THE IMAGINARY REPUBLIC
19:00-21:00 at 3,14
The Imaginary Republic aims to consider strategies for creative instituting and independent social configurations and in what ways poetic acting may work to reconstitute public power.
Seminar #3 is led by Katalin Szekely, a member of the curatorial team of OFF-Biennale Budapest. Katalin Szekely will present the work of OFF-Biennale, and its recent edition Gaudiopolis (The City of Joy), drawing upon histories of The Children’s Republic, an orphanage emerging from the second world war in Budapest. The City of Joy served as a framework for the Biennale, and its aim to nurture new forms of creative solidarity and independent culture in the city.
With a MA in Art History and German Literature (ELTE, Budapest) Katalin Szekely was a curator at Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art between 2008 and 2013. Since then she has been a PhD candidate in the Doctoral Program in Film, Media and Contemporary Culture at Eötvös Loránd University. Her field of research includes new media practices in the neo-avantgarde in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe, and institutional critique in the CEE region from the early 60s to the present. Since 2014, she has been a member of the curatorial team of OFF-Biennale Budapest, the largest independent, grass roots arts initiative in Hungary. Since November 2015, as Creative Program Officer at Blinken Open Society Archives she curates and coordinates exhibitions and other public programs.