Press Room

URGENT NOTICE - COVID-19
Posted: 03/April/2020
In light of the decisions of the Austrian and Hungarian governments to suspend all university teaching activities immediately, Phase Two of the CEU Covid-19 Action Plan will be implemented on both campuses. This plan will take effect on March 12 and remain in place until at least April 15. Under Phase 2, all teaching will be conducted on-line, effective Monday, March 16. Campus buildings in Vienna and Budapest will be open, but faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to work from home where possible. As of Thursday, March 12, there will be no more events including classes, conferences, workshops, visits and public screenings at either CEU campuses, including the Blinken OSA until further notice. The Galeria Centralis of Blinken OSA will be closed until further notice. The Research Room of Blinken OSA will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding, please follow us on Facebook for further information regarding the situation.
 
Closed Research Room on April 3 (Photo: Csaba Szilágyi)
Posted: 03/April/2020
For the first time in the history of Blinken OSA, the staff has been working from home for two weeks now, away from the physical holdings. What professional aid can an archive offer to its researchers and visitors online?
 
Béla Király in Kaposvár (Photo: Károly Makai)
Posted: 19/March/2020
New content on Will There be a 1989?, the website Blinken OSA launched to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the regime change in Hungary! We have uploaded press photos taken outside the capital, which had not been published online before!
 
Reading in the quarantine
Posted: 10/March/2020
In order to help to spend idle time in the quarantine in a useful way, we suggest reading Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, chronicling the dramatic events of the 1665 year Great Plague in London. The novel – although ever since its publication in 1722, the status and genre of the book has been debated, whether it should be read as a novel, a documentary or a memoir – published under the initials, H.F., probably referring to Defoe’s uncle, provides a highly readable, surprisingly and unbelievably relevant description of life under extreme emergency. The reader today would be slightly ashamed discovering his present-day concerns and reactions to the wildly spreading epidemic. Reading Defoe’s documentary novel provides the experience of looking into an old mirror and being suddenly confronted with our own obscure image. The book could be downloaded from this site:  https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/d783/6e710cf3ea0a80e2ade0f9ecbe58d1bc0a94.pdf    
 
Bifocal freedom
Posted: 05/March/2020

Parallel film screenings of András Szirtes film director and Dalia Neis (VSP fellow)

Birds (8 mins.)  - András Szirtes                             Goray 1648 (7 mins.)- Dalia Neis
Gravitation(21 mins.) - András Szirtes                     Saints (5 mins.) - Dalia Neis
Diary no. 10 (25 mins.) - András Szirtes                  Missing Meilich (21 mins) - Dalia Neis

Time: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Blinken OSA Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

This film program forges a rare intergenerational dialogue between two artist-filmmakers who work with the essay form as a means to subvert and reimagine the archive, its relationship to history and memory.

 
Religion on trial? Film and religion during Communism
Posted: 02/March/2020

March 4, 2020, 6pm

 

Religion on trial? Film and religion during Communism

 

This film screening event presents Communist-era representations of religion of trial. We contrast a Khrushchev-era anti-religious propaganda film from the Soviet Union with a Hungarian film that employs an ethnographic eye on its object of derision. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with the curators and researchers of the Hidden Galleries project, James Kapaló and Kinga Povedák who will present their own research and that of Hidden Galleries collaborator Tatiana Vagramenko.

 
Re:Verzió 2020 - The Euphoria of Being
Posted: 02/March/2020

Free screenings between February 20 and May 28 of the most successful films from the 16th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Eight films will be shown—including the winners and audience favorites—followed by discussions with the filmmakers, experts, journalists, and human rights activists.

The second film of the Re:Verzió series is the winner of the Hungarian Audience Award of the 16th Verzió Film Festival:

March 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

THE EUPHORIA OF BEING
Director: Réka Szabó
Hungary, 2019, 83 min, Hungarian with English subtitles

 
Faith – Trust – Secrecy
Posted: 19/February/2020

Religion through the lenses of the secret police

This exhibition is about the ways in which Communist totalitarian states through secret police operations “captured” religion in images, graphics, texts, and folders in order to control and eliminate those they deemed untrustworthy.

 
Re:Verzió 2020
Posted: 15/February/2020

Free screenings between February 20 and May 28 of the most successful films from the 16th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

The traditional Spring film club of Verzió will bring you once more some of the most beloved films from the program of the latest festival edition. 8 films will be shown - including the winners and audience favorites - followed by discussions with the filmmakers, local experts, journalists, and human rights activists.

Venues: Blinken OSA Archive & Central European University

 
Nataša Kandić (Tanjug/Zoran Žestić)
Posted: 14/February/2020
Blinken OSA condemns both the suppression or denial of facts on crimes against humanity, as well as physical violence. As an archive preserving significant collections on crimes against humanity, the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and the consequences of the Yugoslav war, OSA has a long professional relationship with Nataša Kandić and the Humanitarian Law Center. We express our support and sympathy for the attacked human rights defenders.
 
Re:Verzió 2020 - COLLECTIVE
Posted: 13/February/2020

Free screenings between February 20 and May 28 of the most successful films from the 16th Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. 8 films will be shown - including the winners and audience favorites - followed by discussions with the filmmakers, experts, journalists, and human rights activists.

The first film is the winner of the International Audience Award and the opening film of the 16th Verzió Film Festival:

COLLECTIVE directed by Alexander Nanau, Romania, Luxembourg, 2019, 109 min
In Romanian and English with Hungarian and English subtitles

 
Minden ház érdekes - Budapest100, 2020
Posted: 24/January/2020

Similarly to previous years, OSA hosted the Budapest100 volunteer meeting. The voluntary researchers and organizers of the two-day festival are introduced to each other and their future tasks here, in the Goldberger House. Organized by the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Budapest100 is a festival celebrating both the architectural heritage and the local communities of Budapest.

 
Tibor Philipp (1953-2020)
Posted: 20/January/2020
Tibor Philipp (1953-2020) Member of the Hungarian opposition movement, an activist of Group Inconnu, Tibor Philipp passed away on the 18th of January 2020.
 
Visegrad Scholarship Results at Blinken OSA
Posted: 08/January/2020
Visegrad Scholarship at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives   We invite applicants from the fields of history, the arts, philosophy, and sociology to reflect on the conditions of knowledge production during and after the Cold War. This reflection exposes the intellectual and professional practices (journalistic, sociological, artistic, political, archival) that both reflected and shaped the meaning and scope of the Cold War phenomenon. We are happy to announce that the evaluation of the last submitted Visegrad applications has finished and the final list of winners and reserves has been approved by the Council of Ambassadors in December. Visegrad Scholarship @ OSA – November 2019
 
The Rajk Vision
Posted: 05/December/2019

Exhibition in commemoration of László Rajk

December 13, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Opening Ceremony:December 13, 2019, 6 p.m.
Opening remarks by István Rév historian, György Jovánovics artist


“Tall men go upward; free men go outward, from the innate to what can be learned. They face three demons of inertia: what is down below, what is inside, and what is in chaos. László Rajk the man votes (ça va, ça va); László Rajk the artist makes a choice. Always against the demons of inertia, and always for freedom.” (Miklós Haraszti)


 

 
Szabad forráskódú eszközök az audiovizuális archiválásban
Posted: 25/November/2019
No Time to Wait! * Initializing Initiatives The fourth annual No Time to Wait conference shall take place December 5th and 6th, 2019 (with an optional workshop/codeday on December 4th) at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives in downtown Budapest, Hungary. This FREE two-day symposium will focus on open media, open standards, and digital audiovisual preservation hosted by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and MediaArea.net.
 
The Velvet Revolution of 1989
Posted: 18/November/2019

The Velvet Revolution of 1989

The year 1989 is a symbol of change. For a long 40 years Czechoslovakia, like other countries of Eastern European, lived under the rule of communism and especially the great-power influence of Moscow and the Soviet Union. 1989 brought the fall of this system. Czechoslovakia was one of the last countries where changes took place.

Venue: Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Address: 1051 Budapest Arany János u. 32.

The exhibition runs: November 20 - December 15, 2019.

Organized by the Prague National Museum; Czech Centrum, Budapest; The Slovak Institue, Budapest; the Slovak National Museum; The Blinken OSA Archives

 

 

 
Left Turn, Right Turn
Posted: 17/November/2019

Left Turn, Right Turn examines the social and political context of groups which, because of their artistic and political programs, were drawn either towards the left, or towards the right in their criticism of socialism as it actually existed.

exhibited artists
Members of the Orfeo and the Inconnu groups
and
Irina BOTEA BUCAN & Jon DEAN, LORÁNT Anikó

curated by NAGY Kristóf, SZARVAS Márton

graphic design KRISTÓF Krisztián

exhibition design KRISTÓF Krsiztián, LŐDI Virág

coordinated by SZÉKELY Katalin

 

 

 
Invitation to the launch of László Rajk's Book
Posted: 14/November/2019

Invitation to the launch of László Rajk's Book
 

Date: 21 November 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Venue: CEU Auditorium (15 Nádor Street, 1051 Budapest)

With: János Kis philosopher, János Rainer M. historian, Edit Sasvári art historian, Béla Tarr film director.

Moderated by András Mink
 

The event is in Hungarian.

 
DocLab 2019 Projects
Posted: 05/November/2019

Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Impact through film – Human rights in focus

The 5th edition of Doc Lab, co-organized by Verzió and the CEU Visual Studies Platform, will mentor 9 projects in the frame of an intensive filmmaking workshop at CEU Mirabaud Lab from November 11th till 14th. Participants will receive guidance and mentorship in creating a trailer, a short film or documentary essay or in editing a scene or episode from a feature-length project in development. The Doc Lab films will be presented by the participants and the international team of tutors (Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga, Moniek Wester Keegstra, Jeremy Braverman, Levente Pap) on November 15th at 16.30 at the Blinken OSA Archive.

Doc Lab films are subtitled and presented in English.

 
Sharpen your perspective – The 16th Verzio Film Festival is coming soon
Posted: 04/November/2019

Sharpen your perspective – The 16th Verzio Film Festival is coming soon

Between November 12th and 17th, Verzio Film Festival invites you on an amazing trip around the world via the finest human rights documentaries, which will be shown in Budapest, Debrecen, Kecskemét, Pécs, Szeged, and Szombathely. The festival offers three thematic sections that put the state of media, the life of young people, and the Anthropocene age in the limelight.

 
Budapest: Screening and Talk by Dani Gal
Posted: 25/October/2019

2019 | Budapest: Screening and Talk by Dani Gal
29 October, 6.00 to 8.00 pm

Venue: Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society archives | Arany János u, 32, Budapest 1051, Hungary
Hosted by: Katalin Székely, Creative Programme Office, Central European University – Open Society Archives

Part of  2019 artist-in-residence, Blood Mountain Projects
Discussion chaired by Prof. Hedvig Turai, art historian and critic

 
Dot.To.Dot – new curatorial visitor program starts
Posted: 15/October/2019

Dot.To.Dot – new curatorial visitor program starts, targeting the Hungarian contemporary art scene run in cooperation between OFF-Biennale and IMPEX
with the lecture of our first international guest, Farid Rakun.

Dot.To.Dot is a newly established curatorial visitor program aiming to boost the links between the members of the Hungarian and international art scenes. We plan to invite 4-5 international curators and critics yearly with stimulating professional backgrounds for a short research trip to Budapest/Hungary. Based on preliminary dialog the tailor-made program of our guests includes meetings with Hungarian art and cultural players sharing common interests and research topics. Additionally, we also organize public events in order to offer a platform for discussion for a wider audience.

 
Archival courses in AY 2019/20
Posted: 04/September/2019
Courses offered by the faculty and staff of Blinken OSA at CEU’s Budapest Campus in AY 2019/2020 include: Makers of the Past: Manufacturing Stories (Facts, Evidence, Proofs) István Rév, Ioana Macrea-Toma, 2 cr, PhD | Department of History Archives, Evidence and Human Rights András Mink, Iván Székely, Csaba Szilágyi, 3 cr, MA | Department of Legal Studies/History Archives and Evidentiary Practices Specialization Csaba Szilágyi et al, 9 cr, MA | Department of History
 
1989 from a Different Angle – Storytelling as a Community Building Mechanism
Posted: 03/September/2019

1989 from a different angle – Storytelling as a community building mechanism – a visit and a great learning experience at Blinken OSA

On September 2, 2019, a group of 30 teachers and students from 12 different Eastern European countries visited the OSA . The group was participating in a program co-organized by the US State Department and World Learning. They had visited important East and Central European sites of the 1989 transition such as Prague, Bucharest, Timisoara and finished their tour in Budapest to collect the memories of 1989, the communism and post-communism through the eyes and experiences of those who were witnesses to those times.

 
Visegrad Scholarship Results at Blinken OSA
Posted: 29/August/2019
Visegrad Scholarship at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives We are happy to announce that the evaluation of the last submitted Visegrad applications has finished and the final list of winners and reserves has been approved by the Council of Ambassadors.
 
Collective Dreams and Bourgeois Villas – Site Plan of the Hungarian CIRPAC Group
Posted: 04/July/2019

Collective Dreams and Bourgeois Villas – Site Plan of the Hungarian CIRPAC Group

Blinken Open Society Archives, Galeria Centralis

May 4 – September 15, 2019

Joint opening of the exhibition and the 2019 edition of Budapest100 entitled In the Footsteps of Bauhaus: May 3, 2019, 6 p.m.

Greetings by:

István Rév, Director, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at CEU

Bálint Kádár, President, Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre

In interwar Hungary, the CIRPAC group was one of the most important representatives of “Neues Bauen” [New building] movement. Farkas Molnár, József Fischer, and their associates, who were linked to Bauhaus and its mentality in several ways, ventured beyond the framework of architecture. Addressing social issues, they wrote publications and organized presentations and exhibitions—even if it meant confrontations with the authorities. Thus, besides architectural achievements, their site plan also presents the complex political conditions of the 1930s.

 

 
Invitation to create the web frontend of Blinken OSA’s Yugoslavia Archive portal
Posted: 04/July/2019
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA) at Central European University is inviting bids to design and build a web frontend for Blinken OSA’s Yugoslavia Archive Project (YAP) portal, a search and discovery interface for selected archival materials (digital and/or metadata).
 
“We like: music, sports, films… Coca-Cola, love… just like you!”
Posted: 02/July/2019
In April 2019, Blinken OSA donated over 100 letters written by children of Sarajevo to their peers in the US during the war (1993) to the War Childhood Museum. Now in the permanent collection of the museum, the letters will be exhibited after their authors have been contacted. A recent article published on Balkan Insight features one of the letters’ authors, while the whole story of the collection and its repatriation is revealed.
 
children's war letters from Sarajevo
Posted: 02/July/2019
In April 2019, Blinken OSA donated over 100 letters written by children of Sarajevo to their peers in the US during the war (1993) to the War Childhood Museum. Now in the permanent collection of the museum, the letters will be exhibited after their authors have been contacted. A recent article published on Balkan Insight features one of the letters’ authors, while the whole story of the collection and its repatriation is revealed.