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Zsolt Miklósvölgyi & Márió Z. Nemes, Daniel Hüttler, Kasia Fudakowski

TURANIUM and Another Evening on the Palliative Turn

lecture performances at Trafó Gallery, Budapest


13/01/2023 –
– 30/11

Accompanying the exhibition Crying until laughing/Sírás nevetésig, 1646 and Trafó Gallery hosted a series of events, inviting artists Zsolt Miklósvölgyi & Márió Z. Nemes, Daniel Hüttler and Kasia Fudakowski for their lecture performances.

For their lecture performance, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi & Márió Z. Nemes (Technologie und das Unheimliche (T+U)) and Daniel Hüttler focused on Turanium, which is the most significant geocultural energy source in the Carpathian Basin. In this Hungarofuturist performance, T+U and Daniel undertake to stage the dialectic of the speculative national metal of Turanium. Proposing how Turanium is the most important raw material of the Hungarian trauma monopoly, capable of providing the technological sophistication and ethnosuicidal sensibility of post-Hungarian civilisations.

Visual artist Kasia Fudakowski also joined, introducing the audience to The Palliative Turn: an approach to life and death forged by the Association for the Palliative Turn (APT). APT was founded in 2020 in reaction to the pervasive assumption that we humans can fix all our problems and escape our certain fate. By taking its starting point from the practice of palliative care as a model for art, APT asks if an acceptance of our impending end might not in fact be the first step to living better.

Kasia’s interest in The Palliative Turn stems from her exploration of both the comic and horrific nature of limits. In this performative event, the audience will engage with different thought exercises, asking the question: how would you like to go?

This event was supported by: National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Haagse Kunst- en Cultuurprojecten.


About Trafó: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest is an inviting and co-producing venue unique in Hungary, and is also a cornerstone of the international contemporary arts scene. Its performances, concerts, exhibitions, and community and audience-building programmes are accessible to all who look for something new. While focusing on younger generations, Trafó is a forum dedicated to social issues, and a platform for establishing values and contexts as well as generating new ideas and productions. Trafó’s professional programme of events, presented inside and outside of the former electric transformer house, trespasses genres, is diverse, experimental and audience-friendly, and inspired by new innovations as well as cultural heritage. In a unique and authentic manner it provides a space for the presentation of work by both domestic Hungarian and international artists.


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