Katharina Roters

Artist in Residence
Period of Stay: 
January 2019 – May 2019
Project Title: 
Soft Totalitarism Reloaded - a Research-Performance
Project Abstract: 

My project the research-performance entitled SOFT TOTALITARISM RELOADED in conjunction with Jozsef Szolnoki, through the merging of fine art and anthropological strategies, is a re-acting of Enzensberger´s essay, written in 1985, “Hungarian Confusions”. The locations, themes situations, meetings and moods of the original text are reconstructed, paraphrased and documented. The miniatures, as a social “metascan”, we set out to localise and visualise the neuralgic points and stereotypes, both within the scope of the propaganda and beyond it, it uncovers the direct 2 interrelationships between the power and morality of the declining communism and eso-nationalist  turbo-capitalism. A prominent role will be given to the presentation and interpretation of cultural memory as an ideological battlefield. Our project, which operates through various media, reveals, documents and reinterprets intellectual attitudes in the form of text, photos, videos, performances, street art and graphics. The final presentation will take the form of a visual art exhibition.