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aura: reflections on a table

Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák
visual artist, DLA, assistant professor @ Intermedia Dept.,
vice rector, Academy of Fine Arts Budapest,
Márton Fernezelyi
computer scientist, visual artist, lecturer @ Academy of Fine Arts
program coordinator @ C3 Foundation,

Selected collaborative projects:

Cryptogram (1995-96)

Cryptogram is an early web-project addressing cryptography and electronic privacy. Although the historical fact, that Cryptogram used to be a practically functioning encryption system is not relevant any more in terms of practice, you can still explore the documentation and try the demos on the original website (for the latter an appropriate VRML plug-in is required, such as Cortona from Parallelgraphics).

DeMedusator (1997-98)

Demedusator is a shared virtual world developed by its visitors. The project was an early attempt to create a multi-user virtual world, in which any visitor - potential participant - can be "creative": the system enables the users to add their - either pre-designed or draft - creatures to the world, let it be a complete virtual world or simply a sound/movie or picture file. For the observer all the contents are appearing in form of a “virtual sculpture”, which is created by the Cryptogram system, containing the encrypted version of the first few hundred bytes of the file. To explore the “original” content the visitor has to touch the Cryptogram: the original content is immediately decoded and shown instead of the encrypted sculpture.

DeMedusator is based on the software environment of the late 90s(JAVA runtime and Cosmoplayer VRML plugin), it was discontinued in 1998. However you can still read its original project description.

Promenade (1998-2002)

Promenade is a Virtual Reality installation. Besides its original version first exhibited in 1999, a new, stereoscopic version has been developed in 2002, see the project's flyer of the renewed version in pdf format(176kb).

Smalltalk (2000)

Smalltalk is an interactive multimedia installation addressing Artificial Intelligence.

exAltarcation (2001-2002)

exAltarcation is a complex virtual reality and multimedia installation developed for the exhibition "Iconoclash" (ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, 2002). Produced with the support of ZKM in C3 Center for Culture and Communication Budapest.

Camouflage (2002)

Camouflage is an interactive stereoscopic VR installation focusing on the space-detection and form recognition capabilities of the human visual perception system. The project is based on fragments from the exAltarcation project, the installation was developed for the exhibition "Vision" (Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest, 2002).

Point of View (2004)

Point of View is a virtual reality installation developed for the exhibition "The Hidden Holocaust" (Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest, 2004).

SeeThrough (2004)

SeeThrough is an interactive networked video-installation designed for public spaces.


Interactive VR Installation by Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák & Márton Fernezelyi