Mediation / Communication / Cooperation as Curatorial / Artistic Practice

Free School for Art Theory and Practice with Julia Schäfer and Antje Schiffers / hu /

Time: November 7-8, 2014
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.

To participate in the seminar, please send a motivation letter in English until October 31, 2014 at

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Under Ground. The Jiu Valley after 1989

followed by a discussion with GAP members / ro /

Friday, 31 October 2014, 7 pm
tranzit. ro/ Cluj,
Brassai Samuel Street, nr. 5

Concept: Mihaela Michailov și David Schwartz
Distribution: Alice Monica Marinescu, Katia Pascariu, Alexandru Potocean, Andrei Șerban

Music: Bobo Burlăcianu
Video documentation: Vlad Petri
Scenography: Adrian Cristea

The Theatre Under Ground. The Jiu Valley after 1989 project focuses on the quotidian observation and critical analysis of day-to-day life in labourer communities which were hard hit by the political and social change after 1989. The project aims to document the economic situation, the life and work of miners in post-socialism, together with other categories
living in Jiu Valley. The Theatre Under Ground proposes a performative reconstruction of many documentary narratives. These interviews outlined the history of the Jiu Valley communities on the borderline between survival, migration, extinction and a possible revival.

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Artist Book: Cristina David / Cezar Lăzărescu

Turbo book launch / ro / Iași, Al. Lăpușneanu Street 7-9
Friday, 24 October 2014, 7 p.m.

In the '80s, fluorescent colours, the so-called "neon" colours, marked pop culture in the West; later on, in Romania, in the early '90s, these colours were highlighting the shift towards another aesthetic register, characteristic for the so-called "transition" period – from socialism to capitalism. Leggings, bracelets, miniskirts, tee-shirts, footballs, backpacks, pens, lollypops, pencil cases, chewing gum wrappers etc. were slightly more valuable for the children and adolescents of those years when they were adorned by one or several of these fluorescent colours. In an apparently bizarre twist, but most likely due to an arcane algorithm of fashion, a new popular reconsideration of these colours it taking place nowadays.

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Conference: Local Modernities. National Architecture and International Style in the Soviet Empire post 1953

“Meetings on Architecture” / 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia / at /

The conference Local Modernities is dedicated to the legacy of postwar Soviet architecture: to its masters and idiosyncrasies, its original styles and erratic buildings. It aims to offer a glance at a still-existing void in the canon of the history of architecture of the last one hundred years.

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Creativity Exercises

exhibition / hu /

Time: October 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Venue: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (GfZK), Leipzig, Karl-Tauchnitz-Strasse 9-11.

How people learn, what they know and how it influences their personality, their behavior and their position in society, is examined from various different perspectives. With a focus on Eastern Europe, Creativity Exercises presents historical and contemporary artistic projects that experiment with alternative forms of learning.

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A play by Mihaela Drăgan and Mihai Lukacs / ro /

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 7 pm

With: Mihaela Drăgan, Gabriela Dumitru, Marian Dumitru, Claudiu Eremia, Cristina Eremia, Alexandrina Fieraru, Andreea Fieraru, Cornelia Ioniță, Marian Ioniță, Mihai Lukacs

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Ilona Németh and Documentary Practices in Contemporary Art

discussion / sk /

14.10., 2014, 6 pm
Address:, Beskydská 12, 81105, Bratislava

Vít Havránek, art historian and curator, director of, Prague

Angelika Richter, independent curator and art historian based in Berlin

Zora Bútorová, sociologist based in Bratislava

Ilona Németh, artist, professor at AFAD, Bratislava

The discussion will be held in English.

We can say that in the 20th century, the status of documentary practices in photography and film was that of a veristic discipline mechanically capturing the moment. This veristic nature of documentary was appropriated by art, or it has temporarily became art under the pressure of artistic manifestations and interpretations. Following the ‘documentary turn, the dilemma of the discourse on the moment’s verism and art’s authenticity loses its meaningfulness. One of the trajectories of the documentary turnaround is the documentary approach to the construction of memory and histories.
This is also the path taken by the work of Ilona Németh, entitled Rudolf Szabó (Rezső Szabó), (2014). Its main protagonist, the author’s uncle, ponders the peripeties of the leftist reformism in the wake of the soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. He is also describing his long-term activities in the field of national minorities’ equalisation during the Socialism era, as well as shortly after 1989. The panellists will discuss Ilona Németh’s work in the light of wider contexts – the differentiated view of the reformist movement in 1968, the documentary practices in relation to memory as a signifying chain, as well as in the relation between the real social engagement and its documentary representation.

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Towards an understanding of the Anthropocene landscapes

Presentation by Axel Braun / ro /

Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 7 pm București, Str. Gazelei, nr. 44, sector 4

An event organized together with Goethe-Institut Bucharest.

“Large scale technologies, like reservoirs and hydro power plants, are perfect examples for how humans alter landscapes to satisfy their growing needs. This artistic research project aims to investigate the relation of power and responsibility in the context of recent discussions on the energy supplies. My investigations concentrate on the understanding of technology and nature and the way the connected discourses changed throughout the last century. From the late nineteenth century to the 1960s a strong enthusiasm for technological progress dominated the field. After numerous catastrophes had destabilised this anthropocentric view on the world, ecological tendencies became more and more powerful. On the one hand I want to analyse the communication strategies employed by big companies to maintain their power in society. On the other hand I try to figure out how much the romantic idea of nature still influences our perception of landscape.” (Axel Braun)

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Open Doors: Király Tamás '80s

exhibition / hu /

Time: October 10, 2014 – November 28, 2014
Venue: Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102.

Guided tours in English for groups by request:

Tamás Király (1952 – 2013) emerged in the beginning of the 1980s with his cutting-edge fashion performances in the underground art scene of Budapest. By 1988 he had presented his collection in Berlin alongside the seven most noted avant-garde fashion designers, including Vivienne Westwood and Claudia Skoda, and his creations were featured in such prominent fashion magazines as Vogue and i-D. The exhibition by focuses on the first decade of Király’s work and, thus, opens up new interpretations about his oeuvre that has not been researched so far.

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The storyteller

Presentation with Delia Bulgaru and Andrei Pripasu / ro /

Friday, 10 October 2014, 7 pm
Iași, Al. Lăpușneanu Street 7-9 Iași is opening this autumn with a presentation realized from the perspective of the traveler to the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. The invitation towards the two guests was inspired by the novel ”The storyteller” (El Hablador, 1987) of the Peruan writer Mario Vargas Llosa in which the main character Saul Zuratas travels in the diffuse territory of a dispersed community and succeeds through his stories to function as a binder in the structure of the collective memory of that community.

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Book presentation and roundtable discussion


Book presentation and roundtable discussion:


Guests: Louisa Avgita (Thessaloniki), Cristian Nae (Iasi), Suzana Milevska (Skopje, Vienna)
Moderation: Mária Orišková

The discussion will be held in English., Beskydská 12, Bratislava
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 PM

Published by Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers, Frankfurt am Main and Veda, SAS Publishing House, Bratislava 2013.
The publication has been produced within the scope of the PATTERNS Lectures project, initiated by ERSTE Foundation and implemented by WUS Austria.

Concept and editor: Mária Orišková
Authors: Louisa Avgita, Kelly Presutti, Cristian Nae, Mária Orišková, Gábor Ébli, Piotr Piotrowski, Zdenka Badovinac, Steven ten Thije, Andrzej Szczerski, Izabela Kowalczyk, Branka Stipančić, Edit András, Jana Ševčíková, Jiří Ševčík, Suzana Milevska, Zuzana Štefková
Translation and proofreading: Elena McCullough
Layout: Ján Šicko
ISBN 978-3-631-64218-4
ISBN 978-80-224-1325-1

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Project TALKS: Tina Kukielski

cz /

What Art in the Museum Looks Like (The Carnegie International and the Museum of the Future)

With Tina Kukielski, independent curator and co-curator of the 2013 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art

tranzitdisplay a Curators & Critics Program

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CALL for APPLICATIONS 2015: now open until 3 November 2014

Artists-in-Residence programme of tranzit and ERSTE Foundation at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna /

The Artists-in-Residence programme at quartier21/MuseumsQuartier is part of this endeavour and provides young artists from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic with a guest studio and the opportunity to live and work in Vienna for the period of one or two months. ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit and also provides support for the Artists-in-Residence programme. The jury for selecting the artists consists of members of tranzit and ERSTE Foundation.

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Ilona Németh: Revised Version

Curated by Judit Angel / sk /

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Under Ground. The Jiu Valley after 1989

followed by a discussion with GAP members / ro /

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The Capital of Desires

Pavilion of Republic of Armenia at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice / at /

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A Parallel Modernity. Soviet Architecture 1956-1991

exhibition, Centro Cultural São Paulo / at /

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ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit:

ERSTE Stiftung