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Emese Kürti. //Disobedient: The Limits of Dissent in the Hungarian Experimental Art//

Emese Kürti. Disobedient: The Limits of Dissent in the Hungarian Experimental Art

24.11.2018 at 6 pm

Published at:02.10.2018

On 24 November at 6 pm, you are invited to a lecture by dr Emese Kürti in the third edition of the RESEARCH TANK project from Nośna Foundation and MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow.

In Hungary, the first experiments in concrete and electronic music appeared at the end of the 1950s and were carried out underground, outside official mainstream. Thus, trends in avant-garde music emerged outside the institutional framework, although the main figure and representative of the new music, the composer and radiologist dr László Végh, operated at the juncture of contemporaneous culture and politics. A ‘double agent’ of the neo-avant-garde, as one of the initiators of the first Hungarian Happening dubbed him, worked for the secret police while at the same time being active in youth subculture and involved in progressive art in Budapest. His ambiguous and two-faced position was made all the easier by his key role in the emerging actionism, inspired by experimental music. This lecture will examine the interaction between avant-garde music and actionism, the ethical paradoxes of different artistic generations, and last but not least the complexity of subversive myths in the 1960s and s1970s.

The lecture will be given in English, with Polish translation.

Emese Kürti is an art historian, art critic and researcher, based in Budapest. Between 2009 and 2015 she worked for the Ludwig Museum in Budapest. Currently she is the head of acb ResearchLab, founded for the research and presentation of the neo-avant-garde trends. She holds a PhD in Film, Media and Contemporary Culture from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. In her dissertation, she proposes a new interpretation of the emerging Hungarian neo-avant-garde based on experimental music. Her current research focuses on the experimental art of the 1960s and 1970s, and the poetic aspects of the actionism. Her recent publications include Screaming Hole: Poetry, Sound and Action as Intermedia Practice in the Work of Katalin Ladik (acb ResearchLab, 2017).


RESEARCH TANK documents and promotes research in the field of art history and visual anthropology, placing particular emphasis on the cognitive potential of art and its socio-political contexts.

In its first edition RESEARCH TANK fully reflects the voice of female researchers from Central and Eastern Europe: Marina Gržinić, Caterina Preda and Emese Kürti. By this means project is trying to revise artistic geography and supplement the history of art "written" from the western perspective. By discussing the issues of necropolitics, art in the face of dictatorships and artistic strategies of resistance, Research Tank becomes a kind of guidebook for those who are interested in meeting points of art and politics, seized in a possibly interdisciplinary perspective.