Day 25

A video commentary on Magyar Akác

Overview digital gestures

For Festwochen 2020 reframed, director Kristóf Kelemen and visual artist Bence György Pálinkás have contributed a video commentary on the co-opting strategies deployed by populist politics, some of which do not even stop at flora and fauna.

Drawing on their theatre piece about the Hungarian acacia (Magyar Akác), also known as the false acacia, black locust or simply Robinia, the performers provide a humorous analysis – in tabloid journalism style – of how economic and populist principles make a mockery of the ecological equilibrium. And also how it came about that an invasive, non-native plant – like the false (Hungarian) acacia, introduced into Hungary from North America more than 300 years ago – could go on to become Hungary’s national symbol.

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