tranzit. hu: 10-Year Anniversary and Launch of Mezosfera

April looks particularly busy at tranzit. hu, as it marks (at least) two important moments: its 10-year anniversary, as well as the launch of Mezosfera, the own international online magazine on arts and culture:

From Art Program to Critical Institution: Stories from tranzit. hu’s Ten-Year Activity
Selection from the archive and exhibition
15.04 – 20.05.2016
Opening: 15 April 2016, 6 pm

With works by Balázs Fekete, Zsolt Hajdu, Tibor Horváth, Miklós Mécs, PR group, Hajnalka Tulisz, and tranzit. hu documents

Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.
On view until May 20, 2016 by appointment at or +36 30 570 20 34

With this exhibition tranzit. hu reflects on the last ten years and initiates a discussion about tranzit. hu’s future identity.

The tranzit network is a significant factor of the so-called post-Soros era cultural map and funding structure. As a result of Erste Bank’s sponsoring initiative, the tranzit contemporary art program was launched in 2002, with the unique model of involving local art scene members. Since 2010, the ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit. org that has extended in the last ten years into an East-Central European network. tranzit. hu, established in 2005, was able to develop a stable modus operandi with this kind of funding structure that is usually only possible in Hungary in state-funded public institutions. tranzit. hu’s program that in the beginning did not have an institutional identity, through long-term projects, experimental formats, and various collaborations, has grown into an institution in the course of the last ten years.

The hybrid archive presented at the open office of tranzit. hu is an enumeration: relics, memories, documents, videos, and art works that are presented for studying. “For the exhibition, we invited artist Zsolt Hajdu to prepare drawings based on the stories recounted by members of the art scene in Hungary. Thus, besides the documents of professional activities, everyday stories are also foregrounded with the possibility to note some anecdotes for the future. We revisit the PR group’s 2014 prophecy for the art scene, and we present artist Miklós Mécs’s birthday gift that dwells on tranzit. hu’s all-absorbing criticality. Artist Hajnalka Tulisz depicts in a coordinate system “time” and the relations of motivations in time spending. A selection of drawings by artists Balázs Fekete and Tibor Horváth is also presented: their differently driven commentaries reflect on public issues of the last ten years that happened in parallel with tranzit. hu’s existence.” tranzit. hu

Image (top): Work by Zsolt Hajdu
Mezosfera — Launch of tranzit. hu’s international magazine on art and culture

Weird Geography – First thematic issue

Time: 29 April 2016, 4 pm to 7 pm
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.

The discussion will be in English.

tranzit. hu launches its international online magazine on art and culture. Mezosfera extends on the themes of tranzitblog—running since 2007—in dialogue with the Eastern European region. The English-language online journal discusses the social contexts of contemporary art and pays particular attention to grassroots initiations.

The guest editor of Mezosfera’s first thematic issue is curator Katalin Erdődi. The Weird Geography issue, with various contributions, explores topics of migration, solidarity, and political engagement through artistic and activist practices.

During the launch event, the concept of mezosfera (mesosphere) will be discussed, followed by a talk on informal strategies of traveling to Europe and the institutional practice of forced deportation. The program is realized in the framework of the cultural-social festival Negyed7Negyed8.

Image: Protest Productions Collective: I Ain’t Gettin’ on No Plane! How to Stop a Deportation. Detail © Protest Productions Collective