HERE IS THE AFTERMOVIE OF THE FIRST INOTA FESTIVAL!
- Light art
And here's some more for your eyes: Our Photo report about the RADIATIONS ⧗⧗⧗ Light Art Program
The first Inota Festival is nominated for the European Festival Awards!
The audiovisual festival has been nominated in the Best Small Festival category, if you like what you see, you can vote for them at this link
National and international light artists from 6 countries, 13 compositions and site-specific installations: the light experiments presented on the site of the power plant and in cooling tower No. 1 inspire individual image associations and open receptivity. The installations by Italian, Spanish, Austrian, French, Finnish and Hungarian artists took us on a visual journey through techno-cultural references, where we experienced different human-machine interactions and sharpened our attention and senses through the rippling (effects) beams of analogue and digital effects. ⧗⧗⧗
Curators of the Light Art Program: Dániel Besnyő, Mátyás Kálmán Technical coordinator: Ákos Tóth, Collaborating partners: VEB2023, Zsolnay Festival of Light, SL event, Hybrid Production, BG event.
Mapping Artists: András Nagy, Gáspár Battha, Gábor Szücs, Dávid Maruscsák, Patrik Kiss, Ari Dykier, Emiko Vj, Gábor Tarcsay, Gergő Geltz, Lehel Karsa, Mátyás Kálmán
TÓTH ÁKOS: KOHO
VISUAL / INSTALLATION
Intermedia artist Ákos Tóth attempts to make human perception something fun and interesting that may help raise awareness. He does that with arrangements of different media, technological tools, and natural phenomena, with his current focus on the perception of time and space.
KARCIS GÁBOR-KÖREI SÁNDOR: ILLUMINATED BOTANY
The Illuminated Botany project is a space and light installation that brings together the sculptural creations of Sándor Körei and the mapping projection experiments of Gábor Karcis, a media and light artist. The creative duo shares an interest in incorporating organic elements into their work and placing them in a new context. They have been conducting independent experiments with various transparent and reflective surfaces and enjoy using their interaction with light in their work. The installation is a synthesis of these investigations.
Plants will be placed inside a two-meter-high glass obelisk statue and arranged between regular reflective glass cells. As a result, the projection of sunlight filtering through the installation functions as a light installation during the day, describing sequential cycles like a sundial, but the full realization can only be seen after sunset with the help of imaging tools built in the installation.
EICHSTAEDT ANDRÁS:150 CD PLAYER
András is also known as Stant, Bizmuthmodular or Helmut Stant, as a techno and experimental live act performer. Since 2010 he is the organizer of the iLL Fest events on Gellért Hill, modular synthesizer producer and educator.
In 2012 he moved to Vienna from where he came back to Budapest 3 years ago. In Austria, while studying at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, he started to create sound installations and performance sound. His works have been shown in Venice, Vienna, Graz and Innsbruck.
He is characterised by his search for moods, he does not reflect but rather creates.The industrial, dark and mechanical style is a complete disconnection from the human being and subtraction of the human being in an inverse method - with its absence.
Often driven by technical ideas and questions to his works, he moves on the border between art and science.
150 CD Player Sound installation Iron profiles, Threaded spools, CDs
ADORJÁN ZALÁN: ATLANTIS
Atlantis is a kinetic light sculpture that embodies the cycle of life with the use of analog eccentric rotation mechanics. The dynamic of its movement represent a third of an amplitude, with slow waves, thus creating an environment of moving reflections and lights projected onto its surroundings that help induce a meditative state. The length of its entire cycle is approximately 1 minute.
BORSOS LŐRINC + BARTA BENCE: SÁRGANY
VISUAL / INSTALLATION
site-specific installation, mixed media, variable size, 2023
Nuclear energy is typically considered a 20th century innovation, but uranium and natural nuclear reactors from spontaneous fission have been on the planet longer than we have. Suppose that a civilisation developed thousands of years ago around such a reactor. An ancient tribe with a central element: the "radiant god". Traces of it can still be found today, slowly bisecting the barriers of rationality, through intuitive hunches and dreams.
The name is an old Hungarian name for uranium, and the formation of the same name is a speculative means of exploring a fictitious culture that uses uranium as a source of energy.
Sárgany irradiates the festival-goer audience in both visual and sonic terms. Viewers are enchanted by the work through the dream images displayed on gigantic "metal" t-shirts and the magnetic tape loop that runs through the entire space. The UV reagent colours evoke the fluorescent effect of uranium, while the repetitive mutation and decay of sound evokes the slow decay of radioactive isotopes.
Lilla Lőrinc and János Borsos have been working under the name Lőrinc Borsos since 2008, and since 2018 they have been actively collaborating with external members, the latest partner being Bence Barta (Noahstas), who together with János Borsos (Mike Nylons) forms the Sárgany music and visual arts formation, which debuted in Brussels in 2023.
HEGYI FANNI: RADIANCE
VISUAL / INSTALLATION
The characteristic qualities of cooling towers carry a special sacral meaning due to their centrality, geometry and monumentality while their operation is based on simple physical properties. Fanni Hegyi’s installation “Radiance” highlights some key elements of the cooling process. The aim of the installation is to preserve the memory of the once working towers and to give a closer insight of the space of the process where humans were mostly not allowed. The main elements of the installation are two circles placed above each other. The upper one represents the opening at the top of the cooling tower while the lower one symbolizes the water collection basin. The transparent membrane around the circles stands for, and opposes the massive concrete layer of the wall of the cooling towers. Due to its transparency it transforms the experience and allows the spectator to follow the process already from a distance. By the use of colours the installation manipulates our sense of heat and symbolizes the flow of the water used for the operation of the power plant. In addition to the visual elements, the operation of the towers can also be discovered through sound effects. The repetitive play of sound and light represents the cyclical nature of the cooling process during the seven-minute performance.
Sound: Olav Niels
DUKAI ISTVÁN: CONTRASTS
István Dukai is an ex-Yugoslavian former graffiti artist, currently living and working as a graphic designer/visual artist in Budapest. Istvan’s style is influenced by geometric tradition, constructivism and op-art. His minimalist approach to colors and forms, combined with occasional rhythmic variations, produces captivating and illusion-like compositions. By stylizing natural elements into geometric shapes and expertly combining them, Istvan’s work showcases the power of reduction and evokes a sense of sensuality. Some experiences of the artist are often reflected in his art. He is to convey a transcendent calm and order in these artworks. Something eternal amidst troubling times. Textures and forms of his childhood are a strong influence. Such as roughly woven linens of military tents, basic motifs of folk-art and the bold shapes of brutalist architecture in post war Yugoslavia and the socialist architecture of Hungary. He uses strongly abstrahising forms and muted colours. Such austerity underlines the calm atmosphere of his works. Contrasts and clashes define his art. These works are digitally designed, yet he uses traditional printing techniques and materials. This duality emphasizes the tresholds of cyber-space and reality, of digital and human connections. Contrasts between light and dark, between contained forms and disruptive lines express calm and upset, freedom and confinement, life and death. This exhibition will be the first public presentation of his latest works, in which he shows a sense of calm, of eternity and transcendence, while visualising the irreversible, change, the irrevocable reality, the passing of time.
KARI KOLA: BLUE PYRAMID
Kari Kola is Finnish artist, who specialises in working with light and sound. His production includes everything from elements of dance performance to outdoor installations. His work adapts to various locations, and his lights have illuminated such dark Nordic atmospheres as parks, churches, and bridges, even a closed mine. Kari Kola has participated in hundreds of festivals and artistic projects both in Finland and abroad. He has worked around 20 years with light and over 2,000 gigs on a leading role. He has been working on many historical castles and sites with also lots of unique sites like UNESCO HQ, Stonehenge, Villa de Laak, Saana Mountain.
His motto is: ”Nothing is impossible; it is just a matter of deciding how much you want to use your energy towards achieving it”.
CIRCUS LUMINESZENZ: BREATHE
Breathe is presence, consciousness, health and life! We can resign to almost everything in life and can survive days without food and water. Without breathing though we can only resist for a few moments. We breathe as long as we live and when we stop breathing we cease to live. Nonetheless we often forget about this essence in our life, the odem, the fountain and the breeze of being. Our modern-day life is so much reigned by stress, tension and nervousness that we must relearn the most essential part of our being: to BREATHE! properly!
Our first as our last breath opens the door to another dimension and that each breath in between gives us the opportunity to be happy and healthy. With this installation, Circus Lumineszenz would like to make people aware about reconnecting with themselves and to nature by just breathing consciously. This sculpture seeks to inspire the observer interactively, both visually and auditory.
LaLuz Visuals, has been illuminating the world for over 20 years with their mesmerizing projections. They specialize in creating a new dimension by combining light, shapes, and colors to craft stunning fantasy realms that captivate audiences. LaLuz Visuals has brought dreams to life on three continents and in over twelve countries, leaving a trail of awe-inspiring experiences in their wake.
Their expertise in light art has been showcased in a wide array of events and settings, including corporate, civil, and government gatherings, exhibition openings, stage performances, television productions, award ceremonies, galas, festivals, and museums. Additionally, they have participated in numerous international art gatherings, collaborating with renowned artists from around the globe.
KIÉGŐ IZZÓK: CAVITY
VISUAL / INSTALLATION
"Cavity" is a site specific immersive light installation set within the hollow remains of the power plant at Inota. Glowing Bulbs’ latest piece draws inspiration from the cavernous spaces and lonely monsters of the area, which are filled with emptiness. This experience beckons visitors on a meditative journey into the heart of darkness. Enveloped in a floating architectural web of LED tubes in which interplay of light and shadows creates an illusion of boundless space, evoking the sensation of a vast, luminescent volume.
Echoing the form of the empty, previously functional skeleton of the building the space is reinterpreted. Pulsating like a giant abstract heart it once again fills the void -defined by the bare walls- with life.
WURK-TERKÁL-BELKOVITS-KUTAS: TOTEM OF REFLECTION
The installation is based on a deconstructive self-reflection, in which the pieces of our perceived world are layered in a new order on each other, on us, and on themselves. The kinetic light installation is constructed from rotating modular mirrored fragments, creating a meditative totem of shifting reflections of the environment and the viewer. The circular repetition is dreamlike. Time is deconstructed. The self disappears with the focus. The viewer enters the reflective layers of the totem and arrives in a world of circling dervishes. The modular structure is made up of 60x60x60 units. The totem's movements and choreography are complemented by a light show, all of which is created in close interaction with everything else, reacting sensitively to its environment.
Creators: Wurk Icon Terkál Róbert László Belkovits Bianka Kutas
Onionlab directs and produces audiovisual installations and exhibitions. The multidisciplinary studio based in Barcelona and working worldwide. Their works are centred around aesthetic attention to detail and technical innovation. Combining space and content is one of their strongest points. It has extensive experience creating interactive and audio-visual installations for top-level events and exhibitions, some of the most renowned light festivals around the world, world Expos and the Venice Biennale.
Onionlab’s Termikus is a 16 minutes show in a circular loop, with no beginning or end, that will invite the audience to feel immerse in its beauty and complexity. It aims to recover the energy that years ago that particular space had. It’s a tribute to the boiler room where energy is generated again. Now the space will have a new, cleaner and healthier energy: an energy that will be generated by lights, sound and people.
FUSE*: ONIRICA ()
VISUAL / INSTALLATION
Onirica () is a project that explores the dimension of dreams, interpreting through synthetic languages the creative ability of the human mind during sleep. Through the use of machine learning algorithms capable of translating textual content into images, Onirica () brings together nocturnal visions in a continuous stream of moving images, highlighting unprecedented reflections on the relationship between human being and machine, between tool and creator.
The work was also created thanks to the collaboration with two dream banks, the first from the University of Bologna and the second from the University of California Santa Cruz. Selected from a base of 28,748 dreams, the dream plots flow one into the other as a series of short films artificially generated by a machine learning system. While it proposes endless possible translations of dreams into images and voices, all aesthetic and conceptual choices remain in the hands of the artist: the technology thus assumes the role of a creative assistant that interprets directorial directions by proposing possible ideas and solutions. Onirica () accentuates the tension created by the interpretation and translation of a purely human experience, the dream, through the eyes of new technologies.
Directed by founders Luca Camellini and Mattia Carretti, 2007-born multidisciplinary art studio fuse* has evolved over the years and approaches the creation of new projects with an increasingly holistic approach, relying on a modus operandi that values pure experimentation and collective creativity. The intent is to create works that can inspire, suspend the ordinary and stimulate thought, sensitivity and imagination.
fuse* has always bound its development to that of the community in which it operates by supporting, promoting and conceiving projects that aim to spread culture and knowledge. With this intent, it has been co-producing the electronic music and digital arts festival NODE since 2016.
Over the years, fuse* has presented its works and productions internationally in art institutions and festivals including Mutek, TodaysArt, Sónart, Artechouse, STRP Biennial, RomaEuropa, Kikk, Scopitone and the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China - and now they are bringing a site-specific installation to INOTA.
GUILLAUME COUSIN: LE SILENCE DES PARTICULES
Guillaume Cousin is a French artist based on the Atlantic coast, who describes himself as an "experimenter-constructor." He has been actively involved in the performing arts industry as a set designer and lighting designer since 2000. His work revolves around exploring the writing of space and time and how they unconsciously affect us. His fascination with the unconscious impact of space and time on human perception led him to experiment with the similarities between fluids and quantum particles. His unique approach combines various elements, including light, fluid, and sound, to create immersive experiences that engage the viewer's senses and provoke deep thought. His installations often create an illusion of a new reality that invites the viewer to reflect on their relationship with the world.
"Silence des particules" is an ephemeral artwork, a unique air sculpture which only exists during its exhibition time. At the rear of the exhibition space, an impressive machine is used to make visible the movement of air. In a cyclical manner, the machine fills with smoke while a pneumatic piston enlarges its interior volume, creating a calming effect.
VICSEK VIKTOR: VOLUME
VISUAL / INSTALLATION
We shape our spaces / Our spaces shape us
“[…] the relationship between man and the cultural dimension is one in which both man and his environment participate in molding each other… [such that] in creating this world he is actually determining what kind of an organism he will be [emphasis in the original].”
[Edward T. Hall, Hidden Dimension, p 4.]
Do you become a different person in a new space? Do the spaces you inhabit shape your personality? Explore this amazing industrial yet intimate space in layers – discover how the space, its size and shape change as we move from darkness to light, from one layer to another. Experience how you and your environment are molding each other, how the changes made to the space and your perception of it influence and change your sensations, feelings, and behavior. Are you still the same?
Limelight Co-Founder and artist Viktor Vicsek started out as a VJ in one of the first VJ communities of Hungary in 2000. He worked as the lead software developer for the Media Technology Group of the Hungarian National Academy's Computer and Automation Institute between 2006 and 2011. He participated in creating numerous art installations, theater, and contemporary dance plays as interaction designer/developer.
Since 2011, he has been mostly active in creating content for architectural and 3D object projection mapping. He has been working with light and projection for most of the last 20+ years, from making slides for Pani projectors in the late 90s through designing numerous projected stage-sets for theatres and interactive projection for dance performances. His animations have been projected on buildings and large-scale stage-sets around the world from New York to Sao Paulo, Montevideo, Tokyo, Sharjah, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Melbourne and his works were presented at light festivals in Poland, Slovakia, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Australia. He was a guest lecturer for the projection mapping department at the Metropolitan University Budapest between 2014 and 2018.
Since 2015, he has been designing and creating LED installations that, among other cities, have been exhibited in Hong-Kong, Toronto, Amsterdam, Norrköping, and Montreal.
BESNYŐ-PFITZNER-CZINGÁLI: VACUUM II
ACUUM II space-specific audiovisual installation of Dániel Besnyő and Áron Pfitzner brings back the Inota Thermal Power Plant No1 into operation. The monumental empty space creates an exceptional installation environment. This year, in addition to experiencing the empty space, the artist duo that dreamed and realized the Inota [re]opening project in 2022, will prepare an exact and clean visual approach with a dynamic and industrial audio atmosphere. Programmed robot lights, zigzagging lasers and projections and deep sound effects are waiting for the visitors.
Artists: Dániel Besnyő, Áron Pfitzner, Zoltán Czingáli, Patrik Kiss
TURBINE HALL VISUAL
Stunning LED wall animations by Dávid Maruscsák, Gábor Szücs, Digitalistik, Roy Datom
Fotók: Soós Bertalan, Szemerey Bence, Karancsi Rudolf