János Brückner and Lóránt Bódi are guest artists at studio das weisse haus in February 2015. János and Lóránt were invited to take part in a short-time residency due to the ongoing cooperation between Art Quarter Budapest and studio das weisse haus. János and Lóránt will work on the project “Defaut Productions” during their residency in Vienna.
Default Productions was established in 2014; it is a collaboration of Lóránt Bódi and János Brückner. This corporate-camouflaged agency subverts evidences of white hetero-normative power, through fake production and reenactment. “Reality is being so fake, as you playing unfake.” Default Productions prefers the in-humanizing practices of substitution and reduction, as received through everyday activities of consumer society, with a special interest in prank practices.
Lóránt Bódi was born in 1987. He studied at the University of ELTE Communication and Film Studies. Currently he is a PhD student at Atelier Department of European Social Sciences and Historiography.
In the past few years my research focuses on Jewish discourses on the Holocaust in post-war Hungary (1945-1948), before the emergence of canonized narratives. Not only has this topic escaped scholarly attention so far, but it is also dominated by the view—which my work aims to problematize—that Holocaust survivors were reluctant to publicly address their traumatic experiences.
János Brückner was born in 1984. He graduated at the University of Fine Art Budapest in painting at the class of Dóra Maurer and Eszter Radák. He’s been awarded by Ludwig Foundation scholarship in 2011, K&H Bank scholarship in 2012, Derkovits scholarship in 2013 and 2014. In 2013 he was a visiting research artist at the Newcastle University’s Culture Lab, Digital Media Department, creating the Happiness Manual, and had a residency at the Futura Contemporary Art Centre, Prague. Currently he is based in Art Quarter Budapest.
I stage emptiness. Default, dis-identified and inhuman emptiness. It is the vacuum, which is filled with the experience of re-discovering our own thoughts in this emptiness.
The last five years I was testing identities (stereotypes and clichés) through various techniques of dis-identification, in-humanization and representation. I tested heteronormative white pornographic representations, Eastern-European national identities through mixed techniques of digital, academic and corporate imagination. I was looking for the very thin edge between abstract and figurative, horrifing and ridiculous, human and inhuman. I found this edge as a field of vacuum which evokes horror vacui – a moment when somebody fills out the emptiness – and this can lead to changing perspective and new experience.
However, this way of artistic production is camouflage. A never ending pattern of hiding, voiding and cancelling.
Last year I focused on the default, average imagination. What and who is average? What are default settings of our life and imagination? This project is rooted in approaching everyday stereotypes – happiness, emotions – through corporate imagination. I created two manuals: the Happiness Manual and the How To Feel Emotions? manual, which are super-functional representations of basic human thoughts.