Agenda • 2002

25th July — 4th August, 2002 • Minimimum Party 2002: Shining Icarus
3rd—4th May, 2002 • Minimum Party at the Mediawave festival, Győr, Hungary
12th—13th April, 2002 • Charta Minimumia 3



Shining Icarus

Minimimum Party 2002
25th July–4th August
Near Kászonfeltíz (Tiszástő), Harghita County, RO

Report made by: Ildikó Lőrincz
Photos by: Mária Égető, Zsolt Györffy, Réka Hegyi, László Irsai (Zacsek), Angéla Kalló




Music Workshop
Fine Art Workshop
Photo Workshop
Film Workshop
Theatre Workshop
Motion and Dance
Literature Workshop
Camp Newspaper
MP02: Felragyogó Ikarosz


The Workshops of the MP02

According to the title (Shining Icarus) the workshops of 2002 year’s camp searched for both the ephemeral (but wonderful?) moments of art and every-day life. For many years in our camp everything was the “the work of an instant”; the works of art, which were created here have had experimental character and as a consequence they have been ephemeral. One may ask the question: does the moment of the experiment mean also the moment of failure? This time the experiment prepared its own exercising temptations. This year besides the workshop activities the camp had more serious professional forum, in the frame of which the invited lecturers expounded the experimental attitude of the contemporary arts. In this respect Miqueu Montanaro, who is one of the best representatives of the experimenting artistic attitude, organised the opening concert on 25th July.

The activity of this year’s camp had two levels, that is in the morning the workshops were organised and in the afternoon there were professional lectures and debates in the frame of the forum entitled Experimental Art – the Past, the Present and the Future. The camp had around 120–130 participants, among them young people, students, specialists (the leaders of the workshops and the invited lecturers of the forum) and those interested in the questions of art. The workshop, in which the participants could make their own experiments, was one of the following: Music Workshop (leader Miqueu Montanaro – French musician; vocal and instrumental improvisations); Visual Arts Workshop (leaders: Zsolt Irsay – artist, Târgu Mureş and László Mátyás – artist, Cluj Napoca; performances and installations based on natural materials); Photo Workshop (leader: Angéla Kalló – university lecturer and photographer, Cluj Napoca; the participants created a space/environment by using the technique of photomontage); Motion Theatre (leaders: Melinda Jakab – dancer, student of dance-director, Cluj Napoca and András Urbán – director, Yugoslavia; the participants combined the exercises of contact dance in order to create a coherent performance); Literature Workshop (leader: István Berszán – university lecturer, man of letters; he placed literature in the ritual medium of “writing and reading exercises”); Philosophy Workshop (leaders: Zsolt Pálfalusi – university lecturer, Budapest and Zsolt Máté – student of philosophy; the participants of this workshop discussed the concepts of sin, evil and tragedy and presented their conclusions through performances). The Film Workshop, that was well-planned, but unfortunately only partly realised, made the documentary material of the camp (leader: Tibor Schneider).



Music Workshop

Leader: Miqueu Montanaro (France), musician
Montanaro is the European wanderer of the free music inspired by the folk music. His musical world does not have boundaries; its roots go back to the Provencal music, but it possesses an intimate knowledge of the Eastern European musical tradition, too. He as the organiser of the music workshop invited all kind of musicians, who was inclined to make experiments, to participate in the camp. According to him the empathy and the process of paying attention to each other create a link between the personalities, who use different musical languages. He welcomed both virtuosos and amateurs. It were possibilities to co-operate with the other workshops like: theatre, dance and action.
In this workshop they experimented mostly with ethnical music but the participants was able to embed other kind of music in their work. There was made vocal pieces, but some instrumental too. Besides Montanaro must mention the composer work of Árpád Hadnagy and the solo improvisations of Dénes Jocó. Árpád Hadnagy prepares a CD with music inspired in the camp.






Zsolt Irsay

László Mátyás




Visual Arts

Leaders: Zsolt Irsay (Târgu-Mureş) and László Mátyás (Cluj Napoca), artits

Instead of my last-year work (nature art workshop). Action and continuity in the mirror of nature and land. The work of art, that is the artistic gesture (installation) represents the action, the former being a coherent phenomenon within the frame of a given semantic system; respectively the nature as a “reception media” represents the continuity. This workshop lays stress on the harmonic relationship between the action and the receptive medium.




Angéla Kalló

Photo Workshop

Leader: Angéla Kalló (Cluj Napoca), lecturer
Figures in boxes. “Boxes” placed in the context of texts – cube-shaped structures – that hide figures. The boxes can be installations in themselves, but their meaning may be de enriched by figures visualised though photo montage (installation + photo montage = photo installation)




Jakab MelindaUrbán András

Motion Theatre – Dance

Leaders: Melinda Jakab (Cluj Napoca), dance-artist and student in dance director profile and András Urbán director (Yugoslavia)

They represented the relationship of man and woman, which is full of conflicts, in a ritual way based on body language – unarticulated usage, archaic form and system of gestures. They made use of contemporary motion art, the development of natural movements trough jazz-, musical- and afro elements to create a motion theatre performance which reflected the succes of a real teamwork.
With the words of Urbán: “The THEATRE (as experiment; experimental theatre) is an open air, the space of freedom and of (the difference) the means of expressions beyond the conventions in which can be establish relationships, contacts and produce the motion. In this kind of workshop the participants can enhance their sphere of means of vocal–verbal–articulation type, they can develop the hidden creative-artistic attitude. The free or defined improvisations can lead to a state of concentration. That PRESENCE give to the audience the experience of theatre PERFORMANCE.”









Film Workshop

Leader: Schneider Tibor (Cluj Napoca) filmmaker

Creating things of quality by using VHS technique... Camp movie running films made on the spot.
The goal was, not to make (technically) very good picture quality films, but most import is the subject of it. For this reason the participants can learn more about creative side of report-making, less technique.
Even the camp TV was projected only one time, it had stormy effect on public.


Schneider Tibor




Berszán István

Literature Workshop

Leader: István Berszán (Kolozsvár/Cluj), lecturer

The Workshop of Ritual Writing and Reading Exercises had taken place for the third time in the Minimum Party Global Art Creative Camp. This open-air group work, as regards its greatest part, is a part of a research that through the practice of literature guides us into ritual motion spheres existing beyond the evidence of the theoretical and practical usage of the signifier. In this context the writing and the reading process has mainly duration and not meaning. Those gestures give rhythm to the duration of the exercises, which are the tuning elements realised through the impulses occurring during the process of reading and writing. The main task of this year’s workshop activity was the study of the relationship between the physical attitude and the exercises made for the sake of developing the attention. At the same time it was preserved the rhythm of former experiments: gesture therapy, ritual duration-community, writing and reading exercises.




Pálfalusi Zsolt

Máté Zsolt

Philosophy Workshop

Leader: Zsolt Pálfalusi (Hungary), lecturer and Zsolt Máté, student
of philosophy;

The initiator of the Philosophy Workshop, which is organised for the first time, has had to be a brave man, since one may ask with good reason the following question: What on earth does the Philosophy have to do with the arts? What on earth does the cool rationality have to do with the free flight of inspiration? We may ask this question like the way we may ask any other. The motto of the workshop: Philosophy and tale or how can one decide upon the boundaries of Philosophy? Our discussions was centred upon the following two tales: The Girl and the Soldier by Hoffman and The Little Girl, who Loved the Entire World by Ervin Lázár.
The participants of this workshop searched the motivations of their actions; they tried to get closer to the serious questions of philosophy through examining two particular tales; they discussed the concepts of sin, evil and tragedy; besides this activity they made two performances: the first one was an ironical replay for the request to show the product of their activity – in this performance they presented an imaginary situation, 200 years later after the death of the so-called philosophy; the second one was a more serious artistic performance about the responsibility of the individual and the structure of the system of power – in this performance they tried to express a moral lesson in spite of the fact the theatre does not “tolerate” morality.





The experimental theatre of the artists: Attila Szabó, Artúr Vranyecz and István Molnár (Their joy-theatre can be described by the following characteristics: conceptual art, reflexive way of thinking, improvisations.)

Edit Boda wrote about them in camp newspaper: “Continuous self-reflection in the black hole and its gravity-field, where – we can see it – everything is possible. The stage is a black hole, where beside of profan and ironic we can see even more profan and ironic things. It’s a place, whence are squeezed out limbs, upper-parts, heads, voices and trunks, text-scraps. Here can appear together easily the Ilion, Apollinaire, Márta Sebestyén and the exaggerating presentation of man’s «natural manifestations» (ex: belchigs, vomitings, fartings). This is a conglomerate of time-, space-, and state-densities. This black hole in Tiszásfő is the curved pipe of XX-XXIth century culture. And who or what will take the hook? The actor, the audience? Who needs the story and who will tell that? About who or about what? About theatre? About acting? About theatre. About acting.”

VranyeczMolnár Szabó





Camp Newspaper


Like we got used to it, the Camp Paper, even through difficulties but is published one ore more times.Zoltán Bíró an his stuff writes about the camp-life, events, and they does that somtimes in an irregular way.

Bíró Zoltán




  • Events of the camp, presented on days

    25th July, Thursday
  • Arrival
  • 21.00 Miqueu Montanaro’s opening concert

    26th July,Friday

    In the morning:
  • The introduction of the leaders of the workshops and the organisation of the workshops
    In the afternoon and in the evening:
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 18.00 István Berszán: Alternative Spaces of Motion in the Literary Practice (lecture)
  • 19.30 Katalin Moscu: Images of the Future in the Experimental Architecture (lecture and slide projection)
  • 21.30 András Romhányi: Eroticism in the Folk Art (lecture)

    27th July, Saturday

    In the morning:
  • Workshop activity
    In the afternoon and in the evening:
  • 16.15 The performance of the Élboy: Triptych, or what are the Theatre, the Literature and the Philosophy?
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 17.00 Zsolt Pálfalusi: Kant’s Aesthetics (lecture)
  • 19.00 Gusztáv Ütő: AnnART – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (lecture and film projection)
  • Gusztáv Ütő: Joseph Beuys’ Flame (photo action)
  • 22.00 Ildikó Ungvári Zrínyi: The tendencies of the Post-modern Theatre (lecture)
  • Élboy-sketches: 1. The Testing; 2. Picture-doubling; 3. 2002

    28th July, Sunday

    In the morning:
  • Workshop activities
    In the afternoon:
  • 16.30 Zsolt László Irsay (Zacsek): Happening (individual mythology)
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 17.30 Katalin Moscu: Three Experimental Schools (lecture and slide projection)
    In the evening:
  • The performance of the Élboy: F.M.R.

    29th July, Monday

    In the morning:
  • Workshop activity
    In the afternoon and in the evening:
    The performances of the workshops:
  • 18.00 Photo Workshop: Alea iacta est (photo installation)
  • 18.30 The performance of the Philosophy Workshop – No Title; directed by Zsolt Pálfalvi; performers: Zsolt Pálfalusi, Zsolt Máté, Áron Telegdi–Csetri, Zsuzsa Gergely, Dénes Tamás, Sándor Sav, Andrea Kiss, Andrea Gombos
  • 19.20 Literature Workshop
  • 20.00 Minimum Canon – The performance of the Experimental Theatre and the Motion Theatre Workshop; directed by: András Urbán and Melinda Jakab; music: Miqueu Montanaro; performers: Cătălina Roxana Pop, Noémi Nagy, Eszter Patakfalvi Czirják, Bernadett Fekete, Péter Dávid A., Péter Fehérvári, Ajnácska Boros, Levente Molnár, Emő Szabadi, Csaba Márton, Edith Rancz
  • 21.00 The performance of the Music Workshop: Miqueu Montanaro (accordion, pipes etc.), Edina Fodor (vocal), Hadnagy Árpád (guitar, vocal), Buchereau Jean Baptiste (giutar, vocal), Lateyron Guylaine (flute, vocal), Magdolna Becze (vocal), Réka Pünkösti (vocal), Laura Pünkösti (vocal), Levente Széles (vocal)
  • 22.00 Attila Szabó: Take Care, Fragile! (performance)
  • 23.00 The performance of the Élboy: The War of Virtual Matrixes

    30th July, Tuesday
    In the morning:
  • Workshop activity
    In the afternoon and in the evening:
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 17.00 Attila Gáspárik: The Hungarian Romanian Film after 1998 or what is Missing from the KORUNK (lecture on film history followed by film projection)
  • 19.00 The performance of Élboy: James Bond & Meg Hut
  • 20.00 Gábor Szörtsey: A The DOKUMENTA and the MANIFESTA of Kassel (video documentation and very long debate)

    31st July, Wednesday
    In the morning:
  • Workshop activities
  • 16.30 The performance of the Élboy: Board theatre or Artúr’s Last Performance (first part)
    In the afternoon and in the evening:
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 17.00 Tibor Schneider: Experimental Film in Romania after 1989 (lecture and film projection)
  • 19.00 István Józsa T.: The Special Meaning (Its Origin and Context) (lecture on video)
  • 21.20 Zsolt Pálfalusi: The Hermeneutics (lecture)
  • 23.00 Board Theatre or Artúr’s Last Performance (Final part – video projection)

    1st August, Thursday
    In the morning:
  • Workshop activity
    In the afternoon and in the evening:
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 16.30 Zoltán Vécsi Nagy: Searching the Identity. The Hungarian Art from Romania in the 1960s and 1970s (multimedial lecture)
  • 18.30 Zsolt Irsay: The MA.MŰ. 1978–1984 (lecture about the experimental artistic movement of Târgu Mureş)
  • 21.00 Zoltán Vécsi Nagy: The MAMŰ in Hungary (multimedial lecture about the Ma Születő Művek of Budapest and discussion)

    2nd August, Friday
    In the morning:
  • Workshop activity
    In the afternoon:
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 17.30 Zsolt Lászlóffy: The Aesthetics of the Electronic Music (lecture and audition)
    In the evening:
  • Miqueu Montanaro and his workshop gave a concert in the cultural house of Kászonaltíz: Miqueu Montanaro (accordion, pipes etc.), Árpád Hadnagy (guitar, vocal), Buchereau Jean Baptiste (guitar, vocal), Lateyron Guylaine (flute, vocal), Becze Magdolna (vocal), Shay Nichols (vocal), Laura Pünkösti (vocal), Zsolt Kramer (vocal), Levente Széles (vocal)

    3rd August, Saturday
    In the morning:
    Experimental Art – The Past, the Present and the Future – professional forum:
  • 11.00 Angéla Kalló: Picture in the Binary System (multimedial lecture and discussion)
  • 12.30 Szabolcs Kiss–Pál: Informel in the Media Art (multimedial lecture and dicussion)
  • 14.00 Sándor Antik: Assemblage, Environment, Event (lecture and videoprojection)
    In the afternoon and in the evening:
    The performances of the workshops:
  • 17.00 István Molnár: Christmas (action – first part)
  • 17.30 István Molnár: Christmas (projection – second part)
  • 18.00 The Workshop of Visual Arts (walking around the camp to see the works of art)
    1. László Zsolt Irsay: Installation in the Brook
    2. Csaba Vass: Bathtube II. (performance)
    3. Andrea Jánosi: Etudes on Fir-tree
    4. László Zsolt Irsay – Árpád Koncz: Miért ART
    a gomba? II (installation)
    5. László Székely Benczédi: Spider’s Web
    6. László Zsolt Irsay – Árpád Koncz: Installation
    7. Sándor Kátai– Barna Zsolt György: Study with Brook, Stones and Gauze
    8. Zoltán Bíró – Anna Szőcs: Autostrada (system of symbols in the brook)
    9. Szabolcs Korodi: Virtual Installation (landshaping)
  • after walking: István Molnár: Christmas (action – last part)
  • 20.00 The performance of the Motion Theatre Workshop: Falling Free (improvisation in group; directed by András Urbán, based on Melinda Jakab’s dance-sketches; music: Miqueu Montanaro; performers: Cătălina Roxana Pop, Péter Fehérvári, Péter Dávid, Eszter Patakfalvi, Ajnácska Boros, Noémi Nagy, Csaba Márton
  • 21.00 The performance of the Philosophy Workshop: Blessed and Spit on Everywhere directed by Zsolt Pálfalvi; performers: Zsolt Pálfalusi, Zsolt Máté, Áron Telegdi–Csetri, Zsuzsa Gergely, Zsuzsa Szuszámi, Andrea Kiss, Bernadett Kovácsics, Ildikó Antal, Réka Hegyi, Edmund Futó, Kinga Leicher
  • 21.45 László Zsolt Irsay – Árpád Koncz: Shining Icarus (installation)
  • 22.00 Sándor–Zsolt Suciu: Installation and performance accompanied by the Music Workshop
  • 22.30 MP-TV premiere ( Film Workshop)
  • 23.00 Attila Szabó: The Fox and the Raven (performance)
  • 23.30 Jocó Dénes: Solo Improvisation; invited musicians: Árpád Hadnagy és Montanaro Miqueu
  • Party

    4th August, Sunday
  • Leaving

Montanaro nyitókoncertje

Élboy: Triptichon

Irsai László: Happening

A fotoműhely environmentje

A filozófusok első előadása

Szörtsei Gábor

Élboy: Táblaszínház II.
(Égető M. fotóinstallációja)

Kolumbán Hanna: Ádám (részlet)

Irsai L.– Koncz Á.: Karmester

A zeneműhely koncertje a faluban

Mozgásszínház: Falling Free

Filozófiaműhely: Leköpve...

Irsai L.– Koncz Á.:
Felragyogó Ikarosz

Dénes Jocó: Szólóimprovizáció



Professional forum

Experimental Arts – Past, Present and Future

István Berszán (Kolozsvár/Cluj): Alternative Motion Spheres in the Literary Practice
Prezentation of Transit House, Kolozsvár/Cluj (Csilla Könczey)
Attila Gáspárik (Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureş): Romanian Hungarian Film since 1998 or what is omitted from the Korunk
Zsolt Irsay (Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureş): MA.MŰ. 1978–1984
Angéla Kalló (Kolozsvár/Cluj): Picture in the Binary System
Szabolcs KissPál (Budapest): Informel in Media Art
Katalin Moscu (Kolozsvár/Cluj): Future in the Experimental Architecture
Zsolt Lászlóffy (Kolozsvár/Cluj): The Aesthetics of Electronic Music
András Romhányi (Budapest): Eroticism in Folk Art
Schneider Tibor (Kolozsvár): Experimental Film in Romania after 1998
András Urbán (Zenta): Summer Movie (The Introduction of the Non-profit, Civil-theatrical and Global Art Organisation of Vajdaság)
Gusztáv Ütő (Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfântu Gheorghe): The AnnART of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Zoltán Vécsi Nagy (Budapest): The Self-discovery of Hungarian Art from Romania in Sixties and Seventies
        and The MAMŰ in Hungary

During the process of organisation the lectures of the following personalities:
Alexandru Antik (Kolozsvár/Cluj)

The following lectures will be presented on tape or wil be read:
Józsa T. István (Kolozsvár/Cluj): The Occasional Meaning (its birth, resourses, environment)
Dorel Găină (Nagyvárad/Oradea): Experiments in ’80s at Oradea


The Minimum Party at the Mediawave
Film Festival of Győr (Hu)

In 2002 at the Mediawave Film Festival, among the many-coloured alternative programmes the Minimum Party Society has had the possibility of introducing itself. The 3rd Charta Minimumia Global Art Festival was displayed through a multimedia installation entitled Presentation of an Exceptional Exhibition; under the title MP Panorama Angéla Kalló exhibited a photo montage of great dimension about the last year’s camp.

The installation consisted of simultaneously shown pictures, film and sound material (interviews). Pictures by George Maier, Angéla Kalló; film by Márton Imecs and István Molnár; interviews by Zsuzsa Gergely, Zsuzsa Szuszámi and Éva Soó; CD by Rudolf Varga.


The documentary team of the Mediawave Festival (under the guidance of Attila Magyar) made an interview with our representatives. The following paragraphs are from this interview.

István Molnár: “Our team is more smaller as compared with the organising group of the Mediawave, that is why the Charta Minimumia is smaller than this festival. The global art festival of Kolozsvár obviously differs from the creative camp: we have found a wonderful and partly ruined building, which we tried to “fill in” trough a specially organised exhibition in order the building should become an organic part of the festival. We have invented a “route” on which the members of the public were guided one by one by a Stalker. (...) This was a unique experience because here the visitor was initiated into the happening in the company of an unknown guide.”

Szabolcs Korodi: “We have to admit that many years ago we have been infected with this artistic-experimental spirituality at the Mediawave. As far back as 1995 Jenő Hartyándi, the director of the festival encouraged us to take on the organisation of a programme similar to the Mediawave. We have got the message first of all because here in Transylvania, there is a few years long time-lag in the field of experimental arts.”

Selections from Angéla Kalló’s work entitled MP Panorama – Survey of the Minimum Party 2001 Creative Camp. Photos by István Bíró, Mária Égető, László Irsai, Róbert Márkus



Charta Minimumia 3

Charta Minimumia 3 or
What was First Columbus or the Hen?

In the evening of 12th April those interested could enter the solitary building of the Casino of Kolozsvár/Cluj, which is situated alongside the esplanade, only one by one and only if guides, who wore a mark, accompanied them. The initiation of the visitors was a part of the Charta Minimumia 3 Global Art Festival, which this year was announced in advance using the following motto: What was First Columbus or the Hen?

The solitary building of the Casino of Kolozsvár/Cluj situated alongside the esplanade

The programme of the Minimum Party, which can be considered unique of its kind from the point of view of the Romanian Hungarian contemporary artistic activities, was realised thank to the help of the following organisations: Illyés Public Foundation, the Ministry for Youth and Sport of Romania (Ro: MTS) and firms: the TV-station of Cluj, Lizard, Firma9, 1024.
This festival has actually operated as an art exhibition with a special space-time continuum and the public could perceive this character clearly. As we mentioned several times above every visitor was guided by a person in the labyrinth of the Casino: thus the works of art belonging to the fields of fine art, literature, music, photo, film and dramatic arts had a well-planned order, the elements being thus the episodes of the process. Although the greatest part of the material belonged to the field of fine art, in the series there were dramatic sketches, actions and motion elements, light effects and short films, and this way the above-mentioned elements mobilised the otherwise static components. The festival gave possibility to revise the self-evident way of existence of the works of art, and it made the artists to regard them as an element of a work of art realised by teamwork. The students of the academies of fine arts, the participants of the Minimum Party Creative Camp and some invited artists were among the artists.

Installation by the old fan of the MP, László “Zacsek” Irsay. Title: Tale

The Minimum Party Society strives for innovation in the field of artistic life through including the dialogue of the artist-public in the artistic manifestation. This idea is entirely realised in the Minimum Party Creative Camp, since the character of the camp creates favourable conditions for the free communication without prejudices between the creator and spectator, and the communication may transform even into a dialogue between two or more artists.
The establishment of relationships was also the guiding line of the Charta Minimumia: the artists belonging to the Minimum Party Society regarded as their task the creation of an intimate atmosphere of the programme, that is of the collective work of art. The ritual character, namely the initiation of the public into the process represents a prototype of a public, which develops a more intimate relationship with the world of art, and this means the greatest artistic achievement of the festival.
On 13th April the programme continued, from 7 o’clock p.m.. This time the public could freely walk about among the exhibited works and at the same time they might talk about them. After this event a video projection took place that was about the previous day’s initiation, then the Fesztivál Cultural Association presented short films and the programme finished with a great party.

Initiated and initiating persons, the latter with the mark: “Stalker”. Photo made by Angéla Kalló (hidden camera)

One of the visitors stated that this programme, which was full of surprises, “is its own example, it is not an imitation of something and it is not the application of something seen somewhere else”. The festival mobilised the young artists and there was a possibility for them to create in group and introduce themselves. This festival made the ruined building of the Casino a place of amazement and entertainment and for two days the building might forget about the process of transioriness.
We hope this programme will be continued.

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