Repertories of (in)discreetness @ Bucharest

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Repertories of (in)discreetness” has its starting point in the archives of Radio Free Europe from the Open Society Archives in Budapest. It questions the act and mechanisms of archiving “the Other”, with a focus on the European “East”. The project discusses the ways in which information is collected and transferred, the ways in which the East has gained an epistemic body through refraction. Thus we would like to point out the relation between nature of the information, the production of knowledge and its reception.

Radio Free Europe is considered unique in the annals of international broadcasting: acting as surrogate domestic broadcaster for the nations under Communism. It also relied on local official media and informal news in order to broadcast what was considered objective information. Due to their wish to outline an exhaustive portrait of the world behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe Archives give way to a series of questions. What did the archives not capture and what rests uncatalogued and unverified? And, if something was indeed captured, how was it transformed through archiving? What parts of this composite portrait sketched by Radio Free Europe still survive today? And is this portrait only a mirror image resulting from the media war between East and West? By raising these questions, this project looks to divert and to put into a sensible perspective the act of collecting, organizing and using information, in order to question the nature of the information itself.

The project gathers artists and curators from different corners of the world, active both internationally and locally, and who are defined by mobility and the fact of being, eventually, “between” the two former political blocks. This, of course, feeds into the project a fresh perspective on the old debate about “East” and “West”, about the “Other” in general. It is the voice and the concept of a generation that has reached the maturity to look critically both towards the East and the West.

Repertories of (in)discreetness – an artistic research project
Initiated by: Tincuța Heinzel and Ioana Macrea-Toma
Artists: Irina Botea & Jon Dean, Tincuța Heinzel & Lasse Scherffig, Istvan Laszlo

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 5:30 pm
Round table: The Radio Free Europe Archives – between historiographical expression and artistic research

Participants: Irina Botea, Jon Dean, Daria Ghiu, Tincuța Heinzel, Istvan Laszlo, Ioana Macrea-Toma, Georg Trogemann, Lasse Scherffig.

18 March 2015, 7 pm
Sound performance: Maria Balabaș

18 March 2015, 8 pm
Opening of the exhibition București, Str. Gazelei nr. 44, sector 4