésűsfonó és Szövőgyár" (1095 Budapest, Soroksári út 164.)

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.
27.10
12:00 pm
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All or Nothing: Trianon and the Horthy-era at the OFF-Biennale

Chimera-Project Gallery (1072 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.) /

Institute of Political History (1052 Budapest, Alkotmány u. 2.)

Guided tours in the exhibitions From Fake Mountains to Faith (Hungarian Trilogy) and For Me, Trianon...
27.10
10:00 am
Gaudiopolis workshop

Mathemorphosis II. Creating Space

ART BUDA Alkotóműhely (1021 Budapest, Hűvösvölgyi út 2.)

How can we create space in the world of Mathematics? With the help of geometric objects and the computer game Snake we will learn about the basic forms of Topology: the cylinder, the Moebius strip, the torus, the Klein Bottle. The Workshop will be Held in Hungarian.
26.10
7:00 pm
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Propositions for a Pan-Peripheric Network – Issue launch of mezosfera.org

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

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.”
26.10
6:00 pm
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Culture and Free Time, round-table discussion

Csili Cultural Center (1201 Budapest, Nagy Győry István utca 4-6.)

25.10
7:00 pm
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The Artwork of the (2nd) Week, Stranger in the Middle of Nowhere

Exhibition space of Eleven Blokk Art Foundation (1111 Budapest, Kende u. 1. )

The event will focus on the exhibition Stranger in the Middle of Nowhere by Lilla Szász and Judit Hidas.
24.10- 07.11
Exhibition

Be Impossible, Demand the Real

AMATÁR (1035 Budapest, Veder utca 14.)

Sipos, Eszter and Horváth, Csaba Árpád

Curator: Vanda Sárai
The path of a bullet rushing back from its point of impact to its creation; in parallel, with the tools of visual art, the hidden story of a one-time socialist munitions plant becomes visible. Building on archival research and featuring a connected installation, this film places the forgotten story of the periphery back into the global narrative of the military industrial complex.
22.10
3:30 pm
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Bookfriendship - Sunday Matinée in "Vasas"

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

​​Program: 3:30 pm - film screening: - Aleksandr Mitta: Gori, gori, moya zvezda / Shine, Shine, My Star​​ (1970, 92 mins) 5:15 pm - Guided tour in the Vasas Headquarters, Assembly Hall 6:00 pm - reading, book launch of the publication Bookfriendship 7:30 pm - guided tour in the 8th district - discovering the cult sites of left-wing cultural history 9:00 pm - informal discussion, venue: Gólya (1083 Budapest, Bókay János u. 34.)​
21.10
4:00 pm
Gaudiopolis workshop
Let's watch together the exhibitions of OFF-Biennale! Young artists and curators will held guided tours in the exhibitions that are related to FKSE - SYAA, the Studio of Young Artists Association.
21.10
2:00 pm
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Carefree Exercises III. - Enjoy, Meanwhile I'm Working

Patyolat (1082 Budapest, Baross u. 85.)

Szeri, Viktor

Curators: Gyula Muskovics and Andrea Soós
You can relax, be alone, go away, join, relive some experiences or you can find yourself in an intimate situation. Meanwhile you only have to trust and relax. It’s like a holiday but it only takes ten minutes.
21.10- 23.10
Exhibition OFF-Budapest

Artwall

Nagykanizsa, Second-Hand Gallery (Nagykanizsa)

Art Wall project creators

Organizers: László (Lafu) Ladány and Syporca Whandal
Workshop – cooperative exhibition and guerrilla action at the Second-Hand Gallery of Nagykanizsa and the Hazai Fésűsfonó és Szövőgyár in Budapest.
20.10
8:00 pm
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Carefree Excercises II - EXERCISES OF AN ETERNAL HOLIDAY

Patyolat (1082 Budapest, Baross u. 85.)

Gryllus, Ábris; Molnár, Csaba; Vadas, Zsófia Tamara

Curators: Gyula Muskovics and Andrea Soós
While Ábris Gryllus fills the space with a live-set that evokes a techno party, Tamara Zsófia Vadas and Csaba Molnár will react on the sound effects in different manner. Sometimes they contribute to the exaggeration of the feelings with their movements, sometimes they remain still-lifes of the ecstatic moments of partying. The sounds pervading the space remind us of the collective experience of parties, this choreography however reflects on the personal point of view, depicts the temporary nature of joy and presents the process of mourning after the ecstatic state of mind has gone. For the performance the exhibition space will turn into a special installation.
20.10
6:00 pm
Gaudiopolis workshop Related Event

People Players - guided tour with the curators of OFF-Biennale

Három Holló Kávéház (1052 Budapest, Piarista köz 1. Entrance from Szabad Sajtó út)

20.10
10:00 am
Gaudiopolis workshop

Our Common Communities Orchestra

aqb Projectspace (1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 48-50.)

A workshop about communities - for 7-14 years old students, including a guided tour in the exhibition "Forecasting a Broken Past" and a concert conducted by the participants. The workshop will be held in Hungarian.
19.10
8:00 pm
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Carefree Excercices I. Sleeping Beauty Project

Patyolat (1082 Budapest, Baross u. 85.)

Brückner, János; Tóth, Márton Emil ; Vadas, Zsófia Tamara

Curators: Gyula Muskovics and Andrea Soós
The artists of the Sleeping Beauty Project invite you to a collective relaxation. You will be a part of a guided sleeping tour that will take you out from reality with playful choreography. While our body is resting on the bed, through the stimulation of certain senses we can levitate between sleeping and awakeness. One seance lasts for one sleeping cycle and 10 people can participate. The dream tours begin at 7 pm and 8 pm, and will last around 40 minutes.
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.
19.10
6:00 pm
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Escape to the Future – FreeDoc and The City is for All Archive

The City is for All (1088 Budapest, Szentkirályi utca 22-24.))

19.10
5:00 pm
Gaudiopolis workshop

Build and Drink - Legosteine und bunte Getränke /// Legobricks and colorful drinks

ART BUDA Alkotóműhely (1021 Budapest, Hűvösvölgyi út 2.)

Kontemplatives Legostecken kombiniert mit smarten Quests und fiesen Getränken. Uwe Fischer lädt Euch ein zu einem Workshop mit tausenden Legosteinen verbunden durch die Kraft Eurer Fantasie. /// Contemplative Lego sticking combined with smart quests and nasty drinks. Uwe Fischer invites you to a workshop with thousands of Lego bricks connected by the power of your imagination. The workshop will be held in German.
19.10
5:00 pm
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The Society of Rascal - Guided tour with Slavs and Tatars

Viltin Gallery (1061 Budapest, Vasvári Pál u. 1.)

Slavs and Tatars

19.10- 24.10
Gaudiopolis workshop

Mathemorphosis I. - Common Knowledge

ART BUDA Alkotóműhely (1021 Budapest, Hűvösvölgyi út 2.)

Become a PI in Mathematics - workshop for junior high and high school students. We will also prepare geometric sandwiches and write punk-lyrics. In Hungarian.
18.10- 04.11
Gaudiopolis workshop Related Event

People Players – “Adventures, Creativity – play along!”

Három Holló Kávéház (1052 Budapest, Piarista köz 1. Entrance from Szabad Sajtó út)

Ex-Artists’ Collective (Kaszás, Tamás and Loránt, Anikó)

Similar to tribal rites and lifestyles, but also drawing on modern technologies, we will create images, masks and music instruments, which we will also play with: • Without paintbrushes, we will create imprints with our hands in a form of a common cave-painting • With the help of a special mask, everyone can turn into anyone they wish • We will fabricate instruments and we will play them, furthermore, we will also amplify them so that others might also hear how they sound Finally we will make a parade with mask and instruments, and we hope that we will also use these once you are home.
18.10
10:00 am
Gaudiopolis workshop

Legotopia - Denk groß / Bau klein! /// Legotopia - Think big / Build Small!

ART BUDA Alkotóműhely (1021 Budapest, Hűvösvölgyi út 2.)

Entwerft gemeinsam mit Uwe Fischer Utopien aus tausenden Legosteinen. Wie würde eine Gemeinschaft aussehen wenn man sie von Null an erschaffen könnte? In einer kleine Gesellschaftssimulation trefft Ihr Entscheidungen und erlebt deren Wirkung. /// Together with Uwe Fischer, design utopias from thousands of Lego bricks. What would a community look like if you could create it from scratch? In a small social simulation you make decisions and experience their effects. The workshop will be held in German.
17.10
6:00 pm
Related Event
Artist Imre Bukta moved back to his birth village, Mezőszemere ten years ago. Living in this village is not only a personal choice but also an artistic and civil responsibility for this person who takes inspiration from – and in fact carves his art from – the reality and habitat around him. The film screening will be followed by a talk with the artist.
17.10
6:00 pm
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Play on! Co-Thinking about the World of Playing

Három Hét Gallery (1114 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 37.)

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." – Plato
17.10- 19.10
Gaudiopolis workshop

OUR CITY – DRAMA PEDAGOGY WORKSHOP

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.)

In the workshop students will play the roles of the members of a children’s republic who have to solve a large scale conflict, first as a democratic, then as a dictatorial community. The only fixed elements in the play are character cards, and how the situation develops entirely depends on the participants. During the session, students will learn about the historical background of Gaudiopolis, can think together about and discuss what democracy and dictatorship is, and experience what it is like to be citizens, ministers, journalists or judges involved in making decisions for the entire community. Workshops are lead by Szabolcs Szirony and Anikó Kövecsi. (drama pedagogy advisor: Rodrigó Balogh)
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.
13.10- 31.10
Exhibition Hide and Seek

Run Free

Telep Gallery (1075 Budapest, Madách Imre út 8.)

Jałowiński, Dominik; Wysocki, Piotr

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
In the form of a several-day workshop, Piotr Wysocki and Dominik Jałowiński organized a meeting between two groups in permanent conflict: traceurs (practitioners of parkour) and the police opposing them. In Radom, Poland, at the location of the brutally quelled 1976 workers’ protest, the two groups joined their talents to achieve a common goal, the creation of a choreography to which both parties contributed with what they were best at. During the collaboration, disagreements once considered fundamental were now questioned, everyday routines were put aside.
12.10- 22.10
Exhibition

Bookfriendship

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

Bogyó, Virág; Erhardt, Miklós; Erlich, Gábor; Karas, Dávid; Kristóf, Krisztián; Pálinkás, Bence György ; Szilárd Miklós

Curators: David Karas, Virág Lődi, Márton Pacsika, Márton Szarvas
The project entitled "Bookfriendship" deals with the heritage of the regional and Hungarian working class culture and its role in the history of organized labor movements. The title of the project was borrowed from Ervin Szabó’s article, titled A Few Words on the Hungarian Socialist Bookfriendship (1916), in which Szabó, who was also the founder of the public library system of Budapest, collected all of the extant Hungarian-language literature of the Left. He argues that the enlightenment/cultivation of the working class is an important means within its egalitarian struggles.
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.
11.10
6:00 pm
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The Personal Is Political

Patyolat (1082 Budapest, Baross u. 85.)

Bajusz, Orsolya

Roundtable discussion with Orsolya Bajusz, Emília Barna, Ágnes Básthy, Eszter Kováts, György Mészáros / Co-organized with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
11.10
5:00 pm
Related Event

Flying Kayak | music & movie screening

MTA Konkoly Observatory (1121 Budapest, Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 15-17.)

Gosztola, Kitti & Pálinkás, Bence & Hegedűs, Fanni

Join us to play music on the instruments of the Global Villager Instruments project, and to watch the first episode of our short documentary series on Ailanthus trees.
10.10- 03.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

From Fake Mountains to Faith (Hungarian Trilogy)

Institute of Political History (1052 Budapest, Alkotmány u. 2.)

KissPál, Szabolcs

Curators: The curatorial Team of OFF-Biennale
Szabolcs KissPál’s installation examines the nature of political ideologies. As a case study, it aims to reveal the historical antecedents to which the current Hungarian state traces back its concept of the nation, and how it enforces this in society. The artist leads the viewer along three narrative threads from the irredentist movements of the mid-war period to the current state religion and its allusions to blood and motherland, which is also laden with pagan overtones. The work was produced with the help of the grant of Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst and Stiftung Niedersachsen in 2016.
09.10- 29.10
Gaudiopolis workshop

Guided tour for students - Somewhere in Europe, Gaudiopolis

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.)

Gaudiopolis or the City of Joy was a children’s republic founded by Lutheran pastor Gábor Sztehlo in Budapest after WWII. Gaudiopolis was the home of several hundreds of severely traumatized orphaned and homeless children. The City of Joy not only gave them shelter but also the opportunity „to remove social barriers and become autonomous, self-confident adults, who strive for self-awareness and are capable of self-criticism, are skilled and educated”. Between 1945 and 1949, the period of highs hopes and grave disillusionment, it seemed possible to create a new, free and democratic world. The exhibition presents the history of Gaudiopolis and other similar projects launched by enthusiastic, courageous and persevering individuals and groups who believed in a better and more just society, and who wanted to renew the political and cultural life in the country, reform education and build a new country – somewhere in Europe.
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
3:00 pm
Gaudiopolis workshop
Let's watch together the exhibitions of OFF-Biennale! Young artists and curators will held guided tours in the exhibitions that are related to FKSE - SYAA, the Studio of Young Artists Association. A guided tour on two wheels.
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?
06.10- 15.10
Exhibition

Wanted Artworks 1967–2017

ARTPOOL P60 (1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede u.60.)

Altorjay, Gábor

Curator: Kata Benedek
What has changed in the position of young artists during the 50 years since 1967? Who are more inspirational: close friends or Great Artists? How does one build networks? What does leaving Hungary mean? Among other issues, the exhibition Wanted Artworks is seeking answers to these questions through the early works of Gábor Altorjay.
06.10- 05.11
Exhibition OFF-Budapest

ALTERNATIVES. A cultural-community experiment

Arkt Művészeti Ellátó (3300 Eger, Gárdonyi kert, Gárdonyi Géza u. 28.)

Bukta, Imre; Fejes, Adrienn; Fekete, Valér; Rostás, Bea Piros; Sarkadi, Péter; Tóth, Zsuzsanna

Curators: Gábor Fábián, Erna Gergelyi
How can a creative group in today’s world find a place for refreshing architectural and artistic pastime in a small Hungarian town of Eger’s scale, characterized by general (and also cultural) emigration?
 Only if they create a suitable environment for themselves. The exhibition examines those artists both young and old who have local roots (relationships) and have had a significant impact on cultural life. This includes both those artists who emigrated from Hungary and those who remained, as well as the role they played in improving the community and Hungarian society.
06.10
6:00 pm
Related Event

ALTERNATIVES. A cultural-community experiment, opening event and jazz concert

Arkt Művészeti Ellátó (3300 Eger, Gárdonyi kert, Gárdonyi Géza u. 28.)

Opening remarks by Ágota H. Szilasi, art historian
05.10- 27.10
Exhibition

For me, Trianon...

Chimera-Project Gallery (1072 Budapest, Klauzál tér 5.)

Benera, Anca & Estefan, Arnold; Chişa, Anetta Mona & Tkáčová, Lucia; Demeter, Dávid; Kadan, Nikita; Nagy, Csilla; Stefanović, Olja Triaška; Stojićević, Lana

Curators: Tamás Don, Flóra Gadó, Ferenc Margl, Vanda Sárai
The recent project of the Teleport Gallery investigates the impact of the Trianon Treaty on the young and mid-generation artists of the region. Does Trianon mean anything for the artist of the neighbouring countries, and if yes, to what extent is it visible in their ouevre? An incidental set of objects – a collection, which is intentionally not composed of artworks, draws a mental map, where the reflections of the artists could be influenced either by their minority or majority point of view, by their generational affiliations or their political opinion.
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
04.10- 06.10
Exhibition

Vanishing Points 2.0

Enyészpontok tumblr (http://enyeszpontok.tumblr.com.)

Ember, Sári; Gróf, Ferenc; KissPál, Szabolcs; Lakner, Antal; Nemes, Csaba; Tóth, Balázs Máté

Curator: Tamás Don
An equivocal title, a technical term used to describe linear perspective, and a synonym for fading as well, Vanishing Points is an online art project striving for introducing significant, yet lesser-known locations of the Hungarian Holocaust, scenes that are part of the same story, regardless of the distance between them. Vanishing Points 2.0 addresses the events that took place between 1945 and 1948, a period with a number of pogroms, blood libels, and lynchings against Jews, which have left traces in historical studies, but are not part of common knowledge.
03.10- 29.10
Hide and Seek Exhibition

Society of Rascals (Towarzystwo Szubrawców)

Viltin Gallery (1061 Budapest, Vasvári Pál u. 1.)

Slavs and Tatars

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The artists collective Slavs and Tatars presents an installation in the form of a pickle-juice bar, referring to the centuries-old kitchen tradition of pickling to ferment or turn sour the romantic conception of fatherland and power. The main characters of Pickle Politics, a cycle part of the project, are pickles, objects of national identity and pride in Eastern European countries. Pieces of the project introduce paternalist, nationalist visions from these countries with a sour, austere sense of humor, and advertise pickle juice, a well-known folk remedy as the sour, sobering cure for the delirium of power.
03.10
1:00 pm
Related Event

Guardian Angels - A conference dedicated to the memory of Gábor Sztehlo and the Guardian Angels helping him

Jewish Theological Seminary – University of Jewish Studies (1084 Budapest, Scheiber Sándor utca 2.)

02.10- 05.11
Exhibition

Work vs Study

Non-Random Gallery (1111 Budapest, Bercsényi u. 7. )

Students of the course How to Make a Work of Art at the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest

Curators: János Sugár, Balázs Byron Horváth-Kertész
Work vs. Study is an exhibition in which the Intermedia students of the Budapest Fine Arts University summarized the results of the Work vs. Study program led by Prof. János Sugár. The program started in 2015 with an aim to analyze the actual dilemmas of being an art student in Hungary. The earlier phases of this program were exhibited at the previous end-of-semester shows, and now, during the OFF biennial it will be combined for one exhibition.
02.10- 21.10
Exhibition
The works of OSAS members are often characterized by rule-based structural thinking and thinking in systems with the potential of generating new ideas for games. Our purpose is to exhibit games and design ideas for games emerging during the work process.
02.10- 31.10
Exhibition

Stranger in the Middle of Nowhere

Exhibition space of Eleven Blokk Art Foundation (1111 Budapest, Kende u. 1. )

Hidas, Judit; Szász, Lilla

A foreign tourist is murdered in a small Hungarian town. The news shocks the public. The exhibition does not only focus on the stories of the victim and the murderers, but also on the small town itself and its citizens. Can it really be just a case of bad luck that such a horrible event can happen? Who bears responsibility? The murderers? The victim? Or society itself?
02.10- 05.11
Exhibition

Breeze

Public space, Corner of Bertalan Lajos utca and Műegyetem rakpart (1111 Budapest)

El-Hassan, Róza

Finding its roots in the ancient architecture of the Middle East (earthen dome, earthen architecture), the building stands in the intersection of several themes defining our times; eco-architecture, the relationship between cultural traditions and the present, or migration and housing, to highlight a few. The adobe dome, a symbolic location for creating a home, is interwoven with the artist’s childhood memories and with possible solutions to present-day crises.
02.10- 31.10
Gaudiopolis workshop

Once upon a time?

Exhibition space of Eleven Blokk Art Foundation (1111 Budapest, Kende u. 1. )

A foreign tourist is murdered in a small Hungarian town. The news shocks the public. The project of photographer Lilla Szász and writer Judit Hidas investigates this case with the help of photos and documents. During the workshop we try to answer questions like: Who can be considered as a "stranger"? The program is in Hungarian.
01.10- 05.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

Rebels

The former Microfilm Archives of the National Széchenyi Library (1054 Budapest, Hold u. 6.)

Little Warsaw

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
At the time of the political changes of 1989–90, revolutionary events took place in the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. The students began a series of demonstrations to protest against the academic teaching ethos and socialist state structure of the institution. The students’ initiatives have served as a model for the greater changes in the political system of the country. In the framework of the project Rebels, artist duo Little Warsaw presents this research in the form of a photo-comic book and a new installation.
01.10- 28.10
Hide and Seek Exhibition

The Taste of Distance

Intoart Gallery (1052 Budapest, Garibaldi u. 3.)

Ember, Sári

Curators: Flóra Gadó and the curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
A group within the Hungarian community living in São Paulo call themselves Turma (i.e., ‘group’ in Portuguese). They typically enact their Hungarian identity through performances (of dance, stage plays, playlets, choral speaking, and informative lectures): they perform their Hungarianness, as it were, both on and beyond the stage. Having followed the life of the colony for a long time as a friend as well as a documenter, Sári Ember now presents a video installation about this insulated community living out moments otherwise frozen in time.
01.10
5:00 pm
Event Hide and Seek

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- 05.11
Exhibition Hide and Seek

acb Gallery (1068 Budapest, Király u. 76.)

Gróf, Ferenc

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
X̣, a solo exhibition by Ferenc Gróf explores the connections between the human body and the written form of characters and texts. On the title page of Thomas More’s Utopia, first published five hundred years ago [first appearing in 1516 - PB], beside a map of an imaginary country a utopian alphabet can also be seen. New world, new people, new writing system. What does the hierographic origin of modern fonts say about them? The mise-en-scène of early modern anatomical theatre underlie the display of works but here instead of people, typefaces lie on the dissecting-table as accents and punctuation in a text of a utopia that has to be reconsidered.
30.09- 21.10
Exhibition

Flying Kayak

MTA Konkoly Observatory (1121 Budapest, Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 15-17.)

Albert, Ádám; Cséfalvay, András; Gosztola, Kitti & Pálinkás, Bence & Hegedűs, Fanni; Ibghy, Richard & Lemmens, Marilou ; Linke, Armin; Szörényi, Beatrix

Curators: Eszter Lázár, Edina Nagy
How do artists interpret the results of scientific research, such as the study of the status of dwarf planets, for instance? How do they deal with exogenous invasive species or the apparent objectivity of science? This exhibition focuses on the relation between science and art: the processes of understanding, the manipulation of knowledge and science, the relative nature of facts and truths.
30.09- 22.10
Exhibition

Taking Time

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

Bruno, Giulia; Vásárhelyi, Zsolt & Simon, Kati; van Harskamp, Nicoline

Curators: Kati Simon & Zsolt Vásárhelyi
What links the Fiat factory in Turin, the protected island of Tegel lake in Berlin and the former Copenhagen military base? By presenting three artistic positions, approaching three social experiments, this exhibition focuses on the process of democratic construction. Have there been ideas and practices in the past that might be worth rethinking? Can the experience of past practices give new impulses for the future?
30.09- 29.10
Exhibition

Pedagogical Partisan Action(s)

Der Punkt (1056 Budapest, Szarka u. 7.)

Forgács, Péter; Hjort Guttu, Ane; Husni-Bey, Adelita; Lődi, Virág

Curator: Virág Lődi
During OFF-Biennale, the gallery space will function as a sort of hub for ideas concerning the role of art in education. Beyond the central presentation of two historic experiments of alternative pedagogy, a carefully selected pedagogical and children’s library will offer parallels and possible contexts for the films, interviews and archive material also shown in the space, as well as linking to other projects inspired by the pedagogy of the biennale on multiple levels.
30.09
5:30 pm
Related Event

Pedagogical Partisan Action(s), opening event

Der Punkt (1056 Budapest, Szarka u. 7.)

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.
29.09- 29.10
Exhibition

Somewhere in Europe

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.)

Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop; Hyrcan, Binelde; Mikulán, Dávid

Curator: Katalin Székely, Consultant: Zsolt K. Horváth
Gaudiopolis was one of the many smaller communities in Hungary that set out to build a better world on the ruins of the previous one. The exhibition will present the history of Gaudiopolis along with similar initiatives that most often were born out of the courage, perseverance and enthusiasm of private individuals (or smaller groups) who were driven by their beliefs in a just and equal society. The research and exhibition project includes both archival materials and works of contemporary art reflecting on the ideas and realities of a Children’s Republic, but will also explore the period of the 2nd Republic of Hungary.
29.09- 05.10
Exhibition OFF-Budapest
An exhibition painting a rather non-paradisal vision of the future is opening in the gallery level of the "Reggeli" in Pécs. The exhibition is organized on the Berlin-Leipzig-Toronto-Budapest axis, most of the artists live and work abroad, their art reflects on local and global problems. The exhibition is accompanied by a music and literary program.
29.09- 05.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

People Players

Három Holló Kávéház (1052 Budapest, Piarista köz 1. Entrance from Szabad Sajtó út)

Baladrán, Zbyněk ; Billing, Johanna; Chetwynd, Marvin Gaye; Ex-Artists’ Collective (Kaszás, Tamás and Loránt, Anikó); Kokesch, Ádám; Koťátková, Eva; Piotrowska, Jovanna; Straub, Jean-Marie and Huillet, Danièle

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
By game, as grownups, we mean looking for the possibility of alternative realities. We play because our intentions are dismissed by reality, and we play because this is something we refuse to accept. A game bolsters new skills and offers new perspectives, therefore—just as any form of learning—it does transform reality, in the end. The exhibition People Players revolves around the joy a game conveys, and playing, the soberness of discovery. A player is liberated and contemplative; they are inside and outside at once, they play and they see themselves playing.
29.09- 27.10
Exhibition

City Theater

Csendes Társ (1053 Budapest, Magyar u. 18.) /

Kisterem Gallery (1053 Budapest, Képíró u. 5.) /

Trapéz Gallery (1053 Budapest, Henszlmann Imre u. 3.) /

Vintage Gallery (1053 Budapest, Magyar u. 26.)

Akademia Ruchu; Filko,Stano & Mlynárčik, Alex; Gotovac, Tomislav ; Iveković, Sanja; Koller, Július; Kovanda, Jiří ; KwieKulik; Lakner, László; Maurer, Dóra; Okas, Jüri; Paripović, Neša; Partum, Ewa; Stilinović, Mladen; Treliński, Jerzy; Tót, Endre

Curator: Péter Szörényi
Eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest. Socialism regulated life, as well as mobility and existence in the public space. Through the positions of artists from the region, the exhibition introduces examples of the directions and the possibilities of neo-avant-garde public art. Documentations of urban interventions, performances, and spontaneous social and artistic events are put on display in venues within walking distance of each other; the exhibition also includes action photos and urban minimal actions that were more modest, nearly invisible, owing to political austerity.
29.09- 05.11
Hide and Seek Exhibition

A Sense of Warmth

Studio Hidegszoba (1072 Budapest, Dob utca 24, 2nd floor)

Johne, Sven

Curators: The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale
The narrator in Sven Johne’s movingly beautiful film works on a secluded island, which is a stopover site for migratory birds on their route from Scandinavia to North Africa. The idyllic environment and the community of scientists there, engaged in noble research, seem to offer an ideal escape for the burnt-out protagonist, who has become jaded because of the paradoxes and abuses of the modern world. However, the island gradually loses its original innocence and becomes increasingly similar to the world that she sought to escape.
29.09- 05.11
Gaudiopolis workshop
We offer a wide range of art pedagogical programs so that every visitor can find a framework in which first-hand experience can be gained regarding how contemporary art contributes to a democratic society. Fundamental to the programs is the agency of the participator – rather a partner in or an equal to the artist in the work-process – as well as the notion of playing.
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- 24.10
Exhibition
Actions within Hungarian cultural politics in recent years have not only made the situation of newcomers to art more difficult, but have also forced them into a position of reaction. This constant struggle is exhausting, difficult work in which personal skills and creative energies are subordinated by the power against which we define ourselves. This exhibition emphasizes the role of self-awareness, the joyfulness of art, playfulness, solidarity and free-thinking in the resistance to socio-political problems.
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.
27.09- 28.10
Exhibition

Forecasting a Broken Past

aqb Projectspace (1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 48-50.)

Altay, Can; Holden, Andy; Kaszás, Tamás; László, Gergely (Tehnica Schweiz); van Harskamp, Nicoline; Šević, Katarina

Curator: Borbála Soós
How should we build better communities for the future? The political vocabularies of past times have emptied out, their meanings changed, and their ability to help in this mission has been exhausted. The notions of Communism, community, civil society, participation, sustainability and the “better future” have been successively desecrated, becoming so corrupted that now they are nearly useless. How would we be able to proceed from here?