For the past two years (2018-19), we have been trying to shake up Rákóczi square in the VIIIth district of Budapest. In October we had our final mini-festival, the 5th Rákóczisquaring.
We kicked off the new season by reimagining BRFK Gallery. The new place, called Rákócity became an urban lab with exhibitions and project focusing on the neighbourhood. The first event was Rákóczi Rekreáció, a "recreational center". We filled up the place with donated plants, heaters, nice smells and some hot tea. The participants could reserve an hour to relax on our website. After the success of the recreation, Somló Dávid and Makkai Dániel took the stage and those interested and introduced new ways and exercises to experience the space and place we are currently in.
During September 13-14, Mindspace visited Katowice along with Marek Ladiver from Stara Trznica, Bratislava. The main task was to meet with Stowarzyszenie FIL - a local civil organization in Nikiszowiec and have discussion about each others' situation and to exchange views. Nikiszowiec.
It’s been two years since we started to be actively present in and around Rákóczi Market Hall. With the beginning of the new year we were curious how the market and its workers received our ideas and events, so we went around and interviewed them. We wanted to know how much they know Mindspace as an organization and our work, and also how they see the market hall, its present and future. We interviewed more than 20 people.
The former BRFK photo gallery was reborn as a local experimental club called Rákócity. The first program included jungle vibes, calmness and lots of green.
Last year, the first Mindspace voluntary meeting was held, which proved to be popular. That's why it took place again, this year on February 4th, in the big hall of Lumen Cafe. The Mindspace team has been surprised, as more than 60 people have appeared and many have joined as a volunteer.
While the weather was still sunny in October, our intern team consisting of five people went on a day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia to meet The Old Market Hall Alliance team and explore The Old Market Hall of Bratislava (Stara Tržnica).
On October 8, 2018, Mindspace team met with Food Not Bombs Budapest, a volunteer-based organization, to learn more about the organization and opportunities for cooperation.
With this article, you can see how we started renewing our work with the market from the beginning of spring and how the rest of the summer went.
In the Mindspace’s Sensing The Space Workshop series, the neighbourhood of the Palace and Hall Quarter was explored in a playful and experimental way.
When it comes down to cultural-based neighbourhood revitalization a limbo appears time to time among the Valencian Municipality and the public, that has brought radical changes in local urban vision and appraisal.
Mindspace team held a Space Senzation workshop at a public park, during this year’s reSITE conference, in Prague. We invited participants, to take some deep breath, notice the levels of sounds around and within them, and slowly dissolve from everyday’s thoughts and arrive to the state of full, and non-judgemental reception. The tasks varied. Some did a ‘turtle walk’, after Walter Benjamin, who did this provocative actions on the streets of Paris back then to call attention on and express his critical attitude toward the uniformity and speed of modern urban life and capitalist society.