Re-Visioning the aftermath of Communism

Reka Komoli

Since the fall of communism in Hungary in 1989, and the consequent withdrawal of Soviet forces, the significance of the Soviet legacy has been contested by different actors on the political stage. Part of this legacy is the social dislocation and economic decline that was precipitated by the end of socialism. Visually, this has translated into abandoned and dilapidated buildings and infrastructure on a seemingly post-apocalyptic scale. Revisionism continues today. Since 2013, the present Hungarian government has been actively engaged in it through visual means in the civic spaces—street names, statues, buildings, and cultural institutions. How do these successive and continuing revisions of historical narrative affect the semiotic reading of contemporary and archival photographs of urban Hungary? This article draws on documentary evidence as well as the author’s own experience of growing up in post-communist Hungary, to contextualise both archival photographs and the author’s own current photographic practice.

The connotation of music and identity of indigenous people in Taiwan

GuoTing Lin

This article is a first step in addressing the perspective of music and indigenous identity in Taiwan before raising awareness of traditional territory controversy through the ongoing indigenous movement. Thus, the historical process of indigenous identity in Taiwan is crucial for understanding the interaction of music and indigenous identity in Taiwan. This article is a precursor to my next article, which will discuss music and indigenous movements in Taiwan and will bring the music into the discussion. Firstly, I will discuss the ethnicity of indigenous people in Taiwan to evaluate the collective identity and personal identity of indigenous people in Taiwan. Secondly, the music and identity of indigenous people in Taiwan will be discussed, as music is a means for majority groups to consciously shape the image of indigenous people and to interfere with their lives through musical appropriation. After this first step, I will complete the next article on music that tells the story of the indigenous movement in Taiwan.


Cecilia Zoppelletto

Falling (2017) is a short experimental film which expresses, through poetry, the relationship between man and nature, particularly mankind’s impact on the environment – never-ending exploitation, leaving the world bare. The 1970s archive footage, which hails the ingenuity and benefits of industrial agriculture, lays exposed and ruined like its consequences. Salvaged archive footage from Congo’s national archives is reinterpreted through Giovanni Pascoli’s poem, The Fallen Oak (1907). The poem describes labourers intent on their goal of chopping down an oak tree for firewood, who are, at first, oblivious of the consequences, and then unwilling to change their minds until it is too late. Through her PhD research project, the film’s director is involved in the digitisation of documentaries from the National Film Archives of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where much of the filmmaking in the 1970s was dedicated to modernisation, particularly the national development of industrial crop harvesting and other agricultural processes. The original footage comprises 16mm films that have suffered over forty years of a tropical climate and intermittent storage, turning the film into atmospheric archaeological media records.

Sweat, data and liquid assets: the working body on the digital assembly line


Sweat, data and liquid assets is concerned with the bodily aspect of online click work. The project consists of a series of short, open-ended texts written by workers on the platform Microworkers about their embodied experience of labouring as microtaskers. The questions workers were asked to reflect on relate to which parts of their bodies were currently active, what sensations they were noticing, emotions that they were feeling and where these were located in the body. In addition to the texts, workers were also asked to take images of a part of their body that they discussed in their writings.

Kahvehane Kongresspark (2016)

Deniz Sözen

Kahvehane Kongresspark (2016), a temporary café, ceramic cups/saucers and a site-specific performance in public space is concerned with the colonial history of coffee as a global trans-plant, exploring human entanglements with coffee.

Recalibrating Vision in the Rainforest

Alejandra Pérez Nuñez and Pablo Mollenhauer

This article describes how the technologies of illusion in a stereoscopic audiovisual apparatus are utilised to problematise the limits of perception, and how our relationship with the invisible and the non-human may be re-negotiated through technological devices. The work articulates a reflection about the “ways of knowing” as the political dimension in the native forest and its relationship with the Huilliche people. The article problematises the dominant western episteme that separates the human from the non-human, which in turn is an ideological need for justifying the increasing ecological devastation. Hence, the epistemological becomes a political problem by assuming that it determines not only the ways in which we understand the world but also  what defines our relationship with the environment.

Signalling – at the molecular level

Monika Jaeckel

This text accompanies my performance piece at the exhibition, Hyphen – between art and research, in March 2019 at the Ambika P3 gallery. As with any other space, when entered, Ambika P3 becomes tangible in its relation and affectivity to both time and mattering. During the performance, the visible and audible specifics of the site become experiential through the diffraction of words and movement, intellect and sense, into contiguity. Throughout and beyond this text, movement practitioners engage with each other and the room, each from their perspective. Wearing e-textiles by the interface designer Gabriela Guasti Rocha, the performers will bring forward a normally imperceptible acoustic layer when moving through the space.  Fitted with wireless transmitters, these costumes pick up buzzing sounds that are elicited by the interference of motion. The combination of these noises sparked by movement, together with speech, aims to underscore that thought and action emerge in their interference with the layers and diffractions of their surroundings. The unanticipated, simultaneous surfacing of various forms of knowing (in moving, speaking, listening) addresses motion as multi-layered. It levels this processual interweaving of what is commonly understood as antagonistic—theory and practice, body and mind, self and other—towards an interpretation of complementarity.

Men leaving port at night and the light they carry

Gilbert Calleja

This short essay-film brings together some of the most significant assets gathered during my five-year involvement with a fishing boat in Malta, its crew and the Abela family who run and own the boat. Using the boat as a key referent, I explore notions of time and continuity through a selective use of split screen and a rich multi-layered audio-editing process. Key to this process is the use of repetition, disruption and transversality as creative strategies that enhance public engagement and immersion. The film combines text, images and sounds from my fieldwork as well as images and films chosen from the Abela family archives. Keywords: Documentary, photography, ethnography, visual anthropology, observational cinema, fieldwork

As I sit down to write a monsoon story without cloud bands – some mucus, confrontation and sadness

Harshavardhan Seetharama Bhat

In this brief essay, I chat about some of the anxieties of writing about monsoon airs. New Delhi, as my material interlocutor, provides me with a wealth of stories, ideas and observations. For this issue for Hyphen, I informally stitch together some hyphenated arguments and feelings associated with mucus, confrontation and depression, and their temporal affiliations in the articulation of an air of the monsoon. Observations arise out of my research fieldwork during the winter months of 2018 entangled with work from summer 2018, collaborating in the versioning and dreaming of a methodology.

Broadcasting, Language and Schools

Steven Barclay

This is a short essay about the history of educational media in schools. It is also about educational theory, linguistic theory, and the language we use when we talk and write to each. This is a short essay about the history of educational media and educational theory in the UK. I’ll be talking mostly about the place of audio-visual media, in primary school education. The history of education is usually identified with the history of schools and schoolteachers. Nowadays, it is more common to research broader aspects of education, such as architecture, diet, museums. This is partly because it is felt that a lot of the most useful groundwork on the history of schools has already been done, and there is not so much more left to say. It is also because we are starting to think more and more that education does not begin or end with schools, and that other influences on education are just as important. This essay is about the use of media in education.