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Surveilling the Public Sphere. The First Hungarian Happening in Secret Agents Reports


Krasznahorkai, Kata (2018). Surveilling the Public Sphere. The First Hungarian Happening in Secret Agents Reports. In: Cseh-Varga, Katalin; Czirak, Adam. Performance art in the second public sphere : event-based art in late socialist Europe. New York: Routledge, 127-138.

Abstract

Happenings in the public sphere were considered as major threat on the socialist order of society in Hungary from the late 1960s up until the mid 1970s. The State Security mobilized their agents to surveille these activities in order to find arguments to legally ban them from the public. The paper analyses the parallel strategies of the State Security and the happeners – both acting secretly but both targeting the public sphere – on behalf of State Security Reports on the first Hungarian Happening 1966. The paper concludes that tracking the surveillance radius of these activities indicates a new dividing line within the public sphere.

Abstract

Happenings in the public sphere were considered as major threat on the socialist order of society in Hungary from the late 1960s up until the mid 1970s. The State Security mobilized their agents to surveille these activities in order to find arguments to legally ban them from the public. The paper analyses the parallel strategies of the State Security and the happeners – both acting secretly but both targeting the public sphere – on behalf of State Security Reports on the first Hungarian Happening 1966. The paper concludes that tracking the surveillance radius of these activities indicates a new dividing line within the public sphere.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:performance art, state security, public sphere, socialist art, Eastern Europe
Language:English
Date:January 2018
Deposited On:09 Mar 2018 08:37
Last Modified:18 Apr 2018 11:49
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:978-1-138-72327-6
Funders:ERC Research Project "Performance Art in Eastern Europe (1950-1990). History and Theory"
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:http://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod011117942 (Library Catalogue)

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