The third edition of this year’s Montag Modus’ archive of futures project explores the intersection between Eastern Europe’s many pasts and futures by sharing food and stories. During a three-course meal based on regional cuisine and family recipes, paired with personal spirits, games and an artistic programme, a journey through collective imaginaries of Eastern Europe’s past futures and future pasts will unfold.
The condition of Eastern Futurism will be approached not only through second-hand memories but also from the perspective of newly born hopes, identities in flux and postcommunist diasporas – with the purpose of reclaiming Eastern Europe as a space whose future is yet to be articulated.
Montag Modus is an interdisciplinary event series organized by the MMpraxis curatorial platform. The series centers around performance art, choreography and time-based media. Based in Berlin, the Montag Modus programme involves artists and cultural workers both from the city and from the regions of Central and Eastern Europe.
(Program in English)
Montag Modus: archive of futures is a production by the curatorial platform MMpraxis in collaboration with SOPHIENSÆLE, Radialsystem, Tanzfabrik Berlin and Bergen Kunsthall; funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and supported by the Performing Arts Fund of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR programme, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB) and Trafó – House of Contemporary Arts Budapest.
Hosts: Lena Szirmay-Kalos, Kasia Wolińska, Petre Mogoș and Laura Naum (Kajet Journal)
Emcee: Ben Mohai
Production: Magda Garlinska
Assistance: Beatrice Zanesco
Technical management: Bátor Tóth
Léna Szirmay-Kalos is a Berlin-based independent dramaturge, critic and curator from Hungary. She studied Cultural Theory and Business Administration at the Humboldt University of Berlin, History and Culture of Science and Technology at the Technical University of Berlin, Curating in the Performing Arts at Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and Curatorial Practice at the University of Bergen, Norway.
She is the Artistic and Managing Director of the Montag Modus interdisciplinary series and the co-founder of the MMpraxis curatorial platform. Between 2015 and 2018, she worked as a curator and dramaturge at the Hungarian cultural centre, the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (CHB) where she was responsible for the performance program. Since 2019, she has been working as an independent dramaturge and makes events at the intersection of the visual and performing arts.
Kasia Wolinska is a choreographer, dancer, and writer born in Gdańsk, living in Berlin. As a dancer and choreographer, she collaborated with, among others, Lina Gómez, Sergiu Matis, Helena Waldmann, Anna Nowicka, Rosalind Crisp, Anton Vidokle. In the years 2013-2018, Kasia Wolinska ran a performative project Hi Mary. Herself created also a few choreographic works e.g. KISS ( 2022 ), Salvage ( 2021), Dance, Pilgrim Dance ( 2017). Since 2018, she has been writing a blog on dance and politics www.danceisaweapon.com. Her collectively and individually written texts were published in e.g. e-flux, Palletten, Dialog, and in books Danceolitics or Choreography Autonomies (Art Stations Foundation). In 2022/23 she was a fellow of the Critical Practice (Made in YU) programme. In 2019-23 a board member of ZTB e.V., the organization representing the interests of the free scene of dance in Berlin. Currently she is also one of the 6 members of systering, a transnational collective of artists, writers, dramaturges and cultural workers dedicated to practices of comradeship, sistering and critical collaboration.
Petre Mogoș & Laura Naum are the founding editors of Kajet, a journal that seeks to critically map and document the Eastern European imagination, and The Future of, a magazine that reclaims lost ideas. Petre Mogoș is a PhD candidate and lecturer at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and Laura runs a bookshop in Bucharest, Dispozitiv Books, which also functions as a publishing and editorial laboratory.