Issue #21, 2005

The Right To Interpretation
Attila Tordai-S.

ATTILA TORDAI-S. is editor at IDEA arts + society, is running Protokoll Studio.


To read and write is the expression of the conviction that the world is not guided by the laws of fatalist determination but made by the human interpretation. This creed is at the foundations of the European civilization. Not long ago, the French and Dutch electors have rejected through referendum the European constitution treaty. As a consequence of the negative vote, some states from the Union have suspended the ratification of the document. We’ve started talking about a real problem in the interpretation of the reality we live in, about the lack for a common ideal. This vote is to be noted because for some time now it seems to be normal that in the IT/information society the citizen is only the consumer of the events. The civic attitude that took the eurocrat elite by surprise has triggered opinions according to which the creation of the new political superstructure can be based not only on the community’s approval but also on the involvement of the citizens in its conception. In other words, the individual-citizen could be not only the reader but also the writer of the constitution.

Peter Szabó’s work brings to the fore again the practice of thinking-in-action. Although on the template there is a declarative sentence, it serves not for reading but for writing. The cardboard insert in the magazine is for you to use. By this means you can indicate/produce differences of opinion in the public space. Thus, the work isn’t working to underline the freedom of consumption but the possibility of interpretation, hereby, the presence and the political role of the individual in society. 

Translated by Izabella Badiu