Independent. Contemporary. Art.
24.04 – 31.05.2015
Carlos Amorales, Balázs Antal–László Hatházi, Baráčková Daniela, Hilla Ben Ari, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Borsos Lőrinc (János Borsos –Lilla Lőrinc), János Brückner – Milos Toth, bupap, Celine Condorelli, István Csákány, Gabriella Csoszó, Attila Csörgő, Dobrila Denegri, Lina Džuverović, Gábor Ehrlich, Sári Ember, Ágnes Eperjesi, Miklós Erdély, Marcell Esterházy, Máté Feles, Andreas Fogarasi, Fokus Grupa, Péter Forgács, Freudmann Eduard, független képzőművészeti tanszék / f***k, András Ghát, Goldin + Senneby, Alenka Gregorić, Igor Grubić, Gruppo Tökmag, Ábris Gryllus, Heidrun Holzfeind, innen, Barbara Ipsics, Sven Johne, Dávid Karas, Tamás Kaszás, Káva Theater, Zsolt Keserue, Szabolcs Kisspál, Barbara Klímová, Meiro Koizumi, Ádám Kokesch, Csenge Kolozsvári, Eva Kotátkova, Endre Kovács, Hilda Kozári, Susanne Kriemann, Krisztián Kristóf, Anton Lederer & Margarethe Makovec, Zbigniew Libera, Little Warsaw, Tevž Logar, Dóra Maurer, Attila Menesi, Metanois Artopédia, Mladen Miljanović, Edit Molnár, Ivan Moudov, Daniel Muzyczuk, Csaba Nemes, Hajnal Németh, Anton Ovidiu, Adrian Paci, Lívia Páldi, Krsto Papić, Dan Perjovschi, Alexandra Pirici – Manuel Pelmuş, Tomáš Pospiszyl, Pedro Reyes, Roee Rosen, Łukasz Ronduda, Clara S Rueprich, Katarina Šević, Kati Simon, Konrad Smoleński, Société Réaliste, Borbála Soós, János Sugár, Attila Szabó, Pál, Szacsva y, Beatrix Szörényi, Tehnica Schweiz, The Corporation, Milica Tomić, Péter Tornyai, Villő Turcsány, Ulay, Péter Vályi, Valyo, Gyula Várnai, Zsolt Vásárhelyi, Júlia Vécsei, Claire Waffel, Ana Witt, Katarina Zdjelar, Brigitta Zics
What is OFF?
OFF-Biennale Budapest is a series of exhibitions and art events in and beyond the city of Budapest. Its concept is different from traditional biennials as we know them. Not affiliated with any institution, it is a voluntary collaborative initiative of artists, groups of artists, curators, art managers, gallerists and collectors. OFF-Biennale Budapest is a civil initiative, whose aim is to bring a segment of culture, contemporary art, closer to the public at large. OFF proclaims the importance of independent thinking and action, breaking away from clichés and habitual routines. It is meant to demonstrate that contemporary art can foster and catalyse this kind of activity – in other words, that contemporary art is much more than mere luxury and a source of aesthetic pleasure.
OFF-Biennale Budapest is based on self-organisation and collaboration in a network. It is a kind of umbrella organisation: active and authentic players on Hungary’s contemporary art scene organise their own programmes to be presented by OFF as a series of events, for which OFF provides coordinated communication. The funds come from foundations, and private and non-governmental entities. Neither OFF nor the participating programmes have applied for government funding, and will not use government-run locations. All curators commit themselves to the OFF-Biennale Budapest without being paid for it. Their passion comes from the profound belief in the case and in the common mission they can achieve only together.
OFF-Biennale Budapest will showcase a wide range of contemporary works and projects, from painting to photography; sculpture to installation; experimental film to youtube video; edition-of-one graphic works to multiple-copy fanzine; music performance to sound installation; traditional exhibition to public space action; performance to political karaoke. Besides renowned actors of the global contemporary art scene, legendary neo-avant-garde artists of the 1960s and 1970s, and Hungarian artists frequently shown in major international exhibitions, OFF-Biennale Budapest will also present works by the youngest generation of artists. OFF will provide an opportunity for the public to become more familiar with contemporary art through lectures, presentations and workshops, as well as various educational programmes related to the projects, and subjective guided tours across the venues. The OFF programmes will serve as a kind of immersion course for the public to encounter the sensitive, creative and often highly critical thinking and attitudes that characterise contemporary art.
OFF-Biennale Budapest programmes will be presented across Budapest, in other Hungarian cities and abroad at a wide variety of venues: not only in art galleries but also in artists’ studios, vacant buildings, private apartments, bars, cafés and public spaces. OFF’s pop-up centre at Higgs Field, near St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, will offer a daily selection of programmes, as well as a chance to meet the organisers and the artists during the biennial. OFF’s press office will also be located there.
To acquaint the broadest possible public with the variety, energy and potential of contemporary art for collaborative thinking and joint action. To demonstrate that a collaborative effort and an international programme of this magnitude is possible to pull together via self-organisation. To encourage and strengthen the independent players in this field and to create, through a joint effort, the basis for a sustainable art scene. Furthermore, to offer an alternative to the network of government-funded art institutions.
‘OFF’ stands for similar values and qualities as in the case of Off-Broadway. It is not ‘anti-’, i,e. it is not aimed against anyone or anything. It simply diverts from the mainstream, from solidified routines, and ventures to find its own path, establishing its own form of operation. It finds its own drivers, resources and locations. It may be smaller, more spontaneous and have a tighter budget, but it makes no compromises in quality, and is less constrained by unchallengeable protocols. In other words, going off does not mean turning off. Quite the contrary: it means the start of something different.
Who is OFF for?
OFF-Biennale Budapest’s purpose is to demonstrate that contemporary art is sensitive and open, has a clear vision, and is replete with critical voices. It is an exciting field worthy of attention, which can significantly contribute to the quest for answers to topical questions that concern us all. Therefore, OFF targets all open and conscious consumers of culture. OFF’s educational programmes will also aim to bring the processes and trends of contemporary culture closer to those who have thus far followed this field from a distance only.