Conference: rA/Upture_2: ancestral_futurities; g_hosting; third_actors

It took place in the frame of the OFF-Biennále in Budapest in April 2021.The one-day symposium was connected to the Hungarofuturist project at the OFF-Biennále and hosted contemporary art professionals, theoreticians, and researchers to examine alternative future visions, concepts and phenomena.


Reigning powers have forced the plethora of futures developed in past-times into a state of hibernation. HUF and other ethnofuturistic projects seek to warm up and reactivate such ancient futures. Once a hibernating future wakes up, pasts will be dragged with it and therefore come to life. The awakening of these ancient futures tell histories narrated and created that re_animate the potential of a a_temporal revolution that travels from the present through the future to the past.

Participants: Clémentine Déliss (FR), Amanda Piña (CL/MX) and Bálint Szabó (HU)


The past does not only haunt the present, but also the ancient futures we want to awaken. Our desire is to create a multi_perspective on different points in time. Time confusion does not necessarily have to be haunting, it can provide a stance and be host the ghosts who would like to enter the timeline from another perspective. The ghost that HUF has conjured enables a dialectics of desire; an erotic play between the g_host and a non-linear time conception.

Participants: Borbála Soós (HU/UK), Zoltán Ginelli (HU) and Mark Horvath & Adam Lovasz (HU)


When we think of binaries it is we who embody a third observer, distanced enough to divide between sides. To embrace this conjuncture of dia_logistics we introduce the notion of a third actor. The third actors confuse the binary sense of co_existance, it re-situates the monologues hidden behind dialogues by responding or reorganising the manners of communication. How can we use this figure to untangle the trinity of past, present, future then? Is the past allied with the present forming a retrotopia against the future? Or is it a bond between future and present against the past utopia? Perhaps the past bonds with the future against the present as a dystopia. How can we intervene in these binary chronological orders?

Participants: Matt Colquhoun (UK), Ulrike Gerhardt (DE) and Julia Hartmann (AT)