Recent Hungarian Narrative

The Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Saturday, July 29, 8 pm, $7-10

The renowned anarchist Count Ervin Batthyany reappears 100 years after his death. He tries to put his theories into practice again, as he realises that the world has not turned out as he’d expected. But the ideal of freedom and equality awakens the same fears in the choreographers of power as it did 100 years ago. And after an encouraging start the count and his new friends come up against more and more obstacles.

Programs Details:
Directed by: Igor Buharov, Ivan Buharov
Duration: 1h: 33m
Year: 2016

It has been more than 19 years that I have been working together, under the pseudonym of Igor and Ivan Buharov. We have been producing and directing several films. (experimentals, features, shorts, documentaries, animations) We have also been involved in the creation of several music projects and film music. Our works always dancing on the edge of fine art and cinematic art. In 1995, together with Vasile Croat and István Nyolczas, we have formed the 40 Labor “Multiartist” Group which made performances, events, actions, exhibitions, concerts, multimedia works. We held surrealistic audiovisual performances where the image, the music and the words became an organic whole after chaos. “A generation earlier, the Hungarian underground masters who influenced them were equally overlooked. There is an air of “self­censorship” about the Buharovs; in times of entrepreneurial globe­trotting art, they reflect an era when artists used film with the hope of reaching wide and nourishing the roots of their own culture. “ Vassily Bourikas “This audiovisual experiment can best be described as getting lost in someone else’s dream. The directors Igor and Ivan Buharov invite us to see the insides of their brains through various amusing and absurd story­lines.” Off­screen film festival Brussel In the beginning we have started by using used expired raw material exploiting the organising element of the unintentional. For our films, we mainly use super 8 footage, then we blow it up to 35 mm for distribution use. We are also composing music for the soundtrack of our films. We formed the Pop Ivan band in Budapest in 1998. Our music is characterised by a certain permeability between styles and atmospheres : one can discover in their works archaic Moldvan melodies, Latin rhythms, elements of the modern free­jazz and of contemporary compositions. At our performances we frequently use visual effects : the audience can watch super 8 or/and 16 mm films parallel to listening to the music of Pop Ivan. Our debut album was released in 2001 entitled Hospital Hungary, the second was was Dreamhunting in 2009. Since 2000 we have been giving concerts in Europe, have played in Belgium, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria the Czech Republic, Italy, Russia, and Georgia.

Igor Buharov ​(Kornél Szilágyi ) 1971 Education 2004 – 2010 Intermedia Department, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest 1990 – 1992 Chef, Rózsa Károly Technical School for Catering Activities 2007 – 2010 Board Member of Studio of Young Artists Association 1999 – Feature Film Directors Association member, part of the Hungarian Moving Picture Foundation 1997 – 2000 Board Member, Hungarian Independent Film and Video Association

Ivan Buharov​(Nándor Hevesi)1974 Education 1993 – 1997 Teacher of visual culture BA, EKTF Eger 2006 – 2007 Dharma Gate Buddhist University Budapest 2009 – 2010 Teacher of visual culture MA, EKTF Eger Activities 2001 – Member of the Studio of Young Artists Association 1999 – Feature Film Directors Association member, part of the Hungarian Moving Picture Foundation 1997 – 2000 Board Member, Hungarian Independent Film and Video Association

Screening with Zsuzsanna Szegedi’s shorts CRISIS OF THE FREE SPIRIT and CRISES OF THE VISIBLE.

Zsuzsanna is a recent MFA graduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (I actually graduate the next day; but close enough) Her installation “The film I brought back from Hungary” is currently on view at the Sullivan Galleries. Zsuzsanna’s shorts being presented at Nightingale capture abstractions of language, autonomy, and their absence—the absence of the individual voice. These pieces are part of a bigger series exploring the limitations, imprisonment of incomprehension, voicelessness, while using appropriated voices, texts, interviews as medium.

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