PROJECTS

Essenceless series / Football gate
2016
Gelatin silver on canvas
138 x 163 cm

I took pictures of my subjects when they were sitting on bus number 7 in Budapest. My only instruction for them was not to move not to “behave”, as long as I was exposing. So I wanted them as well to observe for 4 to 5 seconds. Despite the fact that they do not move, the mechanic movement of the bus tips them out of their balance. With this, I tried to picture that although they seem to be at moveless, things are changing all the time. We are changing continuously even in a couple of seconds.

A brief mood film for the Close Hair Salon of Budapest. When there is a hairdresser you like to visit, there is also a connection to care for. The presence of proximity is essential.Credits: photography: Ákos Rajnai – hair: Bálint Almássy at Close – make up: Dorka Keizer – stylist: Orsolya Poppre – model: Sara at Attractive – sound design: Benjamin Krátki – piano: Ákos Rajnai special thanks: Viktor Hole, Viktória Balogh – dress: ONE Fashion Budapest | KONSANSZKY

It was shot in an industrial hall in Csepel, Hungary. The main idea is the uninterrupted approaching of the installation, while you can hear the thoughts of the creator, Tünde Újszászi. The duo of Tünde Újszászi and Ákos Rajnai studies the natural laws of being, starting it from the idea of inductive logic. Their creative method is made of observation and acquiescence. These help them get closer to reality and to objective understanding. Thus, action and reaction is not emphasized in their work. Experimenting with various media gets a vital role in their conceptual projects, during which they study the effects these have on one and other. Their main genres are installation and media art.A contemplative video work in one cut. HD video, 4’54” cinematography and post-production: Ákos Rajnai – narration: Tünde Újszászi – dolly grip: Péter Balogh – singing bowl: Emese Király – translation: Dániel Vékony – special thanks: Kornél Nágel – supported by: Ministry of Human Resources Kozma Lajos Arts and Crafts Scholarship.

Video work made to accompany the installation titled “Difference” by Tünde Újszászi. This work of fine art consists of two parts. The video first presents the six metres long wall, with the height of six and a half metres (with the suspension), made of Scots pine, and it then presents the part made of a hundred standalone elements. During the film, short excerpts from the detailed interview with the artists can be heard. The identical motto of the video and the installation is a quote from Béla Hamvas.Credits: cinematography: Ákos Rajnai – installation and narration: Tünde Újszászi – static consultant: Ágnes Horváth – statitc consultant: Áron Urbanics – alpinist consultant: György Venczel – alpinist: András Vigassy – translation: Péter Radics – alpinist assistant: Attila Vigassy – car with platform: István Bori, Viktor Bori – hanger equipments: Attila Kanalas

The clear and omnipresent consciousness, mind existing in the permanent chaos of thoughts and the act uncovering the nature and the relations of all these, observation is considered important. It is a property of the mind that is only able to react. Therefore the videos are not based on story-telling or the presentation of some action. The appearing events are much rather states that operate as parts of some kind of a system or regularity.

The clear and omnipresent consciousness, mind existing in the permanent chaos of thoughts and the act uncovering the nature and the relations of all these, observation is considered important. It is a property of the mind that is only able to react. Therefore the videos are not based on story-telling or the presentation of some action. The appearing events are much rather states that operate as parts of some kind of a system or regularity.

The clear and omnipresent consciousness, mind existing in the permanent chaos of thoughts and the act uncovering the nature and the relations of all these, observation is considered important. It is a property of the mind that is only able to react. Therefore the videos are not based on story-telling or the presentation of some action. The appearing events are much rather states that operate as parts of some kind of a system or regularity.

During the teenager years, personality is inevitably immature. It produces desires, ideas and life philosophies, practically looking for fix points. It imperceptibly faces contradictions and keeps on searching, adoring and rejecting without a halt. To me it is sometimes exciting to observe how these young people (who have a vague picture of themselves) act like the opposites of themselves at the rituals of the fashion industry (photo shoots, fashion shows) in a gawky or a quite professional manner. With the video titled UNFASHIONED, I would like to reflect on this phenomenon.Unfashioned – conceptual fashion film – HD video – duration: 2’24” – styling: Orsolya Poppre – make up: Dorka Keizer – hair: Ábel Telenkó at Close – model and voice: Zsani Őze

This video is a draft of the presentation of the two-channel video installation. The documentation and the two video installations do not have sound. The two videos are connected by the nature of the functioning of the mind. The nature of thought is that it is either linked to the past or to the future. These timelines are symbolized by the two videos.Documentation of two-channel video installation, HD,7’44’’

Möbelkunst is not just a collection of 20th century furniture relics but increasingly a creative workshop, as creative renovation of objects is a permanent arena for experimenting. This time, the team is reinforced by designers also engaged in upcycling: Sára Kele and Tünde Újszászi helps re-creating objects, while media artist Ákos Rajnai is responsible for the installation presenting the collection. For the LOOP project, iron frames of 60 to 70-year old relax chairs were selected. Their salvation did not aim at imitating their original state, but at creating a completely new collection of unique pieces. The chairs are revived with graphic structures, playful flexibility and vivid colours made of loops, knots and ropes; this is how they return to the circle of objects for use.Documentary video: Opening event, Möbelkunst, Budapest. Credits: designers: Sára Kele, Tünde Újszászi – production: Barbara Markó at MÖBELKUNST – installation: Ákos Rajnai – character: Kornél Nágel – music: Lemongrass

My body of work contains video art and photography series of contemplative nature. My video works are primarily inspired by the experience of meditative observation and presence, which in many cases uncovers unstable layers of meaning and their analogies. I am highly influenced by the regularities of human existence and its quality, as well as its harmonic, yet contradictory relationship with nature.

The rapport between clothing (as kind of abstraction) and personality is included in my latest works. The installations of visual artist Tünde Újszászi also appear in my oeuvre complementing my course of thought and the context I create. I consider them a powerful reflection on motifs of time and passing, which realities are significantly altering the course of my creative process.

STUDIES

2012: PRO IDENTITY, Workshop with Saul Robbins american photographer, Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest
2008-2010: KONTAKT Courses of Art Photograpy, Faculty of Fashion Photography
and Faculty of Video Art, Budapest
2002-2008: University of Pécs, Arts Department, Faculty of Communications
2004-2007: Camera Anima Arts School, Faculty of Photography, Budapest
2001-2007: University of Pécs, Arts Department, Faculty of Political Sciences

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2007: ’Inward’, Autonomous Report, Youth House of Pécs
2006: Autonomous Report, University of Pécs, Department of Communications and Media Sciences
2004: Autonomous Report, Naiv Gallery, Pécs

MAIN GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016: Essenceless, Group exhibition with Tünde Újszászi, MONO art & design Gallery, Budapest
2015: To be counted, Group exhibition of new members of FFS (Studio of Young Photographers Hungary) MŰSZI, Budapest
2014: Celeste Prize, Contemporary Art Contest, ’Human Visibility’, Assab One, Milan Lajos Kozma Crafts and Design Grant, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, collaboration with Márta Kanics textile designer (Human Visibility), Orsolya Poppre designer (Images) and Tünde Újszászi artist, designer (The Black Rectangle video)
2012: Lajos Kozma Crafts and Design Grant, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, collaboration with Tünde Újszászi artist, designer (photo documentation about The Object)
2011: László Moholy-Nagy Design Grant, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, collaboration with Endre Fazekas fashion designer
2009: ’ARC’ poster exhibition, ’Street Fighters’, collaboration with János Bődey photographer, Heroes’ Square and ÓÓ Gallery Budapest
HURAKO group, ’Search Key Zone’, A. P. A. Gallery, Budapest
2008: Diploma Exhibition, Közelítés Gallery, Pécs
2006: Month of Photography, Godot Gallery, Budapest

GRANTS, NOMINATIONS

2015: Close film, Freedom of Form 2015 Competition, Interference Festival, European Solidarity Centre, Gdansk, Polland, Grand Prix nomination in the category: Creative Advertising Piece
2014: Attic (Contemplative Video Series), LICC (London International Creative
Competition), Shortlist
2014: Human Visibility, Celeste Prize, Assab One, Milan, first prize in the category: Photography and Digital Art

Reflection Series 01 / Original title: Human Visibility | Motto from Béla Hamvas, hunagrian writer, philosopher: Life is not the opposite of existence, but its degraded and reserved state. However life has a state when it become negative. This negative existence is not death itself, not passivity, not annihilation, but a neutral impasse. This is reflection. (…) Reflection is the state when someone is external to everything: external to life, to existence, to community, to reality, to alertness, to everything that is substantial. This is exactly why reflection lacks metaphysics and religion, and also community. Reflection has only one content: illusion. This is the individual "I".Released: PRISM MAGAZINE Issue No.: 16. One piece of the series Human Visibility was exhibited on the Celeste Prize 2014 in Assab One, Milan. This work of art became the winner in the category of Photography and Digital Graphics.

Reflection Series 02 | Motto from Béla Hamvas, hunagrian writer, philosopher: Life is not the opposite of existence, but its degraded and reserved state. However life has a state when it become negative. This negative existence is not death itself, not passivity, not annihilation, but a neutral impasse. This is reflection. (…) Reflection is the state when someone is external to everything: external to life, to existence, to community, to reality, to alertness, to everything that is substantial. This is exactly why reflection lacks metaphysics and religion, and also community. Reflection has only one content: illusion. This is the individual "I".

Reflection Series 03 | Motto from Béla Hamvas, hunagrian writer, philosopher: Life is not the opposite of existence, but its degraded and reserved state. However life has a state when it become negative. This negative existence is not death itself, not passivity, not annihilation, but a neutral impasse. This is reflection. (…) Reflection is the state when someone is external to everything: external to life, to existence, to community, to reality, to alertness, to everything that is substantial. This is exactly why reflection lacks metaphysics and religion, and also community. Reflection has only one content: illusion. This is the individual "I".

Pairs
2015
Giclée print
25 x 56,5 cm