[artinfo] FW: 100 Hungarian Minutes @ Pavilion

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Subject: 100 Hungarian Minutes @ Pavilion






The Westernisation of the Ex-Soviet Bloc
100 Hungarian Minutes


Thursday 16 January 2014, 19.00

@ PAVILION | center for contemporary art & culture | proudly supported by UniCredit Țiriac Bank

Artists: Miklós Erhardt, Zsolt Keserue, Gyula Július, Erika Baglyas, Gyula Pauer, János Sugár, Éva Emese Kiss

Curator: Gergő Horváth

The curator will held a Q&A after the screening.
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 "Hungary has known a very rapid economic growth after the fall of communism, subsequently becoming at the end of the ’90s the model-state for many of the countries in Central and South-eastern Europe, having an open-minded and democratic ideology. Living its communist history as an accumulative experience, rather than a nostalgic one, it was maybe one of the first and only countries in the ex-soviet bloc where a rupture between recent history and the contemporary world was apparent.

‘What I am worried about is how the far-right, what was 20 years ago the domain of the far-right, is setting, even if they are a minority , they’re setting the general agenda.’, said Slavoj Žižek. After a clean drift from communism to democracy, an oscillation can be observed between right- and left-wing politics, lately the right side gaining more and more terrain. Is it just a transitional period or will the Zeitgeist change forever? Hungarians always were nationalists. Is this the key to their success, or will it be the element which will ruin the state? Can a country founded on Christian principles uphold, even after a millennium, the same ideals and at the same time call itself a democratic state? If this mentality will win, it will be a Pyrrhic victory.

In a country which produced Nobel laureates, important artists and curators and a prestigious school of psychoanalysis, for the last years the contemporary artists have been struggling with censorship, traditionalism, racial and ethnic inequality, and a nationalist, aggressive mental mechanism of the deciding masses. In a country in which extremist movements are gaining ground and are inciting to hate on a national and international scale, the political pressure can be felt as much in the institutional practice as in the artistic discourse, generating debates in the Hungarian academic and artistic field.

A paradox appears. How can a country which has such a blood-filled and extremist history become the image of liberalism in Europe, after which becoming an example of discretionary politics asserted by radical governments? Maybe this liberalist image only exists on the surface. If the past government sent combat vehicles against revolts from Budapest caused by the same government, the actual leadership modified the Constitution without a referendum and says that a state without military force cannot be a powerful entity. The lack of coherence in the discourse of the leadership, be it political or spiritual, is producing a societal imbalance and a notable fracture between the progressive and the traditionalist parties. Nationalism and conservatism vs. progressivism and contemporary thought." (Gergő Horváth)


Gergő Horváth (b. 1993) is an artist, curator and cultural manager. He studied music and is presently a student, interested in theory and contemporary art. He considers himself self-taught, even though he attends a university. He lives in Cluj and Bucharest.


“100 MINUTES” is a program based on the curatorial process applied to video art, which reflects the artists’ position in relation to the social and political context of the country from which they come. To date, 100 Swedish, Holland, Romanian and Finnish minutes have been realized and 100 American and Greek minutes are in progress. A project realized by Răzvan Ion and Eugen Rădescu, who appointed the curators of each national section.


The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Gergő Horváth.


Image: still from video Miklós Erhardt, Havanna, video, 16’18’’, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.


The screening is supported by

PAVILION – journal for politics and culture

C³ Center for Culture & Communication Foundation.



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