We Didn’t Do It! Crew is a collaboration of 5 artists, based in Budapest, Hungary
Memento Budapest, 2014
Memento Budapest picks up a new layer of the inofficial memory of the inner VII. district related to the overall present party-culture.
Using the already existing holes of past memorials they make a subjective and surely not complete catalogue of the conflict zones of the party zone. Their act shows the insistent but vain human endeavour for leaving traces behind. Beyond that, this act also raises the question whether it is possible to generate a dialogue throughout this public messages.
With fully respect to the past of the district this project is however not dealing with the past. It focuses on a recent development, namely on the strongly present, and so far not reflected party-culture.
Remembrance is always polyphonic and conflicting. Public memorial plaques show the canonised remembrance. Yet there is another way to deal with monuments: focusing on banal, but very typical events, which are bound to the given neighbourhood. Memento Budapest places its memorials dedicated to this phenomenons of the inner VII. district – also known as the party-district.
(text by Falvai Mátyás)
Memento Prague 2013
Official mementos – unofficial memory. We dealed the topic of urban mementos by courtesy of the residency programme of Futura Prag contemporary art institute. Or more precisely non-existing mementos, as we created new ones within the scope of the Memento Project, which commemorated informal, unofficial issues of collective memory. Unimportant, invisible or freak, still understood by everyone: issues wich now are awaiting immortality in bronze.
During the process we were discussing urbanists and sociologists, hunitng for actual online topics within a wild-perspective research. Crossed through the city for weeks by advices of curators and any kind of people for targeting spots and stories that could be a basis for the fake mementos. Finally, in cooperation with curator Caroline Krzyszton, seven topics were selected for erecting a worthy memorial in different points of the town, with publishing all information in a map for future visitors.
MASZTER Toy Factory 1923 –
The MASZTER project (from 2013) introduced a fictional Hungarian toy factory and the factory’s products. The story of MASZTER Toy Factory reminds of the the typical history of Hungarian manufacturer dinasties of the 20th Century (e.g. Zwack factory). Obviously, MASZTER products are nonsenses:on the one handthey point out how adult people think about the way of proper entertaining and educating little children, and on the other hand they remind us, how controversial it is, when the ideology of an actual political regime tries to intervene the very intimate territory of playing games abandoned. Nevertheless, through the history of the factory and the description of the toys the caricature of a whole century stands out.
Studio of Young Artists’ Association, Budapest, 2011
Classroom Project, Chemnitz, Germany, 2010
Nem mi voltunk (That wasn’t us!) Crew – János Brückner and Máté Fillér – transformed a classroom in Chemnitz as invited guest artists at Festival Begehungen (Germany). Using the spirit of the old and abandoned school and by the help of many school books brought from Hungary, they created a space where negative issues of school-ness of the early ’90s could be visible such as discipline, coercion, and infantile utterance of adults.