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RULES CHB FESTIVAL 04–08.06.2018








We didn’t do it! Crew: Mental Gym* ground floor 20:00–20:30 Dominika Trapp: Peasants in Atmosphere – Footnotes 1st floor 20:40–21:00 Clément Layes / Public in Private ONON 4 2nd floor

We didn’t do it! Crew: Canteen Party ground floor 20:00–21:00 Peasants in Atmosphere 2nd floor 21:00 Hungarian Folk Dance-house 1st floor

21:15–22:00 Sergiu Matis: Nocturne for broken vocal cords 1st floor

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We didn’t do it! Crew: Curiosity Mandala* ground floor 19:00–21:00 We didn’t do it! Crew: Sex Ed workshop* ground floor 21:30–23:00 Freiluftkino CHB + Hungarian Film Club Berlin presents The Very Best of the 6th Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival CHB courtyard



Ongoing Program




We didn’t do it! Crew: Mirror Meditation* 5th floor

We didn’t do it! Crew: Curiosity Mandala ground floor

We didn’t do it! Crew: Recess



We didn’t do it! Crew: I Hug You, You Hug Me* ground floor 19:00-20:00 21:00-22:00 Julia Gladstone with Xenia Taniko: gen 1st floor 19:00–22:00 Irina Demina and Tobias Leira: Herbarium Lab 3rd floor 20:00–21:00 Canabarro/Molnár/ Vadas/Vass: DEEPER 2nd floor 20:00–22:00 AAAA: How To Feel Better? 3rd floor

We didn’t do it! Crew: Mandala Elimination Ceremony ground floor 19:30–21:00 We didn’t do it! Crew: Public Jam ground floor 21:00–22:30 Žagar 2nd Floor 22:30–24:00 Freakin’ Disco CHB courtyard

16:00–23:00 Interactive exhibition ground floor 19:00–22:00 Daily performances ground floor

Think Before You Act

Yes, the RULES “Think Before You Act” – So many times have we heard this year’s festival motto at school or from our parents that its actual meaning has dissolved. Yet, we have been trying to do exactly that at CHB since 2015: building up a new program and operational structure that will both illuminate Hungarian culture and creativity in a new way and re-innovate our own institutional model. Breaking the rules we all know too well: this is usually what keeps us occupied. This is why we choose interdisciplinary program formats, to enhance collaborations between actors of different nationalities. Montag Modus, now in its fourth year, has been presenting the best of theatre, performance and contemporary dance from both Budapest and Berlin. We have kept an eye on the recent renaissance in the Hungarian film culture and brought the newest productions to the German capital. Our music programs focus on process-based formats, improvisation and unique experience, including the co-existence and interaction of audio and visual elements. For visual and fine artists, we have established a content-development platform at CHB – the formats CHB Atelier and CHB Residency guarantee the possibility of site-specific activity in the building. This approach means the persistent doubt of expertise that would anyway slowly petrify into routines. What does being contemporary mean? How can we secure freedom and visibility for artistic creation in the 21st century? What program formats should we use to reach the people of the digital era and leave a message to future generations about our existence? How are we able to show an appealing and exciting side of Hungary, a country existing as a part of borderless Europe and yet sometimes looking so distant? The ongoing work at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin is a research process and a live experiment at the same time: RULES is the perfect chance to join it. Welcome to the cultural lab! We write the rules: but recommend that you think before you act. Gábor Kopek Director

RULES The third annual festival organized by Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, RULES aims to share a broader spectrum of our programs via performances, installations, music events and concerts and film screenings. This cross-disciplinary festival is thematically in sync with the institutions’ key annual issue. In 2016 the theme RITUALS reflected on the phenomenon of belonging to a group, while in 2017, FORMS was centred around the process of rearrangement. In 2018, which is the last year of the triennial program format, CHB focuses on the topic of order and system. The theme also contributes to the curatorial process and approach to programming structure throughout the year. RULES investigates the rules and systems at play in everyday life focusing on the invisible ruling, rigid and obstinate structures as well as on personal habits, hereditary conditions and behavioural forms that are encoded in our DNA. What would be the correct way of approaching traditionalism from a contemporary artistic point of view? How should we approach both academic and personal educational theories in our world ruled by digital technologies? How drastically can composition rules be redesigned? Is it possible to establish a 21st century collective culture while keeping a balance between traditionalism and innovation? The five day festival showcases a healthy variety of genres while enabling space for further site-specific creative processes to take place at the CHB. Making use of all six floors of the building during the festival is a challenge both for the artists and the curatorial team. The festival is a place for experimentation and exploration with some productions making their world debut here in Berlin. During the festival CHB is open from 16:00 to 23:00, on Friday until 02:00 (Saturday). There is free entry for all works in the program. Curators Dániel Kovács Program Director, CHB Endre Vazul Mándli Project Leader, CHB Léna Szirmay-Kalos Project Leader, CHB

16:00–23:00 Interactive exhibition 19:00–22:00 Daily performances CHB Breuer Hall, ground floor We didn’t do it! Crew Recess In recent times, the common tendency towards creating order has arguably pursued an ideological vision that supports an authoritarian presence in social structures and institutions. While a lack of order can lead to an environment of chaos, a fervent insistence on establishing order can create settings that are severely rigid. How is the human propensity towards order problematic in both an individual and collective sense? We didn’t do it! Crew identify this tension as they explore personal school experiences that occurred decades ago. These artists, now in their thirties, evoke school as an institutional system where norms are learnt. They establish the classroom as a laboratory, which functions to facilitate the acceptance of top-down power structures from a young age – something that continues to be a source of frustration and anxiety, even as an “adult”. The project Recess seeks to challenge these through a process of “unlearning” in an attempt to liberate the autonomy of both the individual and collective mind. There are things that are good to do alone and there are some that are better in a team. Since 2009 Péter Bátory, János Brückner, Mátyás Falvai, Máté Filler, Ottó Szabó and Márton Emil Tóth have been running their collective called We didn’t do it! Crew / Nemmivoltunk! Crew. Together they cover almost all mediums and through this share their own perspectives of the world out there, which is both playful and engaging for an audience who likes experimental situations. Principal areas of exploration include forms of obligation and institutional control such as rules and education.

Photo: Mátyás Falvai


Monday 20:00–20:30 CHB Weininger Hall, 1st floor Montag Modus presents Dominika Trapp Peasants in Atmosphere – Footnotes The Peasants in Atmosphere group attempts to give an interpretation of the heritage of traditional culture, critically considering the progressive strains of contemporary art alongside a new generation of Táncház – a Hungarian Dance-House movement. Throughout the 1970’s dance houses were important venues of Hungarian “counterculture” during socialist times. In recent times discussions about peasant culture are often associated with right wing politics, and the interpretations of it are dominated by traditionalism. In the form of a collaborative work, the Peasants in Atmosphere group explore the heritage of folk culture through critical methodology. The lecture performance Peasants in Atmosphere – Footnotes by Dominika Trapp will be accompanied by Áron Porteleki’s music and aims to contextualize the musical piece based on the extensive research by Peasants in Atmosphere, which will be performed at the CHB on Tuesday 5th June at 8pm. Dominika Trapp graduated as a painter at the University of Fine Arts, Budapest in 2012. In her recent research-based projects she deals with the relation of the subject to global/local trends, and the artist’s competence within this context. In her curatorial work she attempts to create a dialogue for communities that are separated from each other because of cultural, political, geographical or other reasons. She has participated in several exhibitions with her solo work in Hungary, Berlin, London, Brno and Istanbul.

Monday 20:40–21:00 CHB Moholy-Nagy Hall, 2nd floor Montag Modus presents Clément Layes / Public in Private ONON 4 In ONON 4, the focus is set on opening and closing doors, asking questions about a crime and dealing with intense emotions. ONON is a series of 7 short performances that will be created between 2017 and 2019, culminating in a final performance that is composed of the 7 previous ones. The ONON series is part of a new research on rhythm including the projects The Eternal Return and The Emergency Artist. We look at rhythm as a dangerous and exciting concept because it operates directly on the level of the experience and affects us even before we can consciously think about it. Concept: Clément Layes By and with: Cécile Bally, Nir Vidan, Asaf Aharonson Scenography: Clément Layes, Jonas Maria Droste Production Management: björn & björn Funded by the Senat Department for Culture and Europe. Clément Layes has been living and working as a choreographer and performer in Berlin since 2008, where he co-founded the company Public in Private together with Jasna Layes Vinovrski. At the intersection between choreography, the visual arts and philosophy, his work primarily engages observations on daily life. His performances – among them Allege (2010), Der grüne Stuhl (2012), Things that surround us (2012), dreamed apparatus (2014), TITLE (2015) and “The Eternal Return“ (2017) – are shown internationally.

21:15–22:00 CHB Weininger Hall, 1st floor Montag Modus presents Sergiu Matis Nocturne for broken vocal cords Nocturne for broken vocal cords is a part of Sergiu Matis’ Noise Nocturnes, a series of performances and texts that revisit the romantic genre, its fascination of the night and darkness, imitations of nature and flirtations with folklore. The massive blocks of acoustic and motoric noise, as well as the abundance of recycled texts spoken at high speed or shouted, constitute the dense score of the nocturne. Choreographic tools applied to movement and voice make navigation possible through the overload of glitches and fragmented moves and sounds, by supporting chaos with coherence. Intense shouting transforms the voice into a hopeless and hurtful tune. Sergiu Matis is a dancer and choreographer. Contaminated with ballet technique at an early age in freshly post-communist Romania, he is looking now for a new virtuosity, learning from the machines, scrambling fragments of history and skipping and swiping through archives both personal or belonging to Western dance history. Matis likes playing with language in the form of performative texts, choreographing meaning and ideas, flirting with poetry and theory with a pinch of visceral filth and groovy noises in there too.

Photo: Aaron Graham


20:00–21:00 CHB Moholy-Nagy Hall, 2nd floor Peasants in Atmosphere The Peasants in Atmosphere group attempts to give an interpretation of the heritage of traditional Hungarian culture, critically considering the progressive strains of contemporary art alongside a new generation of Táncház – a Hungarian Dance-House movement, in the form of collaborative work based on extensive research. Throughout this research process, an emphasis is placed on the study of the works of the artist collective – one could say progenitors – that, with progress in mind, found inspiration in the culture of Hungarian peasantry. Beside the founding musicians of the Dance-House, the research focuses on movements of the early Hungarian avant-garde, particularly on the young activists coalescing around Lajos Kassák. Influenced by the revolutionary thoughts of Bartók, they turned their attention to vernacular culture, towards an indisputable evidence of unity between ’nations incited against each other and commanded onto battlefields’ – as well as on representatives of an “other Hungary” in which Bartók recognized the possibility of intellectual renewal. The project’s title is a further reference to this period. Peasants in Atmosphere is a poem by József Lengyel that was premiered in 1917 at the first arts matinee of Lajos Kassák’s MA journal with Bartók and Schönberg pieces. With the title an act of self-criticism, the group acknowledges that just in the case of the above-mentioned movements, serving different ideologies the culture of the defenceless peasantry is yet again being appropriated and arbitrarily staged as part of a certain atmosphere. Founder: Dominika Trapp Participants: Márton Bertók, Katalin Éri, Botond Keresztesi, Ildikó Kele, Ádám Kiss-Balbinat, Andor Maruzsenszki, Lilla Neményi, Áron Porteleki, Krisztián Puskár, Erika Szurcsik, Dominika Trapp Funded by OFF-Biennale Budapest and supported by NKA.

Photo: András Kollmann


21:30–23:00 CHB courtyard Freiluftkino CHB + Hungarian Film Club Berlin presents The Very Best of the 6th Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival Friss Hús is Hungary’s leading short film festival, already accomplishing its sixth edition in April 2018. Hungarian Film Club Berlin and CHB are proud to bring award-winning Hungarian films to Berlin, made by some of the most interesting creators of Hungarian cinema today. Hajni Kis, who was nominated for a Student Oscar last year with her debut short Beautiful Figure, not only returned this year with another short but also won the Friss Hús competition. Last year’s Oscar-winning director Kristóf Deák is back with his newest short film Best Game Ever for which he received a Special Mention award. We will also see the work of multiple-award-winning animation director Péter Vácz. The courtyard is open from 20:00, screening starts at 21:30. Screening program Last Call (Hajni Kis, 27’) – Best Film Take Me Please (Olivér Hegyi, 14’) – Best Animation Fiasco (Szabolcs Nagy, 5’) – Most Promising Under 30 Director Pillowface (Péter Vácz, 11’) – Special Mention Best Game Ever (Kristóf Deák, 20’) – Special Mention Siege (István Kovács, 22‘) – Special Mention

Photo: Pillowface


Thursday 19:00–22:00 CHB Kozma Hall, 3rd floor Irina Demina + Tobias Leira Herbarium Lab Herbarium Lab is a crossover research project exploring natural phenomena and how it affects our sensory bodies. In what way can sensory experience, inanimate phenomena and nonmaterial substances become a source for performance and visual art? How can natural sciences be applied in art, for the purpose of creating a “Herbarium”, where the collection, selection and classification becomes an empirical method? How can one create and trigger the experience without reproducing the natural phenomenon? Herbarium Lab is a poetically embodied mythology explored from different perspectives and articulated through various media. Funded by the Cultural Authorities of Norway with additional support of Pikene pa Broen (Kirkenes, Norway), Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. Irina Demina is a freelance choreographer and dance artist from Russia. She graduated from HZT Berlin (MA Choreography). In 2013 received the third prize in the competition “The best German dance solo” in Leipzig. Tobias Leira Tobias Leira is a lighting and stage designer from Norway. He graduated from Dramatiska Institutet im Stockholm, Sweden and is working with various theatres and artists worldwide.

Thursday 19:00–20:00 and 21:00–22:00 CHB Weininger Hall, 1st floor Julia Gladstone with Xenia Taniko gen gen is a physics of the psyche; a sculpture of affiliation; a machine that reconstructs the self. The substance is a formless, shapeshifting mass – tangled and pressing. Together, the performers become a congregation of selves, resulting in network of interdependent relationships. The notion of the singular, coherent performer gets torn down to make way for a textured and unpredictable psyche-as-landscape. We harness the primordial and the ineffable in order to create future bodies in real time, recalculating how to be together right now. Concept, Process, Direction: Julia Gladstone Choreography, Performance: Julia Gladstone + Xenia Taniko Julia Gladstone is a performer, artist, and teacher who imagines the self beyond the limits of physical containment. She has presented independent and collaborative work internationally at institutions such as at Volksroom (BE), Center Chorégraphique National (FR) or Judson Memorial Church (NYC). Xenia Taniko is an artist based in Berlin and working in performance and choreography. Her art draws from cultures of collaboration and she approaches choreography as an experimental practice of relating. Xenia is a member of the collective Female Trouble. Her work has been presented at Tanztage at Sophiensaele Berlin, Veem Theatre Amsterdam (NL), Bazaar Festival Prague (CZ), a.o.

Thursday 20:00–21:00 CHB Moholy-Nagy Hall, 2nd floor

DEEPER is a constant movement, sinking into the understanding and experiencing of “the other”. It explores interaction through the sense of touch. Touch has its own language, it demands our time and it doesn’t give in easily. It is direct and specific but also caring and tender. Touch transcends physical layers; it is a passage into the unknown. Layer to layer, skin to skin, leather to leather, human to human, couple to couple. How can one touch without touching? How can one be close without being too close? Dancer-choreographers Marcio Kerber Canabarro, Csaba Molnár, Zsófia Tamara Vadas and Imre Vass presented DEEPER at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest. They are using this research as a starting point to create a performance specifically for RULES Festival. Makers and performers: Marcio Kerber Canabarro, Csaba Molnár, Zsófia Tamara Vadas, Imre Vass Music: Bálint Szabó Set and Costume: Márton Emil Tóth, Marcio Kerber Canabarro, Csaba Molnár, Zsófia Tamara Vadas, Imre Vass Co-producer: Katlan CsoportCo-production partner: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts Supporters: NKA, EMMI, Sín Culture Centre, Workshop Foundation, Art Quarter Budapest, Új Előadóművészeti Alapítvány Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Csaba Molnár, Zsófia Tamara Vadas and Imre Vass are dancers and choreographers, based in Berlin, Budapest and Montréal. They have known each other for years however this is their first time working together. Márcio Canabarro has worked with artists such as Keith Hennessy,

Photo: János R. Szabó

Canabarro/Molnár/Vadas/Vass DEEPER

Peter Pleyer, Adrien Hód, Meg Stuart and Benoît Lachambre. Imre Vass investigates in both his solo and group pieces, the role of the spectator and the relationship between the audience and performers. Csaba Molnár’s work strives to reconcile, often, radical extremes. His main interest is to explore how different ways of expression, when juxtaposed, may transform the most private phenomena of human life into a universal and liberating theatrical experience. For Zsófia Tamara Vadas‘s artistic work a collective creative approach is characteristic. Both she and Molnár have won the prestigious Lábán award for contemporary dance.

20:00–22:00 CHB Werkstatt, 3rd floor AAAA How To Feel Better? Somebody wants to be hugged, while another person just wants to be alone. 90 min public research/experiment with the Wohlfühlaphabet that we developed transformation of the space on the search for “how to feel better” this is an empty space that is going to be filled more and more a playground no audience or performer no instructor come, join, observe, do what makes you feel better Optimization is a virus of everyday: Tricks, hacks, methods, methodologies, ancestral wisdom, astral wisdom, pop culture advice, anecdotes, dogmas, secrets, rules, orders, routines, agendas and professionals recommendations. How To Feel Better? is an investigative performance laboratory which explores the potentialities of domestication, personalization and appropriation of contemporary spaces. How can we convert cold spaces (for example: 103.6 qm, in front of Angela Merkel’s bedroom) in order to warm them up for our needs and aspirations? What kind of place could this space be? What else is there? AAAA is a collaboration between four people with various backgrounds: in terms of methodology formats (photography, performance, painting, digital image production) and countries of origin. János Brückner, Xaver Hirsch, Astarte Posch and Victoria Sarangova share a common interest in patterns, language, music and realism, and are students on the Art in Context postgraduate MA at Universität der Künste Berlin.

Photo: Astarte Posch


Friday 21:00–22:30 Moholy-Nagy Hall, 2nd floor Žagar Žagar is one of the most significant acts of the Eastern European electronica scene. The four-piece band is rising up to play powerful, psychedelic gigs with their unique live sound – a mixture of electronica, dub and techno with world music elements. On their upcoming tour they have invited many guest musicians (sitar, trumpet, percussions). The band has received staunch support from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Don Letts, Amazing Radio and Future Music. In the meantime Žagar is working on a new album scheduled for 2018 and supported by T-Com Electronic Beats. “Žagar takes the listener on a psychedelic trip between Jamaica and the Kraftwerk-like Germany” WhiteRoom Reviews (NL) “As if Daft Punk had remixed Sigur Rós on acid” Mixmag UK Supported by NKA and Honfoglaló Program.

Friday 22:30–24:00 CHB courtyard Freakin’ Disco Freakin’ Disco is a fusion of jazz and techno; imagine Thelonious Monk and Chemical Brothers playing together. The elemental power of their live performances launches the audience into space. They have played at Sziget, Ozora, Valley of Arts and Bánkitó festivals, in Denmark’s Slaughterhouse Festival, in London, Brighton, Berlin and they had a fantastic show at MENT Showcase festival in 2018. National Jazz Fuckers, released by Budabeats Records, was on Phenomenon magazine’s end-of-the-year top list. The band has created music for fashion shows (NUBU) and circus performances (Budapest Capital Circus). “Live at Bánkitó” live EP was released on YouTube and the streaming platforms in 2017. The band is working on its new album to be released in the fall. “Their music expands the universe to infinity between your ears and you come to understand Einstein. You understand what going high speed feels like when time slows down and it pulsates in your palms.” Péter Kárpáti: Dramaturge “Freakin’ Disco leads us to a labyrinth which we don’t want to leave. We don’t need Ariadne’s thread, a Minotaur is approaching, the door closes behind us, and we start dancing.” Balázs Latorczai, Szimpla Garden Supported by NKA and Honfoglaló Program.

Curators Dániel Kovács Endre Vazul Mándli Léna Szirmay-Kalos Director Gábor Kopek Graphic Design Benedek Takács Facebook /collegiumhungaricumberlin Instagram /collegium_hungaricum_berlin

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RULES Festival  

RULES is the third annual organized festival by Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. These cross-disciplinary festivals are thematically in sync wit...

RULES Festival  

RULES is the third annual organized festival by Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. These cross-disciplinary festivals are thematically in sync wit...