AN ANECDOTED ARCHIVE FROM THE COLD WAR
an artist of Hungarian origin, living in Canada, the USA, and Germany,
erects a "monument" to the memory of those vicissitudinous five decades
subsequent to WW2 in Hungary, as well as, in Eastern Europe through portraying
personal lots and the propaganda mechanism. It is striking to see home
made movies, faded letters, and IDs put together in the same space with
impersonal historical documents: coins, bills, placards, books, and street
signs by a classification system based on the objective categories of
museology. The imaginary setting of the archive is the former Workers'
Movement Museum situated in the Buda Castle, which enables the artist
to present this wide variety of materials by different multimedia tools
- as though each medium would symbolize a space/hall within the museum.
A unique aura is created by the polarity of the collective and the personal
throughout this CD-archive: in the work of the artist in search of his
identity the old objects gain a new meaning - they become a collective
Interview by Geert Lovink with George Legrady