"(...) in order to see perfect disciplines functioning, rulers dreamt of the state of plague."
To comprehend the meaning and the gravity of the Hungarian government's decision of declaring a state of emergency, one should revisit Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish. The full text is available online, here we share a segment from the chapter Panopticism (pp195–200.)
The Archives received posters produced by Atelier Populaire, a workshop that supported the 1968 Paris protests with graphic works.
“He threw shit at the fan!” Or literally: "He is the bed shitter." One of the best-known posters retorts Charles de Gaulle’s criticism of students.
The exhibition EUPHORIA? at the Capa Center is open to visitors only until February 23—the exhibition addressing the 1989 regime change also includes material from several collections that are available at OSA.
I never met Tibor Philipp. I never met him personally, but I’ve met his name many times, as I was dealing with the history of the Inconnu Group and György Krassó; I recognized him on photos and movies, and I read state security reports on him.
The book about Cold War broadcasting and Radio Free Europe remains to be written. Because of the unusual arrangement of such a Cold War operation, designed to provide truthful information to the countries beyond the Iron Curtain without having access to the reality on the ground, histories tend to be torn between an American side of the story and an Eastern European one.
On October 10, the Swedish Academy announced that Peter Handke was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2019. The Committee elaborated its choice with the claim that Handke produced “an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.”
The members of Inconnu, one of the most prominent dissident artists’ groups of the 1980s, got involved in the emerging Hungarian environmentalist movement in the second half of the decade. This movement was primarily organized around the issue of the Gabčíkovo–Nagymaros Dams that was a joint project of the Czechoslovak and Hungarian states to build a large barrage project on the Danube that would profoundly shape the historical landscape of the river around Visegrád. The Inconnu groups’ focus on environmental issues was deeply related to their critique of the state-socialist regime.
Yesterday night, László Rajk, architect, design artist and politician succumbed to a short, severe illness which he accepted with superhuman dignity. He was one of the few courageous and honest men in the country.