Politics of the Small Acts + busy first week of October

I was invited to participate at the Politics of the Small Acts workshop at Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig / Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig. The workshop encounters actions at the intersection of artistic and civic practices.

My interest in the workshop lies in how we can design systems that allow small contributions or acts by individuals to merge and step to a higher level of meaning, content or action. NB: I always understood my role as a curator of Subjective Atlas of Hungary we did with Kitchen Budapest and my role as an organizer and moderator of Pecha Kucha Night Budapest events  for 5 years in such a way. I feel honored to participate at the workshop not only because its theme but also the fact that it is organized by Katalin Erdődi, former curator of the always-fresh PLACCC Festival for site-specific arts. It is ONE OF THOSE festivals that is worth a dedicated visit to Hungary for!

Meanwhile early October tends to be busy – as usual. Now I just recall last year’s same period, running a one-day workshop on Monday to design custom covers for the Subjective Atlas of Hungary, organizing a Pecha Kucha Night Design Week special edition on Wednesday and undergo an ear surgery on Thursday morning. This year’s first week of October isn’t any different!

Design Week Budapest started last Friday and one of the core events, Slow Design exhibition at Design Terminál features our SubMap × UrbanCyclr dynamic visualization revealing the otherwise invisible bike routes in Budapest city.

Tonight, also part of Design Week, KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre organizes Pecha Kucha Night Budapest vol.29. Attend, network, enjoy!

Data is Beautiful, a 4-days-long confestihackshop dedicated to data and its social, scientific, artistic and design perspectives, has just started. If you are interested in data journalism you shouldn’t miss the Youth & Corruption hackaton, co-organized by Kitchen Budapest and Transparency International.

Still this week, on 5 October, Danube Flow, an initiative with the aim to enfoster cultural and community activities along and related to river Danube, will run a workshop summarizing this year’s activities, including the open call for activities, I co-juried earlier this year, and also projecting ideas for next year.

At the very same day there will be a ‘Soft interventions in the city’ workshop focusing on new ways of managing cities’ abandoned properties. The workshop is part of a Dutch-Hungarian networking event powered by the Dutch Embassy in Budapest and also relates to the ongoing research project Vacant City, led by Levente Polyák. The workshop will happen at Müszi aka Művelődési Szint, a multi-dimensional cultural and civic community space in the heart of Budapest, inhabiting the 3rd floor of an abandoned shopping centre. Must see.

Are you available in the first week on October? You’d be rather busy!

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