Zsuzsa Balazs

Journalist, HVG Magazine, Budapest

January – March 2011 Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow


Cultural “Guerilla” Movements for Regaining Public Places in the Cities of Europe

Alienation is constantly increasing in the second half of the 20th century, especially in bigger cities. The need of answering this phenomenon has given rise to many types of civil movements rooted at the bottom of society. They have tried to show the negative effects of alienation through half legal—so called guerilla—methods. The green guerrillas, for instance, gain space—for only short periods of time—from the ever rising urban traffic just like participants in urban playground movements. Others, like representatives of public art use irony to express their critical point of view.