Urban Life - Part 16

posted by viktor on 2006/07/26 14:17

[ Urban Life ]

Im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe der European Architect Students' Assembly (easa) heute Abend im Kortárs Építészeti Központ (KÉK) Budapest und Film. Danach Budapest-lieder ausgebuddelt von dj shuriken. Alle Links klikken, es lohnt sich!

Programm auf Englisch:
21.40 [entering the city through films] urban discourse and contemporary cinema in Budapest Levente Polyák, urban researcher
A new fascination by the metropolis is taking shape in recent films of young Hungarian directors. Engaged in the discovery of the peripheric, these cinematographers create an imagery which is both strongly connected to the global urban intertext, and manages to influence official conceptions of Budapest.

22.00 [cities’ celluloid cineplex identity] Samu Szemerey, architect, researcher, writer
Cities had a very special role throughout the whole history of cinema – it has completely changed our image about urban space. Our perspectives have become media perspectives, our design has become largely a set of film scenery operations. Within this context many cities have acquired a special representation – by now there is no way for a city to get around its celluloid cineplex identity.

22.30 [budapest?] (H, dir: János Fodor, Tibor Horváth, 30’)
Budapest has become an interesting spot in cinema history: it's a city that appears frequently in contemporary movies, yet almost never as itself. A city of copies, a postsocialist collection of depleted historical architecture – it serves as an ideal generic yet characteristic background.

23.00 [dj shuriken]

Antworten

Budapest

A picture from the heydays of liberal Budapest - when a whole (though short) underground line could be built within two years. And M1, the famous "Földalatti", Budapest's yellow line, still works. I have never seen this image of the construction on Andrássy before, so be full of admiration - and I am not telling your where it is from...

The M1-line so is a memento to both: a liberal mayor (for what Budapest was capable of) and the Siemens company, who more than a hundred years ago was capable of producing faultless underground trams (not like today's Combino crap...)

Budapest has – together with St. Petersburg and Vienna – one of the largest tramway networks of the world. The tramway type "UV" – standing for "Új villamos - New tramway" and pictured above – was designed in the early forties and is still a symbol for Hungary's once high-tech railway-carriage industry. With the arrival of the new low-floor-trams in spring 2006 – built by Siemens in Vienna and not too beautiful – this landmark of Budapest will vanish from the cityscape.
György Petri: Imre Nagy

Du warst unpersönlich wie die anderen bebrillten Führer
im Sakko, deine Stimme war nicht metallen,
denn du wußtest nicht, was du eigentlich sagen solltest,
so unvermittelt den vielen Versammelten. Gerade das Plötzliche
war ungewohnt für dich. Du alter Mann mit dem Zwicker,
ich hörte dich, ich war enttäuscht.
Ich wußte noch nichts

vom Betonhof, wo der Staatsanwalt
das Urteil gewiß heruntergeleiert hat,
ich wußte noch nichts von der groben Reibung des Stricks, von der letzten Schmach.

Wer will sagen, was sagbar gewesen wäre
von jenem Balkon aus, Möglichkeiten, unter Maschinengewehren
verfeuert, kehren nicht zurück. Gefängnis und Tod
wetzen die Schärfe des Augenblicks nicht aus,

wenn der eine Scharte bekommen hat. Aber wir dürfen uns erinnern
an den zögernden, verletzten, unentschlossenen Mann,
der gerade seinen Platz zu finden schien,

als wir davon aufwachten,
daß man unsere Stadt zerschoß.

Übersetzt von Hans-Henning Paetzke

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