Dia Bögi Saturn’s Trees


bögi_dia_fb_eventDia Bögi 

Saturn’s Trees

To understand human fate – regardless of time or culture – we often turn to the world of flora: almost involuntarily we borrow terms from the world and life cycle of trees to express periods in human life, such as the expressions offspring, budding, blossomed, withered, etc. In areas in which German is spoken, beginning in the 16th century, bare, dead trees were referred to as the trees of Saturn, an idiom tied to the association of Saturn with an introversive, contemplative personality.[1] “(The melancholic [Saturnine]) does not regard the unknown as something which must sooner or later be tracked down with appropriate training, but rather as the innermost centre of human existence and thinking.”[2] Similarly, the works of Dia Bögi are neither answers nor explanations. Rather, in the words of the artist, they are “attempts to accept irresolvable uncertainty”. 
The central element of the exhibition is an area of the ground covered with coal dust, which recalls the gesture of cutting holes in frozen fishing ponds. Carbon, the fundamental element of all organic compounds, ensures the substances necessary for trees to be solid. Cutting holes in the ice, in contrast, is an act of intervention by man which disrupts the seemingly solid but in fact fragile layer. Four branches inserted into the ground draw attention to the border of the coal-covered area and the hidden dangers in the surface, which is thought to be solid enough to walk on. These branches, which appear to be on the brink of budding, were cut by Bögi from trees in the forest surrounding a lake. They are sprigs which, in contrast with the other branches in the wild, for some reason were thwarted in their springtime revival. They never grew leaves, and in their current state, stuck in “ice,” they have no chance of rebirth. However, passing and rebirth are not mutually exclusive, as the decay of a Christmas tree in Beuys’ studio for four years drew attention to another life cycle, the continuation of life in death.
The works presented in Dia Bögi’s exhibition Saturn’s Trees examine the reconciliation of rebirth, temporality, and passing.

[1] László F. Földényi: Caspar David Friedrich, Helikon, 1986, p. 4.
[2] László F. Földényi: A melankólia dicsérete (In Praise of Melancholy), Jelenkor, 2017, p. 30.

(Magyar) Feldarabolódott napok | Győri Blanka kiállítása

2016. Apr. 15. | 19:00

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Felhívás / Jegyzet és vázlat találkozó / 2013. június 12.


Out of the many outstanding proposal received the Gallery committee supported Michela Alessandrini‘s (Rome/Budapest) and Luminita Apostu‘s (Romania) proposal.

Michela Alessandrini (1987, Rome) is an italian curator, art critic and art historian. She graduated in Contemporary History of Art at Sapienza University of Rome in 2011 and, since 2008, started a collaboration with artists, contemporary art institutions and non-profit organizations in her own country and in Europe, for example in France and Czech Republic. She currently writes for important online art reviews and is interested in entering in touch with the ever changing dynamics of the art world, moving continuously from place to place to discover the invisible link between art and territory/ies. This research is, actually, the main focus and aim of her residency as curator in Guest Space 2012 at Labor: a path that started from the anthropological and social studies for her thesis on Mac/Val (Musée d’art contemporain du Val de Marne in Vitry-sur-Seine) and leads to wonder about people and nations, métissage, man and men, cultural involvement and contaminations, identity and identities. A platform to make art, people and territories communicate and interrogate: that is PLartFORM.

Luminita Apostu (1985, Romania) lives and works in Iasi, Romania. She did her MA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art at “George Enescu” University of Arts in Romania and from 2010 she initiated theartstudent.org (a platform for supporting initiatives designed by art students). Her practice has related so far to the educational system in art and has also questioned the status and potentiality of art schools in the formation of their students as artists, researchers or other kind of workers in the field. If we praise the need for action and we feel savvy being nostalgic about these currently “bad” times in which the art student is not an activist when he should be, we cannot do this in the conference room, but rather in the classroom. In this scenario educational power comes smoothly disguised in the shape of curatorial models, so if we are to play these roles disguised like this, we must play seriously. Throughout the residency she intends to work on compiling a relevant speech, in the form of a collage art manifesto, which would empower art students to be more aware and critical about their position in the educational system. The research proposed for Labor’s Guest Space aims at building a discursive project through which curatorial self-empowerment plays the role of assembling bits of art history as a cultural heritage to be shared in front of 1st year art students.


LABOR announces a call for artists and curators for the use of the space of LABOR as a studio or an open space for a two week time in August 2012. Two successful applicants can use the space of LABOR in two weeks cycles for realizing projects related to visual culture. The aim of the residency is to provide a possibility for artists and curators for individual (or collective) work, introduction, and to get in contact with the Hungarian contemporary art scene. During the residency participants can use the spatial and technical facilities of LABOR (internet access, laptop), the library and the exhibition spaces. Participants of the residency will be invited to give a public presentation.

The residency project covers the use of the art space; upon request we can help in finding accommodation, seeking and building professional relationships.

Application Procedure:

Please download and fill in the application form from the link bellow:

The application has to contain:

  • professional CV
  • motivation letter and work plan, proposed activity (max. 2 pages)

The applications should be e-mailed to labor@c3.hu, in the subject please include: Guest Space residency call 2012.

Deadline for applications: June 25, 2012. Expected decision: June 29.

Further information about the previous year’s Guest Space programmes in LABOR:

(Magyar) FELHÍVÁS a Fal és Beton n#2 Mini rajz workshopon és fanzine-ban való részvételre

2011. Jun. 6. | 12:00

(Magyar) Felhívás / 3. Jegyzet és vázlat találkozó / 2011. május 31.

2011. May. 31. | 18:00

Summer opening hours

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2. Notes and sketches / 4th May, 2010

2010. May. 4. | 18:00

Invitation for participation at the 2nd Notes and Sketches Meeting, which will take place on the evening of 4 May 2010 at Labor.

At the meeting participants can view the notes, sketches and completed works in the presence of the artists.

You can participate in the event with any art notes or sketches, pages or notebooks – originals or copies.

Criterion for participation: personally attending the meeting.

What we can offer: tables, chairs, cotton gloves, blue tech, fishing line, scissors, raspberry drink with straw, music.

Date and time of meeting: 4 May 2010, from 6 to 9 PM

venue: Labor (1053 Budapest, Képíró u. 6.)


If you wish to attend, please respond by email to csatlos.judit@gmail.com by 30 April 2009.

The meeting is part 4 of the This Is Paper! event series.

organiser: FKSE, klorofill

This Is Paper! is addressed to everyone who love paper “just because” – be it small or large, coloured, patterned, shaped, folded, hole punched or perforated, be it drawing paper, writing paper, aquarelle paper, tracing paper, photocopied or faxed paper; notebooks – notes and sketches; books – even with a colour-changing cover; pencils – graphite and colour; pens – ink and ballpoint, paints and Japanese or Chinese ink.

How do we use paper today? The event series – through its exhibitions and professional art meetings – offers insight into the working method of Hungarian and international artists as well as the questions that hold current interest for them. It tells the story of paper – its history, how it is manufactured, the types of paper and special printing technologies that exist – and introduces participants to graphics techniques and drawing tools. It presents various types of publications – booklets, newspapers, magazines and books – mostly concentrating on the works of independent publishers.



Könyvtér – new program at Labor

2010. Feb. 23. | 19:00

Opening Könyvtér (Bookspace)
23 February, 2010, 7 p.m.
On the occasion of the opening the new interior – a bookshelf – designed for Labor will be introduced.
On the opening night on view  video Books by Gyula Várnai.

Music by by X-Menz Idiotronic and DJ Gandharva

Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Könyvtér (Bookspace)  is a thematic program series of Labor to collect and present books, journals, fanzines and other publications related to contemporary art. By involving different segments of contemporary culture, the primary aim of Könyvtér is to make the boundaries of art theory and practice the object of permanent reconsideration. Könyvtér offers various programs from readings and workshops to programs for children related to the above mentioned themes – artist books, readers, fanzines, archives. Ignoring the good old “silence please” library rule, the project’s intention is rather to create a suitable atmosphere for informal professional discussions.

Publications on view: magazines from the field of social sciences,  readers compiled for the Free School for Art Theory and Practice 2006-2009, design theory and typography related books collected on the occasion of the Typopass. Critical design and conceptual typography project, fanzines, publications by tranzit.hu, Studio of Young Artists
LABOR ongoing program series:

Magazine Program – Collaborations between editors of social science magazines and artists;
Private Libraries – presentations by guests on their private libraries relating visual culture
“Notes and Sketches” meeting – artists taking their sketch books for public view
Close Reading – Close readings of theoretical texts;
tranzitbog offline – open editorial events, panel discussions in connection with current issues of tranzitblog