Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
15 February 2017
Directed by Askold Kurov, 52 min.
In Russian with English subtitles
The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)
Free admission | Limited seats are available on a first come first serve basis
In the USSR, the cult of Lenin had replaced the Orthodox religion that Communists wanted to eliminate. At the end of Soviet era, in the village Gorky, 20 kilometers from Moscow, the last and the most ambitious Museum of Lenin was built. In former days it had 3000 visitors per week, now it’s only 20. Today it looks like a temple of forgotten civilization, a place that has fallen out of time. But faithful to the ideas of Lenin the keepers of the museum remain. They wait for random visitors in the abandoned halls – and for the return of former times.
The story of the museum is shown through the two main characters Evgenia and Natalya, the caretakers of the museum. Natalya is 52 years old, a history teacher at the local school, fond of the Communism ideology, she really loves and respects Lenin. She likes the place where she works. 56 years old Evgenia is a scientific researcher. She’s also a hard-core new-age believer; she worships all sorts of gods, and considers Lenin one of the biggest among them. But after 10 years of dedicated work in the museum, she now wants to leave it and continue her spiritual journey in another place.
Described by the director as “the first embryonic step towards a totally new form of film expression,” October was and remains a film of multiple challenges. It is the last installment of Eisenstein’s historical-revolutionary film epic, which began with the films Strike (1924) and Battleship Potemkin (1925). After the international success of Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein was commissioned to create a film celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The director used the occasion to experiment with new ways of editing, which he conceived as intellectual montage, as well as to construct a new authoritative account of recent history by presenting a dramatic and dramatized chronicle of the events leading up to and during the October Revolution. While his version of history was ultimately rejected by the commissioning authorities and the film underwent multiple reediting, it remains an important milestone in film history as well as an early lesson in cinematic memory politics.
This screening is the first event in the SHOOTING THE REVOLUTION film series that is part of the WHAT’S LEFT program series organized by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, which aims to revisit the complex socialist ideological and visual legacy in the year marked by the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Wednesday, January 25, 6pm
The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)
kick-OFF: Learning from Poland, Part 1.
Discussing strategies and models of cultural operations that respond to the current political challenges get a strong focus within the upcoming kick-OFF series, a series of discursive events leading up to the 2nd edition of the OFF-Biennale Budapest. In the next kick-OFF event, three art professionals with various background will discuss through specific art projects the changing conditions of artistic production and exhibition making in Poland.
The event will be moderated by Lívia Páldi, member of OFF-Biennale Budapest’s curatorial team.
The event will take place on the 5th of December from 6 PM to 8 PM
Venue: the Research Room of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives. (1st floor)
Address: 1051 Budapest, Arany J. Street 32.
The language of the presentations and discussion will be English.
The event is part of the kick-OFF series of the second edition of the OFF-Biennale Budapest.
Supported by the The Adam Mickiewicz InstituteWarsaw and the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, Budapest. Special thanks to Anna Szylar.
MY DIARY – YOUR NEWS
Daniela Comani: It was me. My Diary 1900–1999 in the Context of the 1956 Revolution in the Western World
October 19 – November 27, 2016
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Goethe-Institut Budapest, in cooperation with the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, presents MY DIARY – YOUR NEWS. It was a deliberate decision to present the exhibition with a perspective that looks back at the days of the revolution from the outside. On one hand in time: the Berlin based Artist, Daniela Comani’s large size art installation entitled It was me depicts the whole of the 20th century through 365 entries of an imaginary diary, while constantly forcing the viewer to take the position of the principal actor. On the other hand we position ourselves outside Hungary to reflect upon the events of 60 years ago. How did the media in other capitals react to the events unfolding in Hungary? Alongside Daniela Comani’s installation, items from OSA’s own collections of newspaper clippings, photos and newsreels document the intensity of reactions all over the world, from Reykjavík to Buenos Aires.
VERNISSAGE: October 19, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
My 20th Century
In connection to the exhibition My Diary – Your News the Blinken Open Society Archives present Ildikó Enyedi’s Cannes award winning film. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with Ildikó Enyedi, director and scriptwriter.
On the last night of the 19th century, two ladies are travelling on Orient Express. Dóra, a high society swindler, sits in the 1st class compartment, while Lili, a committed anarchist, in a 3rd class one. They are twins, but don’t know each other as they got orphaned and separated decades ago. Z., a ‘run-away aristocrat’ falls in love with both of them, and composes ‘the ideal woman’ by forging the two into one.
dir.: Ildikó Enyedi / fiction film / Hungarian with English subtitles / 1989 / 99 min
Public Lecture by Anne J. Gililand
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 5 PM
Of all the information and memory professions, the archival field is the one that is most integrally responsible for the long-term preservation of and access to records and other forms of documentation, which are especially instrumental in the lives of people who have found themselves forced to leave their homes and homelands because of oppression, expulsion, war, natural disaster or economic exigency.
Stabat Mater for the Victims and Refugees of 1956
The Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who died at a tragically young age, will be performed on the 60th anniversary of the crushing of the 1956 Hungarian revolution to commemorate the thousands who died or were wounded and the hundreds of thousands who were forced into exile..
Date and time: November 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Vera and Donald Blinken Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.
Éva Bodrogi – soprano
Judit Rajk – alto
Boglárka György, Elvira Vučurević – violin
Péter Bor – viola
János Madaras – violoncello
Noémi Konta – basso continuo
The OSingers Choir: Luca Dudinszky, Virág Farkas, Bettina Hacknauer, Emire Ibrahim,
Anna Juniki, Žeigure Nora, Emese Szabó, Roberta Szklenár, Viola Thurnay, Bernadett Vida, Júlia Viszkeleti
Conductor: Paul Marsovszky
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives and the CEU History Department
cordially invite you to the book launch of
1956, The World in Revolt
by Simon Hall, University of Leeds
Introduction by András Mink, Research Fellow, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Friday, October 21, 2016, 5.00 PM
1051, Budapest, Arany János u. 32.,
September 29, 2016 6:00 PM, Blinken OSA Archívum
Béla Bartók’s thoughts on cultural diversity (approximately 50 minutes)
Extracts from Bartók’s letters, lectures and publications. The selected pieces will be presented together with his musical compositions inspired by folk music and the phonograph recordings he made during his journey to Arabia.
Performance by József Gyabronka, actor
Péter Sülyi’s film: Moving Images about Bartók (1988, approximately 25 minutes)
Before the screening there will be a talk with the filmmaker.
Editor: Géza Madaras
Blinken OSA Archívum
1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.
Poverty Revisited | Conference in memoriam István Kemény
27-28 September 2016
OSA is making the documentary heritage of István Kemény, outstanding Hungarian sociologist, a leading researcher in poverty and the Roma, publicly accessible. On this occasion OSA is organizing a two-day conference in collaboration with the Voices of the 20th Century Archive and Research Framework, where researchers, professionals, artists and activists reconsider the problem of poverty and exclusion, their significance in today’s society, and outline their vision of the future in this field.
Throughout the two days of the conference unique documents, photos and film excerpts of Kemény’s joint creative work with film director Pál Schiffer will be exhibited, and in the evenings visitors will be welcome to watch documentary film screenings with live discussion. On the two days following workshops will be organized for secondary school students with the participation of homeless activists, in order to sensitize students to the problems of marginalized people and social groups.
First-Hand Experience with Homelessness / Sensitization workshop for students
Első kézből a hajléktalanságról // Érzékenyítő workshop diákoknak // 2016.09.29-30 // Blinken OSA Archívum
A Blinken OSA Archívum szeptember végén konferenciát rendez abból az alkalomból, hogy a szegénységkutatásaival iskolát teremtő Kemény István szociológus irathagyatéka az OSÁ-ba került. Az esemény kapcsán társadalmi érzékenyítő programot hirdetünk középiskolásoknak a szegénység, a kirekesztettség, és a szolidaritás témaköréből.
A foglalkozásokat vezeti: Balog Gyula, az EKH koordinátora
Közreműködnek: Erdős Jánosné Mária és Szigeti Adrienn aktivista
A részvétel INGYENES. Jelentkezési határidő: 2016. szeptember 23.
Pre Session Week begins at OSA!
At the beginning of each academic year The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) hosts students from the various departments of the Central European University for a full week. The aim of these visits is for students to discover the various research possibilities at the archives.
Olympics and Politics - Berlin / Barcelona 1936
An exhibition organized by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Vernissage:June 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
23 June – 28 August 2016
Galeria Centralis, Vera and Dondald Blinken Open Society Archives
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Berlin Summer Olympics and the Olimpíada Popular, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives presents the exhibition Olympics and Politics – Berlin / Barcelona 1936,which examines how these international sporting events became the terrains for ideological and physical battles in the heavily politicised 1930s, and how the two Games acquired different political significance. Using archival sources (newsreel footage, films, photos, etc.), the exhibition views the two-week spectacle of the Berlin Games through the lenses of its counterpart, the Workers’ Olympics, and the war the Nazi ideology so pompously and magnificently promoted through its Olympics.
On June 16-17, 2016, over 25 human rights data professionals (information managers, librarians, documentalists, archivists, lawyers and activists) gathered in the Research Room of the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest for the 37th annual meeting of the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation ( ECCHRD ). ECCHRD is an open, informal network of Europe-based institutions and organizations producing, recording, managing and publishing human rights information.
Vera and Blinken Open Society Archives – Night of Museums, June 25, 2016
16:00-00:55 Olympics and Politics - BERLIN / BARCELONA 1936
Exhibition in Galeria Centralis
19.00 – Olympics and politics on the Piste: Remembering Ilona Elek and Endre Kabos
Saxophone player, János Vázsonyi, improvises on the topic of the Olympics
Screening the private film “Richárd Deutsch: My Journey in Germany, 1936”
(Excerpt from Richárd Deutsch’s collection, Photographs and Home Movies Collection of Privát Fotó és Film Alapítvány deposited with Blinken OSA by Márton Kurutz film archeologist)
In memory of Ilona Elek and Endre Kabos, two extraordinary Hungarian fencers, Katalin Varga, Fruzsina Gólya, Zsolt Nemcsik and Kende Fodor will show men's saber fencing and women's foil fencing.
Judge: Etele Ravasz
21:00 - Musical Background – GARPO
Film screening and musical improvisation
Repeated screening of the private film “Richárd Deutsch: My Journey in Germany, 1936”
Partners: Goethe Institute, Cervantes Institute
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives cordially invites you to a public talk by
Peter Jan Honigsberg , Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, Founder and Director of the Witness to Guantanamo Project
THE WITNESS TO GUANTANAMO PROJECT:GIVING VOICE TO THE PEOPLE OF GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA
Monday, June 13, 2016 at 5 p.m.
at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives