Which potential has the combination of performance art and TV? What is a free Europe? What is a liberating move today? And what’s up with the borders?
30 years after Radio Free Europe influenced and transmitted the Fall of the Iron Curtain, finally TV Free Europe is being launched! TV Free Europe explores the possibilities of freedom, especially the non-freedom of speech and the “freedom of market” by connecting voices, locations, times and stories, historical topics with today’s and tomorrow’s facts and fictions.
The format of television becomes a horizontal medium which creates immediate platforms of exchange. Sender and receiver mix up (as Bertolt Brecht suggested in his radio theory) and people of different walks of life step up and connect over personal issues of freedom and change.
The project provides an experiment, a play and an experience of “making TV” together. A series of practical research actions with performative and multimedia tools, public video shootings involve people with and without/not yet lived experience of the System Change. TV Free Europe is performance, TV, common game, artistic research, exchange of thoughts and in the end a liberation experiment.
What happens in TV Free Europe
Six local studios have been formed — the TV Free Europe network has been launched.
In 2020/21 we have elaborated common artistic research methods, and organised decentralised and interconnected events.
Due to the Covid19 situation our physical activities have been drastically limited, including the meetings between project partners and participants.
In order to respond to this situation we have launched a platform of communication and mutual learning:
TV Free Europe – an experimental TV channel running here: https://tv-free-europe.eu/live
For 2021 a series of public events are scheduled to take place online, offline or in hybrid formats.
Budapest, Szombathely (HU), Leipzig (DE), Tårnby Torv – Copenhagen (DK), Oberwart (AT), Nova Gorica (SLO) and on air inbetween East and West, North and South
Pneuma Szöv. (HU), KÖME – Association of Cultural Heritage Managers (HU), OHO – Offenes Haus Oberwart (AT), University Nova Gorica (SL), UT Connewitz (Leipzig / DE), Tårnby Park Studio (DK), Mari&Marie, Pneuma Vizuál, BOHÉM Klub, ELTE Savaria University Centre – Department of Visual Arts, (HU) Szombathely Arts High School (HU)
Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, with the support of Allianz Kulturstiftung and the U.S. Embassy of Budapest, Széchenyi 2020 European Social Fund