[rat_info] Neues aus Ungarn.

DorotheaKolland at aol.com DorotheaKolland at aol.com
Mon Jan 14 16:23:27 CET 2013


Werter Rat, eine Kollegin aus Budapest, die in einer gro├čen  
Kulturinstitution die ├ľffentlichkeitsarbeit macht, schickte mir folgende  Erkl├Ąrung der 
Akademie der K├╝nste Budapest, die vielleicht f├╝r den einen oder  anderen im 
Kontext der Erkl├Ąrung des Rates in Sachen ungarische Kultur  interessant sein 
k├Ânnte:
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT for the International Press 
The antidemocratic makeover of the cultural scene in  Hungary 
Recent legislative steps in Hungary point towards the authoritarian  
transformation of the institutional structures and funding system of cultural  
life, by giving an ultra conservative artist group close to the rightwing  
government, the Hungarian Academy of Arts, an unassailable position of power. As 
 a result of these decisions, the government has endangered the long term  
autonomy, professionalism and democratic procedures of Hungarian 
contemporary  art. 
The government established the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA) as  the 
preeminent authority in the field of arts through the new constitution or  
Fundamental Law, which came into force on 1 January, 2012. The Academy, which  
was originally founded as a private association in 1992, is made up of artists 
 strongly loyal towards the government. In order to be accepted as a 
member, the  Academy requires a commitment to the nation, a certain ÔÇťnational 
feeling.ÔÇŁ In  2011 the Hungarian Academy of Arts was transformed into a public 
body, in a  process lacking the minimum of transparency, and was provided 
straight off with  a considerable amount of funding and its own a grandiose 
headquarters. In  November the government further extended the cultural 
political role of the  Hungarian Academy of Arts, endowing the organization with 
unprecedented power,  including exclusive right of decision making over the 
contemporary cultural  infrastructure - and a gigantic budget at the expense 
of the whole of the  Hungarian cultural scene. 
According to the announcement of the Ministry, the Academy will  have the 
right to be involved in the committees deciding about important state  
awards, and next year the entire system of public cultural funding and subsidies  
will be reviewed in a process involving the president of the Hungarian 
Academy  of Arts. This funding system, which up till now has been operated 
through  advisory boards made up of representatives of the respective artistic 
fields ÔÇô  including the National Cultural Fund, the organization with the most  
comprehensive activity in the field of distributing state support on a  
professional basis ÔÇô is in danger of being centralized and subordinated to a  
particular interest group, an ideologically based community. 
The Hungarian Academy of Arts, according to their stated  intentions, would 
take over several state tasks and responsibilities in the  field of 
culture, thus for example they would participate in the selection of  directors of 
cultural institutions and museums, and even encroach on how  professional 
organizations work. 
From 1 January 2013 the M┼▒csarnok (Kunsthalle) Budapest, which is  the most 
significant venue and symbolic space for contemporary art in Hungary,  will 
become the property of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. The Hungarian Academy 
 of Arts will also have the right to define the principles and professional 
 concepts of the art policy of the institution. Following this 
announcement, the  present director of M┼▒csarnok has resigned. 
The legal background of the Hungarian Academy of Arts may guarantee  its 
legitimacy in legal terms, it does not however make up for its lack of  
professional legitimacy. The upgrading and extending of the role of the  Hungarian 
Academy of Arts in cultural policy, including raising its budget  without 
any public and professional consultation, have taken place in an  
antidemocratic way, excluding professional organizations and forums. Together  with the 
general, dramatic financial restrictions in all fields of culture,  these 
processes will result in the mutilation of the possibility of maintaining  a 
diverse artistic environment in Hungary. 
With these measures, the Hungarian government, through the Ministry  of 
Human Resources, have given over the right to make the most important  cultural 
decisions to a society of artists that avows and commits itself to  
conservative values and national culture, that also opposes the rejection of  state 
and the church control, and rejects a contemporary culture that stands for  
the autonomy of art and believes in the critical social role of art. It has 
 become evident that the political executive power intends to control  
contemporary culture in a direct way with the help of legal regulations and put  
an end to its still existing plurality.
 
Gru├č,  Dorothea
P.S. Vor kurzem ist ein Buch von mir erschienen, auf das ich euch gerne  
hinweisen w├╝rde:
 
 
Dorothea  Kolland

Werkstatt  Stadtkultur

Potenziale kultureller und k├╝nstlerischer Vielfalt.  Reflexionen und 
Erfahrungen

Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e. V. /  Klartext Verlag: Bonn / Essen 2012 
(Edition Umbruch Nr. 29)
319 Seiten 19,00  Euro ISBN 978-3-8375-0794-2

In der Praxis von 30 Jahren als  Kulturamtsleiterin in Berlin-Neuk├Âlln hat 
Dorothea Kolland erfahren, dass ein  Weg, wenn man hehre Ziele wie ┬╗Kultur 
f├╝r alle┬ź, ┬╗soziale Inklusion┬ź oder  ┬╗kulturelle Partizipation┬ź verfolgt, 
voller Fu├čangeln sein kann. Besonders in  Neuk├Âlln, einem der bekannten 
sozialen und mittlerweile kulturell  au├čerordentlich produktiven Brennpunkte, waren 
und sind immer wieder neue Denk-  und Aktionsstrategien vonn├Âten. Die 
Autorin entwickelte ihre Konzepte kommunaler  Kulturarbeit immer aus den 
Praxiserfordernissen und -erfahrungen heraus, stets  zu Experimenten und zu neuem 
Denken bereit. Dies geschah nie allein im engen  Raum des Kiezes, sondern 
immer im Dialog und Diskurs mit nationalen und  internationalen Debatten. Die 
┬╗Banlieues d'Europe┬ź und die ┬╗Banlieues von  Berlin┬ź gaben sich die Hand.

Die Herausforderungen ihrer Arbeit sind die  Themen dieses Buches: Armut, 
Interkulturalit├Ąt, Netzwerken als Basis von  Stadtkulturarbeit, Kunst als 
Impetus von Stadtentwicklung, Leitkulturen,  Potenziale und Behinderungen, 
Diversit├Ąt als Grundlage f├╝r demokratische,  innovative Stadtkultur und 
Inklusion, immer mit dem ┬╗ceterum censeo┬ź des  Beharrens auf Kunst, ohne dabei deren 
gesellschaftliche Wirkungsm├Âglichkeit zu  ├╝bersch├Ątzen: Davor sch├╝tzte die 
Neuk├Âllner Realit├Ąt.
Es geht weniger um  Geld, es geht viel mehr um genaues Hinsehen, um Respekt 
und Innovation. Anstatt  Kulturinfarkte zu behandeln, gilt es, neue 
Governance-Strukturen zu etablieren,  die demokratisches, inklusives Gemeinwesen 
ernst nehmen. Dabei gilt f├╝r die  kommunale Kultur(politik) im Sinne Robert 
Jungks: ┬╗Die gro├če Aufgabe der Kultur  ist es, die Gesellschaft st├Ąndig zu 
konfrontieren mit anderen  M├Âglichkeiten.┬ź



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Bestellm├Âglichkeit unter: 
_http://www.kupoge.de/publikationen/aktion_eu29.htm_ 
(http://www.kupoge.de/publikationen/aktion_eu29.htm) 
_<http://newsletter.flowmedia.de/link.php?M=289474&N=431&L=1180&F=H>_ 
(http://newsletter.flowmedia.de/link.php?M=289474&N=431&L=1180&F=H) 
 
 
 
Dr. Dorothea  Kolland
Windscheidstr. 2
10627  Berlin
Dorotheakolland at aol.com

Tel. 030  3136356
01704997756
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