1989 – the year when the Iron Curtain fell. Borders dissolved. Hope was in the air. What is today in the air? Thinking about freedom, what did happen to that promise? And what is freedom anyway?
We are looking for freedom: being a “free” artist on the “free” market? Everybody an agent: not for Stasi but for themselves as a product? Creating art that channels between us – not exactly Radio Free Europe but in an enhanced way: TV Free Europe!
TV Free Europe is a mix of theatre, performance, public art, university classes, street interventions, life, thinking about own work structures, video art and first of all: artistic research. On the way, inspiring sites and stories connected to 1989 are being revisited. What about forgotten East underground culture? What about free media trials and new forms of communities during the -so called- system change? What can be used from them today?
Europe’s borders today seem to be as tight as the pixel system on the screens. Where to escape through the fence and where are we going?
TV Free Europe is a medium that asks questions and tries in itself to create worthwhile living and working structures. It includes open process and failure. It sends messages from the future and broadcasts the past live now in your personal TV. Everybody is their own, individual TV. We happily dig out our old clichés about TV living rooms and create a common “TV” making and “TV” watching -> The Network -> the (former) mainstream media clashes with our nowadays imaginations and realities.
Fail the system and follow the wild.
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TV Free Europe was initiated by the budapest-based artist co-op Pneuma Szöv. and KÖME – Association of Cultural Heritage Managers.
Budapest, Szombathely (HU), Leipzig (DE), Tårnby Torv – Copenhagen (DK), Oberwart (AT), Nova Gorica (SLO) and on air
Pneuma Szöv., KÖME – Association of Cultural Heritage Managers, OHO – Offenes Haus Oberwart (AT), University Nova Gorica (SL), UT Connewitz (Leipzig / DE), Tårnby Park Studio (DK), Pneuma Vizuál, BOHÉM Klub, ELTE Savaria University Centre – Department of Visual Arts, Szombathely Arts High School
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, with the support of Allianz Kulturstiftung and the U.S. Embassy of Budapest