Antal Lakner

Born in 1966 – Budapest, Hungary
Lives and works in Budapest and Paris

Education, prize, residency
2006Art in General, artist in residency, New York
2004Drac Ile-de-France aide individuelle á la creation
2004Le Recollets- Grant by Direction des Affaires Culturelles, Mairie de Paris
2004Eötvös grant
2002-2003Residency Cité Internatinale des Arts, Paris
2001-2002Künstlerhaus Bethanien, International Studio Programme, Berlin
2000D.C.A. – Gammel Dok, Artist in Residence Programme, Copenhagen
1999-2002Derkovits prize
1996In and out of touch, Artist in Residence Programme, London
1993Scholarship, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague
1992-1995Post – Graduate in Painting, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
1988-1992Degree in Painting, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
Selected Solo Exhibitions and Projects
2006INERS- Elevator stretching, Art in General, New York
2005States of micro- and double gravity,Trafo Gallery, Budapest
PASSIVE DRESS – habit de gravitation double, Galerie Frank, Paris
2004HER– Plankton class marine unit, MEO Contemporary Art Collection
2002Art Mobile, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2001INERS – Passive Working Devices, Art Mobile-Human Powered Biennale
Vehicles Hungarian Pavilion & Giardini di Castello, XLIX. Venice Biennale
2000EUROFARM, Hal Antwerpen
1999HER – The Icelandic Army, Zenit Gallery, Budapest
Altered states, Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana (with Attila Csörgô)
1998INERS – the power, Studio Gallery, Budapest
1997UGAR, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (with Georg Winter)
1994Bartók Travel, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest
1993Pope Collection, Gallery ’56, Budapest
Emmental Expedition, Studio Gallery, Budapest (with Georg Winter)
Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects
200710th Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach
Made in, made out, Projectroom, Berlin
Dorchester Festival, GB
Lost and found, Modem, Debrecen
200627th Sao Paulo Biennale, Brasil
Lost and found, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Big City Lab, Art Forum Berlin
99 Év, Modem, Debrecen
Positioning - In the New Reality of Europe, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Techno-d, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaujvaros
Post_modellism, Kunsthall, Bergen
2005Art Forum – (with Galerie Frank), Berlin
PEACE gerollt - euroPART, billboard project in public space, Vienna
Post_modellism, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna
DOMICILE: Privé/Public, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne
Positioning - In the New Reality of Europe, National Museum of Art Osaka
2004Buy Sellf, Ateliers d'Artistes de la Ville de Marseille
Passage d’Europe, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne
Open borders,Tri Postal, Lille
The new ten, Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg
Szappanopera, Mûcsarnok, Budapest
Metro, Gallery Priestor,Bratislava
Breakthrough, Grote Kerk, The Hague
Errances, Le Carrosse, Paris
Call me Istanbul, ZKM Karlsruhe
Body Works, The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus
Observatorium, Palais des arts, Dresden
Publikus, Desidea Studio, Budapest
2003Cruising Danubio, Comunidad de Madrid
Hungary Unplugged, Cotthem Gallery, Brussel
Kaap Helder, Rijkswerf Willemsoord, Den Helder
Real utopia - Art in the Graz District Gries, Rotor, Graz
2002MANIFESTA 4, Frankfurt am Main
Body Power / Power Play, Württembergischer Kunsverein, Stuttgart
September Horse, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Borderlife, Rhizom, Graz
Dévoler, Mücsarnok, Budapest
2001Parti pris, FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier
Digitized bodies, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Léger différé, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain, Séte
2000Uncontrolled, Gallery North, Copenhagen
Intuíció, innováció, invenció, Mûcsarnok, Budapest
After the Wall, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Cooperativ, Stadthaus Ulm
Und ab die Post, Postfuhramt, Berlin
1999Budapest – Berlin ’99, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Zeit spiel, IFA Gallery, Berlin
After the Wall, Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm
Public district, Usti nad Labem
Bloomsday , Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main
1998Gallery by Night ’98, Studio Gallery, Budapest
Cartographers, Ernst Museum, Budapest
Observatory, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Stöd til stödvar, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik
Art Forum Berlin (with Knoll Gallery, Vienna)
1997SIC., Kiscelli Museum, Budapest
5. International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Porn, Liget Gallery, Budapest
1996Junge Szene Budapest, Galerie 5020. Salzburg
Permutations and Combinations, Ballgame Hall, Prague
Millecentenárium, Bartók 32 Gallery, Budapest

Antal Lakner

The machines in Antal Lakner’s INERS Passive Working Devices series transform seemingly meaningful human activity—the individual phases of repetitional production processes—into meaningless physical exertion, leisure activity and entertainment, whilst immaterialising work itself. The idea of buying a wall-painting workout machine and turning work into sport by painting a non-existent wall, sawing, or pushing a make-believe wheelbarrow is, of course, no more absurd than being the proud owner of an indoor bike or a rowing bench. However, the question arises just what exactly we are working on (or out) when sweating away on these reality-replacing, virtual machines? Obviously ourselves. The reason why we give ourselves up to the early-1960s creation of post-modern technological civilisation, the cult of physical fitness, is to reclaim everything that our bodies—lazy and alienated by over-consumption—have lost as a result of technological development and industrialisation.
Made specially for the 49th Venice Biennial (and for hire on the exhibition grounds), the Art Mobile—Human Powered Biennale Vehicle causes culture-consumption, entertainment, and seemingly effortless meandering to become physical exertion, and as a consequence it contributes to our experiencing the art and perception rituals of the Giardini di Castello as effective and practical use of means.

Agnes Berecz

Antal Lakner
Passive Dress: double gravitation

Passive Dress by Antal Lakner looks like a spacesuit. And true enough, the suit comprises ergonomic weights that increase normal earth gravity by 150 to 200%. So wearing the Passive Dress is a considerable physical effort.

Says Antal Lakner, "the movements of a person wearing the suit become slower and more meditative." You have to focus on their body position and the basic movements. The envelope or shell hampers these basic movements. But it is also an opportunity to form new links with space, and new ways of occuying it.

Bundesberg Berlin
Bundesberg Berlin, 2005
INERS - Passive Working Devices/Handypress - the mobile bench
INERS - Passive Working Devices/Handypress - the mobile bench, 2001
Passive Dress/Double-Gravity
Passive Dress/Double-Gravity, 2004