There is a Crack in the Museum of History. Is That How the Future Gets in?
FORMER WEST Public Editorial Meeting and tranzit.hu Conference
Date: 13-14 May 2015
Venue: FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, 1052 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor u. 5.
The public editorial meeting and conference in Budapest explores the changing notions of history and memory, advancing the thesis that today debates around museums, monuments, memorials, re-enactments, revisionist historiography, and rivalry between such traumas as Trianon and the Holocaust, constitute a major political battleground in Hungary as well as internationally, aiming to control the imagination of the past instead of the future. In addition to theoretical statements on current local and international urgencies of memory politics, contributors discuss what role artistic practices and the institutions of art play in shaping memories.
Contributors: Edit András (art historian, critic, Budapest), Inke Arns (curator, author, Berlin/Dortmund), Boris Buden (writer, cultural critic, translator, Berlin), Tony Chakar (writer, architect, artist, Beirut), Jodi Dean (writer, researcher, Geneva/New York), Ferenc Gróf (artist, Paris), Daniel Lazare (writer, political theorist, New York), József Mélyi (critic and art historian, Budapest), Rastko Močnik (sociologist, literary theorist, translator, and activist, Ljubljana), Vjeran Pavlakovic (historian, Rijeka), Andrew Ryder (writer and journalist, Budapest), Jonas Staal (artist, Rotterdam), G. M. Tamás (political philosopher and writer, Budapest), Andrea Tompa (theatre critic, writer, Budapest), Zsuzsanna Toronyi (museologist, Budapest), Jelena Vesić (independent curator, writer, Belgrade), Anna Wessely (art historian and sociologist, Budapest)
Artistic intervention in the lecture hall: Ferenc Gróf
In the framework of the event screening of films by Neïl Beloufa, Szabolcs KissPál, Dezső Magyar, Hajnal Németh, Milo Rau, tranzit. hu/Tehnica Schweiz
The Budapest public editorial meeting and conference is realized as a collaboration between FORMER WEST editors Boris Buden, Maria Hlavajova, and Simon Sheikh and project manager Wietske Maas, and tranzit. hu curators Dóra Hegyi, Zsuzsa László and project manager Zsóka Leposa.
The conference will be in English.
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