Following three prior editorial meetings in London, Berlin, and Utrecht, the Budapest public editorial meeting is at the same time a conference developed in partnership with tranzit.hu and is part of FORMER WEST’s culminating phase (2014-2016), which unfolds over the course of the next two years through a series of open editorial meetings, leading to the realization of the FORMER WEST publication.
There is a Crack in the Museum of History. Is That How the Future Gets in? explores the final collapse of the teleology of the so-called post-communist transition to democracy, and one of its most striking symptoms: the fetishistic obsession of our political and artistic imagination with the past. Through a series of presentations and panels, artists, curators, theorists, activists, and historians reflect on the current crises of democracy, the return of fascism into the political arena, and the current mainstreaming of historical revisionism. Contributors discuss what role artistic practices and art institutions play in the collective production of the past and a possible reclaiming of the future. The program consists of three intersecting strands of inquiry:Towards the Worst of all Possible Pasts?
Contributors include: Edit András (art historian and curator, Budapest); Inke Arns (curator and author, Berlin/Dortmund); Boris Buden (writer, cultural critic, and translator, Berlin); Tony Chakar (writer, architect, and artist, Beirut); Jodi Dean (writer and researcher, Geneva/New York); Ferenc Gróf (artist, Paris); Daniel Lazare (writer and political theorist, New York); József Mélyi (critic and art historian, Budapest); Rastko Močnik (sociologist, literary theorist, translator, and activist, Ljubljana); Vjeran Pavlaković (historian, Rijeka); Andrew Ryder (writer and journalist, Budapest); Jonas Staal (artist, Rotterdam); G.M. Tamás (political philosopher and writer, Budapest); Andrea Tompa (theatre critic and author, Budapest); Zsuzsa Toronyi (museologist, Budapest); Jelena Vesić (independent curator and writer, Belgrade); Anna Wessely (art historian and sociologist, Budapest). With screenings by artists and art collectives Neïl Beloufa (Paris), Szabolcs Kisspál, Hajnalka Németh (Budapest), Milo Rau (Cologne/Zurich), and Tehnica Schweiz (Budapest).
There is a Crack in the Museum of History. Is That How the Future Gets in? consists of moderated presentations, conversations, and artistic interventions on Wednesday 13 May and on Thursday 14 May at the FUGA Budapest Centre of Architecture, Petőfi Sándor u. 5., 1052 Budapest.
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.