May 2009: Project: Changes from Below

Editorial

Paintings to penises to pálinka to punk to priests – all changes from below

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“Péter Erdős you motherfucker…”

The punk movement in communist Hungary

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East-German Pastors and do-gooders

An East-German pastor provides space for political discussions and actions to the youth who did not want to fit in the synchronised masses.

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Anything to Declare?

 Cycling shorts, Limahl stickers, blue jeans, Mickey Mouse belts – what were your most precious foreign acquisitions during socialism?

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Resistance with a Moustache-less Face

 A brave freedom fighter with even less hair than brains

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Drums of Darkwood

 Or how comics ate out the soul of Communism in SFRY

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Totally Surrealist, Bejbi: Midnight Authors & Orange Alternative

Architects, artists and sculptors of Socialist Realism gave us wonderfully boxy buildings, chiselled-jaw proletariat posters and Gulliver-sized statues to admire with disbelief… it also provided for artists not-so-keen on the state aesthetic to develop their own artistic interpretation of society.

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Is there a season to everything?

People moved on. But do the ideas move on? Don’t we need the spirit of this ‘era’ today as well? –  Some recent thoughts and an interview about Poland’s “Orange Alternative”. Movements from the 1980’s are history. Mission accomplished.

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Punk in Siberia

Gr.Ob. You can’t enter a block of flats in the ex-USSR without seeing it. But the answer behind what it means continues to prove elusive

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Petersburg. New dimension

Russia is stuck in it’s post-Soviet territory, overwhelmed with the empire feeling… it’s quite easy to rule over this huge mass of people who were made to loose their roots… There are no changes from below in Russia. People simply don’t want to.

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Priceless Cargo

An essay on the ambiguous feelings of Soviet citizens towards the West, or how my parents travelled abroad from Soviet Ukraine…

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Backyard Resistance: Art as Savoir-Vivre

 Who wishes to retrospectively become a hero? Does she/he? My characters don’t seem to wish that. They simply confess their normality within an abnormal environment.

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LET’S GET PHYSICAL!

Let’s get physical, physical
I wanna get physical
Let’s get into physical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk
Let me hear your body talk

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Below the Belt: Nudism in Ceausescu’s Romania

 Take your clothes off and enter Vama Veche

 

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The Golden Age Forever Marked by Inexplicable Loss

The Golden Team of Hungarian football history: inexplicable fall, excusatory rumours and political regimes…

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“Getting Food” in Communist Romania

About villages built on palinka, “resolving” all society’s problems and chicken’s knees.

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