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May 31st, 2003

SUGAR, János

Time Patrol

On Moszkva tér, everybody who can dictate uninterruptedly
by heart for 10 minutes to a typist in a caravan receives 4.000 forints.

The texts are transcribed and published in a paper, entitled Time Patrol,
which can be purchased exclusively at the newsagent’s on Moszkva
tér for 400 forints.

My aim is to produce a documentary whose future value
is incalculable —exactly because it does not seem to be of any significance
in the present. What we wouldn’t give for an accurate transcription
of a random conversation that took place in a mail-coach at the beginning
of the 19th century!

As the result of technological developments, the private
sphere has become constantly sacrificed; the price of effective communication,
collaboration and co-ordination is that we can less and less make certain
that nobody has access to our privacy and our secrets. On the level of
possibilities, anything (post, phone, e-mail, credit cards, etc.) can
be controlled (spy satellites, surveillance cameras, face recognition
systems, automatic search and filter software on the internet, etc.),
so because of all this, in our everyday communication, it is easier to
assume that we are constantly in public.

János Sugár, lives and works in
Budapest.

http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/systematica/Janos%20Sugar.html
http://www.icols.org/pages/JSugar/JSugar.html
http://subsol.c3.hu/subsol_2/contributors/sugartext.html

I remember János from my time in BP: he was at a couple of events where I read my “poetry,” he was the inter-media instructor of a number of acquaintances, and he was around at places I was around.

The Ludwig Museum is in the
old Castle/Palace. Slighly odd for my (mid)Western-American eyes to see contemporary art in a building that had 900-year-old foundations. But that’s the point, isn’t it. We’ve all got 90,000 year-old foundations if not more…..

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