National Textbook Committee andStereotype Committee 2015
National Textbook Statement:

The project "National Textbook" surveys the concept of national identity by looking at how foreign history textbooks portray Hungary. The relevant passages of the ever-growing archive of textbooks are analyzed at workshops by high school students and their History teachers. The educational objective is to encourage reflection and critical thinking by facing students with the various (and very often contradictory) narratives of historical memory varying by nation. Students are also asked to collect common stereotypes about Hungary from their foreign aquaintances, which they turn into visual works of art (posters or maquettes) displayed at exhibitions rounding up each workshop.
The formal outcome of the project, the so-called 'National Textbook' itself will be an artwork of symbolic meaning: a collage book presenting Hungarian history through visual and textual material cut from the original foreign textbooks, arranged in chronological order. A functional output of the project will be the website incorporating the edited and searchable material of the collage book (translated into Hungarian and English), along with the source texts and the documentation of the workshops.

NTK community and supporter page:
Stereotype collection realized in collaboration between National Texbook Project and index-link in 2016 at Sziget festival Budapest
We collected with students stereotypes on paper about Hungary from foreigner guests of Sziget Festival in 08/13-16/2016
After the collecting the index-link made an issue included a selection of stereotypes what we have got about Hungarian.



"National Textbook" Phase 4 2015-05-18/05-23 Budapest
Date of the workshop: 18-21 May 2015
Location: Budapest IX. Pipa utca 4 (Medence Group Studio)

Vernissage: 21 May 2015, 7pm Exhibition open: 22-23 May 2015, 4pm-8pm.

The National Textbook Committee is coming up with yet another one-week workshop-exhibition. Consisting of high school students and pre-registered visitors, the committee is going to build a collection of stereotypes concerning Hungary and the Hungarians, all arranged in the form of a bulletin board and maquettes of imaginary memorials. The basis of these works is provided by the stereotypes previously amassed from the participants' personal network of foreign aquaintances. Also prior to the workshop-exhibition, coached by their history teachers, students from collaborating schools get the chance to take a closer look at the available foreign textbooks and delve into the array of narratives relating to Hungarians.
A main product of the 'National Textbook' projekt, which has been developing from 2009, will be a collage book containing visual and textual information on Hungarians and their history, cut from foreign textbooks (from countries mentioned in one of the most popular official Hungarian history textbook), arranged and stuck in chronological order.
Another major output of the multi-year project will be the website incorporating the edited and translated Hungarian text of the collage book, along with source texts and pictures from the original textbooks, as well as the documentation of the workshops, making it all available for everyone.


Collaborating institutions:
League of Independent Art Spaces, Szilágyi Erzsébet Secondary School of Budapest, Medence Group, OFF Biennale Budapest 2015
 

National Textbook Committee 2015:
Júlia Csernovszky (1992) graphic designer student (MKE)
Réka Kenéz (1987) curator (Szatyor Gallery)
Zsolt Keserue (1968) artist, project leader
Renáta Kovács (1981) history-Latin teacher (Szilagyi Erzsébet Secondary School)

Stereotype Committee 2015:
Tímea Busch, Linda Császár, Dóra Diószeghy, Dávid Kirsch, Rebeka Korsós, Juli László, Gellért Nagy, Dániel Sófalvi, Dániel Szepesi, Csaba Szigeti, Álmos Szirmai, Bálint Záhonyi Corresponding members : Alexandra Török, Levente Kovács, Veronika Ősz


Video by Dávid Kirsch about the workshop

The project still welcomes used or new high school history textbooks published after 1990 from the following countries:

Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Chile, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, North Korea, Estonia, the Philippines, Greece, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Laos, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco , Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Great Britain, Nepal, Nicaragua, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Somalia, Togo, New Zealand , and Vietnam.


Contributors / Special thanks Phase 4:
Marta Abele, András Zsigmond Albeker, Inguna Andzane(Embassy of HUngary in Latvia), Katrine Bang-Achton (Royal Danish Embassy in Hungary), Zsuzsanna Bakos, Zsuzsi Bodó, Bálint Fabini, Zsófia Ferencz, Bernadett Fügei, Ági Froschetczky, András Gross, Valdis Klisans, Mariana Lima, Judit Lipták-Pikó, Adrien Müller, Marite Repele, Veronika Poór, Mariana Rosas, Rita Saitos, Masako Tahira, Bálint Ván,

National Textbook exhibition view of workshop 2015-05-21 photo Zsófia Ferencz
Workshop 2015/05/18-21 photo Zsófia Ferencz
National Textbook exhibition view of workshop 2015-05-21
" Phase 3 " 2014

workshop: 15-16 April 2014. Szombathely, NYME
exhibition: 8 May 2014, Pécs, M21 Gallery, "Private Nacionalism" (curators: Rita Varga , Márton Pacsika )

Partners and supporters:
Közelítés Művészeti Egyesület (Pécs),
Visegrad Fund, Culture 2007-13,
Független Képzőművészeti Tanszék,
Zakar István zakartist.com,

The task of the students was to make up maquettes commemorating the dystopic disappearance of Hungary, based on stereotypes collected from their personal network of foreign acquaintances. The resulting compilation, together with the products of the preceding Phase 2, was displayed at the international exhibition 'Private Nationalism' in Pécs.


































"Phase 2"
2012

4pm-8pm 11-14 June 2012 Labor,
1053 Budapest, Képíró utca 6..
www.labor.c3.hu

National Textbook Committee:
editor-in-chief: Zsolt Keserue
coordinator: Petra Csizek
assistant: Réka Kenéz

Stereotype Committee: Zsuzsanna Balogh, Rebeka Takáts, Ágota Nógrádi, Zsuzsanna Dávid, Ruby Bodócs-Usher, Orsolya Fekete, Fruzsina Fazekas, Fanni Csóka, Dóra Kádár, Nóra Mihalik, Luca Nagy (students of Szilágyi Erzsébet Grammer School Budapest)

Article on the project:
Linnea West:
http://contextandidentity.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/meeting-with-zsolt-keserue/
video documentation


The editorial board of the National Textbook is announcing a four-day open workshop in Labor Gallery.

The workshop starts to create a single copy of the new 'National Textbook' with collage technique using texts, diagrams, and pictures dealing with the history of Hungary taken from high-school textbooks from various foreign countries. These four afternoons offer an insight into the creative process, namely the editorial work and into whatever has been accomplished so far. Moreover, we are invited to take part in the actual editing, translating, archiving process, or to help to develop and expand the 'collection of stereotypes' about Hungary.

The ongoing project National Textbook creates a montage 'publication', which aims at gathering data about Hungary, its formation and history from textbooks used in the public education systems of neighbouring, European, and far-away countries. The probably surprising and contradictory stories - all reviewed and certified by each country's national textbook committee - put next to one another in one publication inspire reflection upon historical memory and stereotypes, and reveals the relativity of what is generally regarded as objective. The first presentation of the project took place in March 2011 as part of the Gallery by Night series at the Studio Gallery, where six collections, based on textbooks mostly from neighbouring countries, were introduced to the public.
Organizers of the workshop kindly invite you to the open editorial hours on 11-14 June 2012 daily between 4pm and 8pm and to the closing discussion on Thursday, 14 June at 7pm.

Invited guests:
Balázs Böcskei sociologist,
dr.István Hantos secondary school teacher (Alternative Secondary School of Economics), Renáta Kovács secondary school teacher (Szilágyi Erzsébet Secondary School of Budapest),
Dr. Anett Ragó psychologist,
Zsolt Keserue artist, project leader
moderated by: Ferenc Tamás secondary school teacher (Szilágyi Erzsébet Secondary School of Budapest).



Cooperator: tranzit.hu
Documentary exhibition of the Artists at School project
Tranzit.hu
Budapest Király utca 102
30-10-2012 / 30- 11-2012


Contributors / Special thanks Phase1-2: Judit Angel, Katalin Aknai, Judit Bajkó, Zsuzsanna Baltazarova, Miklós Bán, Sándor Bartha, Zsófia Bene, Zsuzsanna Benkő, Nóra Bürger, András Czirók, Judit Csatlós, Éva Cseryné Kislaki, Dr.Ramadan Dogan, Denis Beviz, Gábor Döme, Gianmaria Eletto, Dávid Falvay, Aysa Gasanova, Júlia Gáspár, Ferenc Gróf, Barbara Guttman, Dóra Hegyi, Előd Benjámin Horváth, Eszter Jankó, Tímea Jerger, György Jerovetz, Kitty Kenéz, Lilla Khoor, László Kojanitz, Emília Kollár, Nándor Erik Kovács, Renáta Kovács, Márta Krámli, Bettina Lehmann / Ivan Diklić, Annamária Ligosztájeva, Vesna Lomic, Viola Lukács, Geraldine Molnár, Milena Vladimirova, Orsolya Serkédi, Vera Simon, Márta Snopek, Dr. Wiltrud Steinacker, Réka Szabó, Borbála Szalai, Ibolya, Szamborovszkyné Nagy, Ferenc Tamás, Vladimir US, Ildikó Váradi-Sievers, Zsuzsanna Varga Szegedi, Veronika Wágner, Savina Zwitter

Supported by: National Cultural Fund, Studio of Young Artists Association, Polish Institute in Budapest, Finnagora, Gimnazija Bezigrad, II. Rákóczi Ferenc Hungarian College in Kárpátalja, Apáczai Csere János Library, Espell Fordítás és Lokalizáció Zrt, Szilágyi Erzsébet Secondary School of Budapest, Österreichische Schule Budapest





















































































4 days workshop, exhibition and panel discussion photo: Dennis Michael Khieffer Beviz
"Phase 1" 2011
"Gallery by Night" Studio Gallery, Flash Bulb Memory Budapest 2011 (studio.c3.hu)
curator: Borbála Szalai
assistant: Geraldine Molnar

This was the first show of the project at a one-night exhibition. A corner of the place was arranged into a resarching room where I worked on the collage book named The Hungarian National Textbook .
I. phase, 1 night show "Gallery by Night" photo: Bori Szalai