February 26, 2008
Eight local artists, both ex-pats and Hungarians, have banded together to form the Sörrealism group, and are holding their collective show at the café of the arthouse cinema Palace Kossuth 4, Vaci út 14. The show runs from February 7- March 6, and on February 27, the group will have a gathering at the theater at 7pm, offering a chance to meet the artists.
The event will feature beer discounts (obviously), and since it’s cheap night at the Kossuth, folks can stay on to see one of their artsy movies, like the critically acclaimed Atonement or The Kite Runner.
The Sörrealist Show features eighteen paintings by Alex Ferenczi, Marcus Goldson, Leah Kohlenberg, Lado Pochkhua, Wayne Brett, Bullet Shih, Barbara Sipos, and video work by Paula Brett. The group coalesced around the belief that non-figurative art had largely exhausted its possibilities and a return to representation was inevitable. The word Sör-Realism, using the Hungarian word for beer, had been used by the Pestaside Writers’ Group for years to describe their literary style.
The term now lends itself to the Sörrealist Artists’ Movement, whose manifesto declares that abstraction is a tool for representation and not an end in itself. The group, as mentioned is a cosmopolitan multi-national one, with the artists drawing commonality from the city of Budapest itself.
February 14, 2008
Nikola Tutek’s short story, Pest Miniature, appeared in the Winter 2008 edition of Pilvax Magazine. In 2006, his first book Zlatna pirana (Golden Piranha) was published in Rijeka, Croatia. His short stories and plays have also appeared in prominent Croatian literary magazines, including Rival (Rijeka), Književna Rijeka (Rijeka), and the Književne novine of Belgrade. A collection of his short plays (Le Theatre Volant de Nikola Tutek) will be published in French in 2008. He is also planning the publication of his second book of short stories in Croatia, later in 2008.
1. What was your first (poem / piece of writing), and how bad was it?
“It was a poem called “Little Hamster”. I was six, and it was actually published in the local newspaper. As far as I remember one line went something like:
‘He started a fire and burned his little nose’.
“It was just too lame even for a six-year-old, I’ve no idea why was it published. Maybe the competition was weak. Anyway, this line proved to be visionary-it happened so many times to this hamster.”
2. Are you currently working on anything, and why’s it taking so long?
“I was granted money by the city of Rijeka, Croatia, to publish my second book. I have to provide 150 cards of text by July. The thing is that I have maybe 25 cards. This is the first time I have to write something before the deadline and it’s intimidating. I hardly write at all, and I sincerely doubt that I can ‘produce’ 150 cards of text by that time. I also have a very stressful job which basically brainwashed me. Ideas come slower and without a form. They are almost impossible to put on paper. I guess I’m at a really low point right now, but I hope that March will bring inspiration.”
3. Do you actually have moments of inspiration or is writing just a process of slogging day in and day out?
“Feelings, experiences, smells, tastes, whatever, gather in my subconscious for months or years. Than I just suddenly feel it’s time to write it down. It’s like fever or craziness, temporary black-out. I need exclusion, silence or some music I can bare at the moment, and some good wine. I can write tens and tens of pages in one night. And than months can pass without one written word.”
4. Did you ever get laid because something you wrote?
“Of course. She was totally crazy about my poems. She was in delirium when she read them. When I told her I would like to stop seeing her, she left me the copy of the poems in the mail-box with a little note: “Your poems are shit.” She was right.
“On the other hand, short stories and dramas never took me anywhere in that direction.”
5. What would you have been if you hadn’t become a writer?
“I don’t think I ever ‘became’ a writer. I do not see it as something that I accomplished in my life, but more as something I wasn’t able (and never wanted) to escape from. I hope I’ll never stop writing because I would be incomplete without it. But I also think that I will never regard my self a writer by trade and destiny.”
February 9, 2008
What better day for a shotgun wedding between two of the stalwarts of Budapest’s writer scene: the Bardroom’s Valentines Day show will serve as launching pad for the long-awaited new issue of Pilvax magazine. And to make it even kinkier, it’s a sort of literary three-some since the show will be held at Tree-Hugger Dan’s Used Book Shop at its new 2nd location behind the Opera, Lázár u. 16. VI. District, 7:30pm Thursday February 14.
The show will feature readings from two of the contributers to this, the fifth edition of Pilvax. A fiction work by Munich-based American Errol Scott will read by resident impresario Mike Leskai, and up and coming Croatian Nikola Tutek will present his non-fiction piece about Budapest. Furthermore, local celebrity author Adam LeBor will present selections from his long-anticpated WWII thriller Night Hotel.
As always, the audience can expect mind-numbing quiz questions and a ferociously competetive poetry-writing competition all of which will be rewarded with equisite prizes. The evening culminates with a throbbing After-Party starting at 22:30 at the über-underground Vittula (Kértész u. 4, District VII) with music by DJ Sorin Pop.