Who are you? Can you please introduce yourself?
T+U (Technologie und das Unheimliche) is a Berlin-Budapest-Leipzig(-cloud) based publishing project and cross-disciplinary movement, that was initiated by Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi and Márió Z. Nemes. T+U aims to circuit the cultural phenomena resulting from the confrontation between the conditio humana and technology by thematic issues and related projects. Regarding to this mission, T+U mediates between cultural technologies within the context of post-digitality and tries to contaminate para-academic thinking with artistic tactics.
Can you tell us about your publications? What kind of material can we find in them?
The first issue of T+U (“Bunker”, 2014, DIN A/4, xerox, risograph, ed.: 100) on the fictional bunker of our collective subconscious. Readers are confronted with possible apocalyptic scenarios and various cultural references to shelters. They are invited to certain spaces of protection where the imagination could ensconce in time of emergency. Whether it is a concrete bunker from the World War II, a fallout shelter from the Cold War era, Martin Heidegger’s Hütte in the Black Forest, the oneiric house of Gaston Bachelard, or even Batman’s cave, these are all spatio-cultural metaphors of intimacy. They are, on one hand, always somewhere in a world of possibilities, or exist, per se, as an interior without any outward. Therefore, the first T+U issue is a perfect example for how a handcrafted document of personal apocalypse would have looked like in our post-digital vision of counter-culture.
Technologie und das Unheimliche (Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Márió Z. Nemes), vol. I. “Bunker”, Budapest-Berlin-Leipzig, 2014.
The second edition of T+U (“Dinosaurs”, 2014, DIN A/4, xerox, offset, ed.: 100) reflects on the paradigm of terrestrial beings that open up the inexhaustible source of “becoming-other” in the anthropocentric culture. Therefore, the second volume of ‘Technologie und das Unheimliche’ tries to show the technological and post-anthropological dimension in which the biological and cultural self representation of the human could be reformed by the super-metaphor of dinosaurs.
Technologie und das Unheimliche (Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Márió Z. Nemes), vol. II. “Dinosaurs”, Budapest-Berlin-Leipzig, 2014.
Our third issue (“Enigma”, 2015, DIN A/4, xerox, risograph, ed.: 150), in collaboration with the fellows of Akademie Schloss Solitude, focused on the confrontation of mysteries and cultural paranoia. In order to unfold this multilayered phenomenon, we aimed to use the notorious cipher machine Enigma as a super-metaphor for technological uncanny that constantly irritates the dominance of Enlightenment humanism and scientific optimism. In that sense, Enigma as a discursive object becomes capable of opening up our imagination to a new field where the irrational, the paranormal, and the extraordinary are not colonized by rigid calculations, but actually stem from the inland of the computational systems.
Besides that T+U also functions as an indie press collective, therefore we also publish other related materials, such as tactical issues, propaganda, manifesto, mixtape, etc.
Technologie und das Unheimliche (Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Márió Z. Nemes), vol. III. “Enigma”, Budapest-Berlin-Leipzig, 2015.
The fourth edition of T+U (“Bunker” Revisited, 2015, DIN A/4, xerox, digital print, ed.:150) was a remixed version of our first Bunker issue, that was made for an installation display about nuclear phantasies, geological subconscious and subterranean storages. Beside the large format zines we also publish tactical materials, propaganda and mini booklets, e. g.
Technologie und das Unheimliche (Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Márió Z. Nemes), vol. I. “Bunker” Revisited, Budapest-Berlin-Leipzig, 2015.
Our “Terror Breviary” (2015, DIN A/6, xerox, ed.:100), that was published for a collaborative project with techno-art collective “The Corporations” in the context of OFF Biennale Budapest 2015. The small size booklet contains appropriated and revisited quotes on terror and politics from Giorgio Agamben, Gottfried Benn, Jacques Derrida, and Arthur Schopenhauer, etc.
Technologie und das Unheimliche (Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi, Márió Z. Nemes), Terror Breviary 2015, Budapest-Berlin-Leipzig, 2015.
Why do you make/made zines? Why do you publish this way?
Since T+U considers itself not only as an art collective/publishing project, but also as a movement, therefore printed issues are rather occasional manifestations or materialisations of the movement as a such. The zines are not the end-products, but rather incarnations of a continuous intellectual and artistic processes.
Are your publications to be considered as futuristic?
However it is crucial to us to do something forward looking, our publications are rather to be considered as retrofuturistic, atemporal, or archeological. Our zines are excavations of cultural tectonic plates, of collective fears and fantasies, of non-linear stories on possible future scenarios and alternate histories of the present.
How would you characterize your aesthetic?
Rough, dark, techno-pessimistic, with a slight nostalgic touch. It contains reminiscences both of punk zine aesthetics of the 70’s and 80’s, and of promotional issues for youngsters on science and technology from the Eastern part of the former Iron Curtain.