György Galántai: Remembrance of a message, 1988 (bookwork)


Miklós Erdély

The features of the Post-neo-avant-garde attitude*

1. One must acknowledge one’s own competence with regard to one’s life and fate, and keep to it above all else.

2. This competence extends to whatever concerns one’s life, whether directly or indirectly.

3. In this manner one’s competence extends to everything.

4. One must have the courage to perceive whatever is bad, faulty, torturous, dangerous or meaningless, whether it be the most accepted, seemingly unchangeable case or thing.

5. One must have the boldness to propose even the most unfounded, least realizable alternative.

6. One must be able to imagine that these variants can be attained.

7. One must give as much consideration to possibilities that have only a slight chance but promise great advantages as to possibilities that in all likelihood can be attained but promise few advantages.

8. Whatever one can accomplish with the limited tools at one’s disposal one must do without delay.

9. One must refrain from any form of organization or institutionalization.

*Miklós Erdély: Optimistic Lecture: The Features of the Post-neo-avant-garde Attitude. [Translated by: Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák.] Originally read at Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Aesthetics, Budapest, 22 April 1981.)