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Anniversary - The Note
Posted: 06/July/2020

ANNIVERSARY

July 6, 1999. The young exhibition space of the Archives, the Galeria Centralis welcomed the media and visitors to a mysterious event. The minimalist invitation previously sent out stirred up the imagination of the public that began to speculate whether what the Archives had come up with this time.

THE NOTE

“Through the coincidental coming together of historic events, those listening to the arguments in the legal protest in Parliament passed a slip of paper from hand to hand with news of János Kádár’s death.” MTV 1. News. July 6, 1989.

On July 6, 1999, at 9:16 a.m., the occasion of the tenth anniversary of a historic coincidence, Centralis Galeria would like to invite you to a recollection of the chance event (Nádor u. 11., Budapest).

The event lived up to the expectations of the invitees, as those present could be part of a historical reconstruction of the “coincidence” of the death of János Kádár, a significant political figure of the 20th century, and a court decision serving historical justice.

For further details, see our virtual exhibition recalling the event.

 
POST-SOVIET - The Photos of Lenke Szilágyi 1990–2002
Posted: 01/July/2020

For more than a decade, photographer Lenke Szilágyi (who has also been working as a photo-archivist in the Archives for a number of years) has regularly traveled to the (former) Soviet Union, witnessing and documenting the fall of Communism and Post-Soviet realities not only in large centers like Moscow or St. Petersburg but also in the provinces (the Black Sea coast, the Volga region, Karelia, etc.). Her photos are sensitive imprints of an era of constant change and territory of eternal immutability. She depicts in her portraits the hopes and despairs of the time, while also adding her own witty commentaries in the diary entries accompanying the photos. This exhibition is the first major presentation of this collection.

 
Visegrad Scholarship at the Open Society Archives
Posted: 29/June/2020
NEW CALL - VISEGRAD SCHOLARSHIPS! We are happy to announce the next call for the Visegrad Scholarships at OSA in 2020/21! Submission deadline: July 25, 2020 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. Scholars and artists are invited to analyze the documentary practices of different agencies and persons on both sides of the Iron Curtain and assess the truth value of related documents/ artifacts. Visegrad Scholarship at OSA For a better and deeper understanding of the interdependent recent history of (the center of) Europe, the International Visegrad Fund offers 15 research fellowship grants annually in the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at Central European University, Budapest on a competitive basis to support scholars who wish to conduct research in the holdings of OSA, and whose current research projects are relevant to the holdings and the given research priorities of the Fund and OSA. For detailed information of the call, please check the official OSA website: http://www.osaarchivum.org/…/fellowship/visegrad-scholarship
 
Blinken OSA – Night of the Museums, June 27, 2020 – Online
Posted: 16/June/2020

Blinken OSA – Night of the Museums, June 27, 2020 – Online

This unprecedented Night of the Museums will be online, Blinken OSA offers a rich variety of cultural and artistic programs. There will be an interesting report about Hungarian museums, archives, and libraries titled The Laborers of Culture. Data on the Situation of Public Collections. It will be available online all through the night. What follows will be an interesting house tour by Iván Székely around the Goldberger House. After the tour, our colleague Örs Lehel Tari will give an interesting presentation on 1989 regime change.

One of the highlights of the program will be the online discussion between art historian József Mélyi and editor-reporter Júlia Ránki. The special edition of this conversation will focus, among other things, on the Night of the Museums, on the museum development project Liget, on new decrees and laws, and, above all, on COVID-19 and the museums. The discussion will be followed by an online public lecture by András Mink, historian, titled Where Did the Democratic Opposition Disappear?. There are no Nighs of the Museums without exhibition at Blinken OSA, so this year the exhibition titled POST-SOVIET – The Photos of Lenke Szilágyi 1990–2002 Virtual exhibition will be opened by Endre Kukorelly.

The exhibition opening will be followed by a film screening, and the online mode will give the chance to "repeat" some program elements for those who cannot speak Hungarian.

 
Roma Media School
Posted: 15/June/2020
Despite the lockdown, our lives as archivists went on at Blinken OSA. Colleagues at the Audio-Visual Department have completed the processing of the Roma Media School (Roma Média Iskola) video collection. Another unique collection has become available for researchers!
 
Remembering and Honoring Claire de Héderváry
Posted: 10/June/2020
In 1998, a special visitor arrived at the Archives to discuss the donation of her document collection. Her original plan was to donate it to the recently established Open Society Archives, but after much discussion, it was decided that due to the national importance of the documents, the Archives would help the acquisition financially, but the collection should become part of the National Széchényi Library’s Manuscript Department.
 
Faith – Trust – Secrecy (photo: Andrea Bényi)
Posted: 29/May/2020
The Galeria Centralis is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, however, our current exhibition, entitled Faith – Trust – Secrecy, is now available online. Through 360° interior photos, scanned archival documents, and explanatory texts, visitors can explore the complex interactions of the secret police with religious groups and those seeking to research them.
 
Nyomtass Te is!, receiving 3rd prize of the SocialMarie 2020
Posted: 08/May/2020
The recipients of the significant prize for social innovation were for the first time announced in a virtual award ceremony. Two Hungarian projects close to Blinken OSA are among the winners!
 
Blinken OSA on global map of accessible archives
Posted: 08/May/2020
A digital map developed by the International Council of Archives promotes a global network of accessible archives – including Blinken OSA.
 
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