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Press Room - 2017

Visegrad Scholarship at Blinken OSA Continues
Posted: 09/May/2017
The International Visegrad Fund extended its Visegrad Scholarship at Blinken OSA for AY 2017/18
OSA and OHR Amend Agreement on Public Digital Archive
Posted: 05/May/2017
On May 2, 2017, Central European University President and Rector Michael Ignatieff and High Representative Valentin Inzko signed an Addendum to the Public Archive Agreement between CEU and the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Sarajevo, the ad hoc international institution responsible for overseeing the implementation of civilian aspects of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords.
Shooting the Revolution Film Series at OSA – Animated Soviet Propaganda 2
Posted: 25/April/2017

Shooting the Revolution Film Series at OSA – Animated Soviet Propaganda 2

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 6 PM


Samizdat Project - Call for interns
Posted: 06/April/2017
OSA invite applications for 1-3 months unpaid internship positions, May-July 2017. The intern will be working at OSA (Arany János u. 32, 1051, Budapest, Hungary). Working hours are flexible. OSA is a part of the Central European University.
Oksana Sarkisova: Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North
Posted: 24/March/2017

Book Launch - Oksana Sarkisova: Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Blinken Open Society Archives and the Visual Studies Platform at CEU cordially invite you to the book launch and discussion of:

Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia by Oksana Sarkisova


Mária M. Kovács (Nationalism Studies Program, CEU) / Chair

Mark Bassin (School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörns University)

Alfred Rieber (Professor Emeritus, History Department, CEU)

Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA Archivum, CEU)

Charles Shaw (History Department, CEU)

Marsha Siefert (Department of History, CEU)

Photofilm -  New Ways of Thinking Film by Gustav Hamos
Posted: 20/March/2017

Photofilm | New Ways of Thinking Film by Gustav Hamos

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 5:30pm

Photographs placed in a cinematic context create a filmic experience. In photofilms, the film medium is dissected into its components. Photofilm authors experiment with the relationship of text, sound and image, reflecting on the composition of the cinematographic. They let us “think” cinema. If a film image stops, the illusion of movement is shattered in that moment and irritation arises, we are invited to contemplate, interpret the image as a concept, participate in the author's study of images, and to be inspired by the imaginary extensions of meaning. Photofilms demand active, thinking viewers. Having photographs placed next to each other in a sequence provokes the viewer to search for connections and interpretations. Inspired by Roland Barthes' “The Third Meaning” it may be said that the future of the filmic is not strictly in movement, but rather in a third meaning, a framework for the unfolding of permutations that make a new theory of the photogram conceivable. ///

The Road - Re Verzio Film Series
Posted: 20/March/2017

A 'food for thought' selection from the 13th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival's repertoire.

March 23, 6p.m.


Zhang Zanbo / 2015 / China & Denmark / 95 min / Chinese / English subtitles

The film was screened in the International Panorama section at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

The film was screened in the International Panorama section at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

In 2008, the Chinese government decided to invest 586 billion USD on infrastructure in an effort to stimulate the economy. Filmmaker Zhang Zanbo got unprecedented access to the implementation of the financial plan and for three years he filmed the making of a section of a highway through a quiet village in Hunan, the province where Chairman Mao was born. The film follows local villagers and peasants that are forced to move due to land acquisition. The management of the construction company want their share of the financial apple. As a consequence corruption and violence has become a common part of the making of the road. Nevertheless, the Xu-Huai Highway was opened with great fanfare in 2013.

Shooting the Revolution Film Series -  Soviet Propaganda Animation 1
Posted: 13/March/2017


16 March 2017 at 6 PM


The first screening in a 2-part program of Soviet propaganda animation offers an insight into the ways of creatively packaging Bolshevik ideology, implemented with a variety of animation techniques. The work of early Soviet visual artists demonstrates how irony, satire, grotesque, caricature, and a streamlined language of political propaganda are put to the service of the new regime, ridiculing and threatening the world bourgeoisie, claiming the moral superiority over capitalism, mocking the vices of the imperial past, and envisioning a bright internationalist and interplanetary future. Nikolai Khodataev, Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Yuri Merkulov, Zenon Kimissarenko, Dziga Vertov, and others are among the pioneers of political animation, which foregrounded rather than masked its agitational message.

The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)

Free admission Limited seats are available on a first come first served basis.

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives I 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

Where to, Miss  and Tiny Little Delicate Foreign Castles
Posted: 08/March/2017

March 9, 6pm, Blinken OSA Archive


Manuela Bastian / 2015 / Germany / 83 min / Hindi & English

The film received Special Mention in the ZOOM IN Student Film Competition at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

Devki finds herself in a continuous conflict between her wish to be emancipated and the deeply rooted traditions of Indian society. Her biggest wish is to become a taxi driver. She would like to ensure that other women reach home safely and would like to be financially independent. On the road to achieving her goal, she must withstand the opposition of her father, then her husband and in the end her father-in-law. Her daily routine is defined by the constant battle to defend her aspirations and attempting to pave a way for her to achieve her dreams without alienating her family.


Rob Key / 2014 / Portugal / 11 min / Portuguese & English / English subtitles

The film received Special Mention in the ZOOM IN Student Film Competition at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

A camera is a dangerous weapon. When it appears in the vicinity of a guarded object or a building, even in a public space, all rational arguments become useless as it is straightforwardly understood as a plausible threat. Yet, no one really knows what's going on. The filmmaker attempts to film embassies in Lisbon from the streets, provoking a range of reactions – mild to aggressive – from the security guards. The simple and straightforward idea for the film brings out an effective message, making the idea of boundaries in public spaces palpably visible.

Creative Worshop for Students - Symbols of Socialist Art
Posted: 02/March/2017

Kreatív workshop diákoknak

Csillagos ötös - A szocialista művészet jelképei // 2017.03. 10. és 13-án // Blinken OSA Archívum //


A program célja: A Blinken OSA Archívum A szocialista művészet jelképei című kiállításához kapcsolódó kreatív diákprogramot szervez, melynek célja a szocializmus jelképeinek feltérképezése, politikai és művészeti alkalmazásuknak a megismerése, valamint annak vizsgálata, hogy mit jelentenek e szimbólumok az új generációk számára.

A workshop kitűnő lehetőség a diákok történelmi és művészeti ismereteinek gazdagítására.

A végén mindenkinek kijár a csillagos ötös, ez a minimumJ


A foglalkozásokat vezetik:

Hemrik László, múzeumpedagógus

Dabi-Farkas Rita, képzőművész

Salgó Viktória, múzeumpedagógus

Szira Henrietta, képzőművész





Március 10. péntek 9:00 / 11:00 / 14:00 (2 órás blokkokban, csoportonként max. 30 fő)

Március 13. hétfő 9:00 / 11:00 / 14:00 (2 órás blokkokban, csoportonként max. 30 fő)

A limitált létszám miatt korai jelentkezés javasolt! Regisztráció érkezési sorrendben.

Kérjük, pontosan adják meg az iskola nevét, a létszámot, a kiválasztott időpontot és a tanár elérhetőségét (telefonszám).


A részvétel ingyenes. Jelentkezési határidő: 2017. március 7. kedd


Helyszín: OSA Archívum, 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

Bővebb információ és regisztráció: Kövecsi Anikó / +361 327-3250 /


“The Symbols of Socialist Art”
Posted: 28/February/2017

VERNISSAGE 2017. February 2., 18:00

Opening remarks by

Iván Székely Blinken OSA Archívum

József Mélyi, art historian

The “sickle and hammer”, or the “red star” are still well-known Communist symbols, but how can we read other images, like “Sun”, or “book” in the context of Communist imagery? In 1974, art historian Nóra Aradi, the omnipotent guardian of Socialist Realism in Hungary, published a book entitled The Symbols of Socialist Art. Her aim was to collect the different meanings and usages of the symbols and icons of “Socialist Art”, thus providing a useful handbook both to the artists and to the audience. Her visual dictionary is a unique document of Socialist and Communist imagery that, a quarter century after the fall of Communism, may also serve as a visual aid, a tool in translating the past to newer generations who were born after 1989.

This communist Iconologia, similar to Cesare Ripa’s path-breaking work from the 17th century, goes far beyond a simple visual dictionary: it also preserves the world-view – in the most literal sense – of the era. With the help of contemporary artists from the Central and Eastern European region, the exhibition The Symbols of Socialist Art explores and critically re-evaluates this visual dictionary, while also investigating the role of its author in the making of the art history of the 2nd half of the 20th century in Hungary.

Invited artists:

Erik Janeček/ APART Collective (SK), Adela Babanova (CZ), Anna Baumbart (PL), Fokus Grupa (CR), Galántai György (HU), Little Warsaw (HU), Jan Pfeiffer (CZ), Randomroutines (HU), Katarina Šević (HU), Société Réaliste (HU/FR), Szalay Péter (HU)

Curated by Katalin Székely
Curator of the section “Nóra Aradi”: József Mélyi
Curator and research assistant: Csaba Gál

The exhibition runs: February 2 – March 19 2017

Jan Pfeiffer: Předtím, než jsem tam byl / Before I Was There, 2008
animation film, 4’40’’

[Film Screening and Discussion -  Patria Nostra
Posted: 27/February/2017


PATRIA NOSTRA - Minor Hungarian refugees in 1956 in the French Foreign Legion.

89 min. in Hungarian and French with English subtitles

28 February 2017

6:00 p.m.

The screening is accompanied by a discussion with the author and film director Béla Nóvé (Historian) and  András Mink, (Historian, Blinken OSA Archivum)

Blinken OSA Archivum / Galeria Centralis - 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Free admission | Limited seats available on a first-come first-served basis

There were some 500 teenage Hungarians who fought against the Soviet tanks in 1956, and a few years later joined the French Foreign Legion – only to be sent to fight in the Algerian war. Thus they were involved in two of the most heated conflicts of the Cold War period, and both times they were on „the losing side”.
Very little is known about their subsequent fate. After a long search we were lucky enough to locate some survivers in Corsica and Provence. Since most of them were denied re-entry to their homeland – some until as late as 1990 –, they continued to serve in the Legion for 20 or 30 years in such far-away places as Algeria, Corsica, Madagascar, Tahiti, Chad, Djibouti and French Guiana.
No wonder that they are still fighting now – at least in their hearts – , feeling obliged to redefine their loyalty to their native land (Hungary) and their host country (France). And of course to the Legion itself, which offered them a sort of ’asylum’ or ’homeland’ for so many years. The motto says it all: ’Légion Patria Nostra’.

Re Verzio Film Series
Posted: 19/February/2017

A 'food for thought' selection from the 13th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival's repertoire.

February 6 - March 29, 2017

People are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Come in time!





Bem Cinema - Budapest, Margit krt. 5, 1027

Blinken OSA Archive - Budapest, Arany János u. 32, 1051

Gólya - Budapest, Bókay János u. 34, 1083

Dziga Vertov, A Sixth Part of the World (1926)
Posted: 16/February/2017


22 February 2017

6:30 pm

Dziga Vertov, A Sixth Part of the World (1926)

73 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-served basis



Dziga Vertov, A Sixth Part of the World (1926)

73 min


Vertov’s spatially most ambitious film, A Sixth Part of the World was commissioned by the State Trade monopoly, but turned out to be far more than a mere run-of-the-mill promotion film. This cine-race across the Soviet universe stretches eastwards, northwards, and southwards and creates a highly ambiguous image of a “union of borderlands.” The film is both a visual experiment with ways of representing a new form of supra-ethnic unity and a novel form of travelogue. It earned Vertov not only high praise as a “cine-poet” but also vilification as an “exoticism-hunter.”  Sixth Part of the World unfolds in six loosely connected parts, each with a different focus. Its pioneering structure and visual language ensured heightened attention to the film at the time of its release – as well as a short distribution life. It was called at once monumental, epic, and a lyrical vision of the Soviet Union.


My Own Private War - Re Verzio Film Series
Posted: 16/February/2017

 Re Verzio 2017

February 16, 6pm, Blinken OSA Archive


Lidija Zelović / 2015 / The Netherlands / 57min / English & Dutch & Serbian & Croatian / English subtitles


The film was screened in the International Panorama section at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

Born into an ethnically mixed family, Lidija Zelović grew up in Sarajevo where she started to work as a TV reporter. In the early 1990s, she fled from the Balkan civil war to the Netherlands but she later returned to report as a TV journalist from her home country. Now she returns on a personal quest to settle an account with the country where she was born. What awaits her twenty years on is a war that is still going on in the minds of the people. With mounting frustration, Zelović is confronted with old hatred and new nationalist aggression – and discovers that her family's role as victims wasn't fully accurate.

Film Screening - LENINLAND (2013)
Posted: 14/February/2017

15 February 2017

6:30 pm

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.

1956 Hungarian Refugees in the US - new photo galleries
Posted: 26/January/2017
A new photo gallery documenting how Hungarian refugees were treated from their arrival to their eventual resettlement, and another gallery specifically dedicated to honoring the tireless work of processing 1600 Hungarian refugees and obtaining scholarships for 800 of them at one of the 600 American universities participating in the World University Service (WUS) carried out by Gary Filerman and his colleagues in 1957 are now available on our Hungarian Refugees in 1956 website.
Call for Applications - Accredited Continuing Education Program for Teachers
Posted: 25/January/2017
Call for Applications - Accredited Continuing Education Program for TeachersScopes and Constraints in 20th Century Hungarian History Instructors: Historians András Mink and Krisztián UngváryOrganizer: Blinken OSA Archives / Central European UniversityContinuing education registration number: 27282-153-2016Number of credit hours: 30Course dates: February 11 - April 29The course meets 7 times on Saturdays: February 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 8, 15, 29.Course venue: Blinken OSA Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.Number of attendees: 20Application requirements:Qualifications: University degree Recommended occupations: High School Teachers, History TeachersParticipation fee: noneDeadline for application: Saturday, February 5, 2017, midnightProgram description: The Hungarian political community is divided partly along apparently irreconcilable narratives and interpretations of its 20th century history.One of the main goals of this training is to offer helpful tools to explore the reasons behind this divide. The course focuses on 20th century traumas that generated radically different interpretations in Hungarian historical memory, triggering heated debates throughout the last century, and up to this day.The classes take place at the Blinken OSA Archives. The Archives, founded in 1995, houses an exceptionally rich analog and digital collection pertaining to the history of Communism and the Cold War, as well as European history of human rights and mass human rights violations. Exploring these collections, along with the wide ranging audiovisual sources, offers a unique opportunity to present and analyze the historical questions at hand. After getting acquainted with the source material, teachers will be able to introduce these sources into their own curriculum. The training ensures the professional exchange of ideas through lectures, panel discussions, source analysis, and the presentation of best practices – and will thus rely significantly on active participation.Submit applications to: kovacsia@ceu.eduDue to the limited space we encourage applicants to submit their applications early / Applications are processed on a first come first served basis.
Shooting the Revolution: Sergei Eisenstein’s October (1928)
Posted: 25/January/2017

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)