Presented by Blackheath resident Andris Heks
At the UTS China Research Centre,FASS Conference Room, Level 5, 235-253 Jones Street, Ultimo, Sydney on Wednesday, 28 March 2012, from 5.30 to 7.30 pm
RSVP to Claire.Moore@uts.edu.au no later than Monday 26 March 2012 (for catering purposes)
Ai Weiwei is at once the most internationally celebrated Chinese artist, one of the fiercest critics of the Chinese regime and the most prolific Chinese digital activist, and Gyula Illyés’ poem ‘One Sentence About Tyranny’ was pivotal in inspiring both the crushed 1956 Hungarian Revolution against Leninist Communism and the non-violent transition of Hungary from communism to democracy from 1989.
How can we compare literary dissent in Communist China and Communist Hungary? In what ways did outstanding poets and artists challenge dictatorships and struggle for freedom?
In exploring these important issues, Andris Heks will conduct the seminar in an unconventional way. He will recite his English translation of Gyula Illyés’ legendary poem: ‘One Sentence About Tyranny’; arguably one of the most comprehensive exposés of Leninist/Stalinist dictatorship, followed by discussion.
Then, in the second part of the seminar, Doug Chambers of Playback Theatre and Andris Heks will present Andris’play: ‘Ai Weiwei’s Tightrope Act’, again followed by discussion.
Andris Heks lived the first 18 years of his life under Hungarian Communism. He has a background in political journalism (This Day Tonight and Four Corners, ABC National Television). His comedy on John Howard won two first prizes at the 2007 Blue Mountains Theatre Competition. He is researching for a proposed PhD under Chongyi Feng’s supervision about China’s Rise to Global Hegemony.