Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák

szmz[at]c3.hu , http://www.c3.hu/~szmz, mobile: (36-30) 905-7336

Hungarian University of Fine Arts Intermedia Department
Address: H-1063 Budapest, Kmety Gy. utca 27.
Tel.: (+36)(1) 373-0069 Fax: (+36)(1) 373-0070

Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák was born in 1969 in Budapest, Hungary where he lives and works today. Graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts first from the Painting (1992), later from the Intermedia Department (1994). Currently he works as the director of the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and as a professor of the Intermedia Department.

His artistic approach can be characterized by experimentalism closely related to technical media. Szegedy-Maszák uses a broad spectrum of mediums in his artworks, from traditional chemical based photographical processes through painting and printmaking to interactive virtual- and augmented reality installations. Albeit his artistic approach is strongly based on media (an)archeology and the creative applications of contemporary digital technology, his art became internationally known by his immersive installations from the 1990-s, where the meaningful usage of special interfaces and digital technology made explorable the computer generated illusions. His artworks combine cutting edge tools with anachronistic processes both in terms of technology and meaning; intentionally confronting the viewer with the (historical) determination of our world picture by our depicting technologies.

1969 born in Budapest
1988-92 Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Budapest (teachers: Gábor Nagy, later Dóra Maurer)
1992 Graduated at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Budapest
1992- Lecturer of computer studies at the Intermedia Department
1992-94 postgraduate studies, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
1994 Graduated at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts Intermedia Department, Budapest
1994-95 Lecturer of computer-animation at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts
1994-96 Lecturer of computer studies at the postgraduate video&telecommunicationscourse of the ELTE University Budapest
1996-2002 program coordinator of C 3 (Center for Culture and Communication Budapest)
1997 assistant professor at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Intermedia Dept.
1999-2002 DLA studies, Hungarian University of Fine Arts Budapest, Intermedia Dept.
2003 Doctor of Liberal Arts degree at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts
2003 associate professor at the University of Fine Arts, Intermedia Dept.
2005-2009 Vice Rector of Education, Hungarian University of Fine Arts Budapest
2007 Habilitation Qualification in Visual Arts
2009-2012 General Vice-Rector, Hungarian University of Fine Arts Budapest
2011 professor, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Intermedia Dept.
2012-2022 Director of Doctoral School, Hungarian University of Fine Arts
2020 Regular Member of the Széchenyi Academy of Literature and Arts


1992 1st price of Hermann Lipót Foundation
1993 Eötvös Foundation, Budapest
1995 Hungarian Photobiennale Esztergom/Budapest: price of the magazine "Fotoművészet"
1995 Europian Media Artist in Residence, Dessau, Bauhaus
1999-2002 Derkovits scholarship
2003 finalist for Nam June Paik Award
2003-2004 Deák Ferenc post doctorial scholarship
2008 Camera Obscura - second prize of the restricted tender by Hungarian Museum of Photography
2010 Munkácsy state art award

Group exhibitions (selection)

Det nya Ungrens Konst , Kulturcentrum Ystadt, Stockholm
Árnyék (Shade), Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Barcsay Hall, Budapest
Olaj (Oil), Fészek Club, Budapest
Ostmodern Künstlerhaus Klenzestr. (with Attila Csörgő & Róza El-Hassan), München
Áthatás (Cross-Reflections), Fészek Gallery, Budapest
Oszcilláció (Oscillation), 6th Bastel, Komarno ( Czechoslovakia) - Műcsarnok, Budapest
Sub Voce , Műcsarnok, Budapest
Fotogram (Photogram), Goethe Institut, Budapest
Tér-képzetek I. ( Space-concepts I.), Budapest Gallery, Budapest
Aritmia , Uitz hall, Dunajváros
Tér-képzetek III. (Space-concepts III.), Budapest Gallery, Budapest
Jövőgyűjtés (Collecting future), Liget Gallery, Budapest
Polyphony, Budapest
Rajz, rajzolás... (Drawing, to draw...), Polish Institute, Budapest
Intermedia Diploma Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
Sculpture City , RAM Galerie, Amsterdam
Fotogramok (Photograms), Photobiennale, Esztergom
Fotogramok (Photograms), Vigadó Gallery, Budapest
Autokatalízis Vizivárosi Gallery, Budapest
Ostranenie, Bauhaus Dessau
The Butterfly Effect, Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest
Internet Galaxis, Budapest Gallery
Exploration Network, Center for Culture and Communication, Budapest
Beyond Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Internet Galaxis, Museum of Fine Arts Budapest
The code exhibition and lecture with Gustav Hámos and Miklós Peternák, Vilém Flusser Symposion, Goethe Institut Budapest
Áthidalás , Duna Museum Esztergom
Obserwatorium , Centrum Sztuki Wsplczesnej - Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland
Inter/Media/Art , Ernst Museum, Budapest
SeaFair, Skopje, Macedonia
Trieste Contemporanea 98, Triest, Italy
DEAF Festival, Rotterdamm NL
Digital Glance, Trafó Gallery Budapest
Pesrpective, Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary
Young and serious - recycled images , Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Kunst der neunziger Jahre in Ungarn , Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Interstanding III. , Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallin, Estonia
Intermedia - Inductive Point of Junction, Artpool P60 Budapest
Derkovits scholarship holders' exhibition, Ernst Museum, Budapest
"Intuition, Innovation, Invention, Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary
Media Modell", Műcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest, Hungary
C3 ou la jeune création, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
On Photogram, C3 Gallery Budapest
Young Artists from Hungary, ICA London
Iconoclash, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
Zweite Welt(Second World), KunstAllianz Berlin
Hungarian Electro-graphy, National Museum, Belgrad
Nam June Paik Award, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf
VISION - Image and Perception, Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest
Aura - After the Age of Technical Reproduction , Millenáris, Budapest
The Hidden Holocaust, Műcsarnok, Budapest
EU&You, Wien - Graz - Szombathely, Railway Stations
Second World, APA Ateliers pro Arts, Budapest
Dingpolitik – Making Things Public, ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Active Image, NCCA Moscow, Russan Federation
Digital Media Artworks, House of the Future, Millenáris, Budapest
Re:mbrandt - Contemporary Hungarian Artists Respond, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
ACM Multimedia Interactive Art Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Real and Virtual Spaces Vasarely Museum Budapest
Kempelen, Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest
Wolfgang von Kempelen. Mensch [ in der ] Maschine, ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe
ARTINACT, Museum of Paks, Hungary
Camera Obscura, Millenáris, Budapest
Constructive-Concrete Wanted, Vasarely Museum Budapest
Camera Obscura, Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest
Blickmaschinen - Visual Tacticts, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany
Visual Tactics, Kunsthalle, Budapest
Agóra Digitáliában – Digital Trends in Contemporary Hungarian Art 2, Magyar Alkotóművészek Háza, Budapest
Camera Obscura, House of Hungarian Photographers, Budapest
Máquinas de mirar. O cómo se origan las imágenes, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla
Concrete Photo, Photogram, Vasarely Museum Budapest
Art exhibition of state award winners 2010, Magyar Alkotóművészek Háza, Budapest
Contemporary Media Art, Arthouse Veszprém, Hungary
Gateways - Art and Networked Culture, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
Coleur Locale - Hungarian Contemporary Artworks, 320fok, Siófok, Hungary
Grafitri XXV - Mimetical Constructions, Rákóczi-ház, Miskolc, Hungary
Background II. - Neiher Master, nor Student, Kisterem, Budapest
Works Based on Human Intervention, Kunsthalle Paks, Hungary
Quadratic Equatations, Kepes Center, Eger, Hungary
Rangefinder, Kepes Center, Eger, Hungary
Coded Images - Informatics in Photography, Aquarium, Budapest, Hungary
Cake, Gallery of Miskolc, Hungary
Conceptualism Today, Kunsthalle Paks, Hungary
Still - Photography in the Museum, MODEM, Debrecen, Hungary
The State of Things, Castle Gallery, Veszprém, Hungary
Contemporaries: collectors and artists, New Budapest Gallery, Hungary
Thougths around the Black Square, Museum Vasarely of the Hungarian Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
TIMEBASE - Time-Based Media in Contemporary Art, New Budapest Gallery, 5 December 2015 – 20 March 2016, http://www.c3.hu/idoalap/?p=en
Tértelenítés (De-spacing) - exibition with Zsombor Pólya, Artbázis, Budapest
The Tongue is not a Reliable Instrument, B32 Gallery, Budapest
DLADLA100, Barcsay exhibition hall, HUFA, Budapest
SAVE AS... – WHAT WILL REMAIN OF NEW MEDIA ART?, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
The Formula of the Present - Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest
DIA-LOGOS - Ramon Llull und die Kunst des Kombinierens, ZKM, Karlsruhe
Fugue, Vasarely Museum, Budapest
Found exhibition, Artpool P60, Budapest
Thinking Machines, EPFL Artlab, Lausanne, Switzerland
GameOmetry, Vasarely Museum, Budapest
BAUHAUS100, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Tamás Waliczky: Imaginary Cameras, Interactive Outdoor Installation in the Hungarian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, co-authored with Márton Fernezelyi
Vom Pinsel bis zur Kamera. Werke von László Moholy-Nagy und seinen ungarischen Zeitgenossen, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin
Code and Algorithm, Vasarely Museum, Budapest
THE DEAD WEB - THE END, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Tamás Waliczky: Imaginary Cameras, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Finally We Can Learn Something, an exhibition by Kisterem Gallery, Kincsem Palace, Budapest
MOHOLY-NAGY 125, Hegyvidék Gallery, Budapest
Wide Angle, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
Disciples of Dóra Maurer, David Kovats Pop-up Gallery, London, Liszt Institute, Brussels
Sketch, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
Delineo ergo Cogito, Vasarely Museum, Budapest
The Masters of Graphic Arts - 11th International Biennal of Drawing and Graphic Arts, Flóris Rómer Museum of Art and History, Győr, Hungary
Winter Listing, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
BINÁLÉ - Queering Democracy, Kristály Színtér, Budapest

One man shows (selection)

Ostmodern , Künstlerhaus Klenzestr. München (with Attila Csörgő & Róza El-Hassan),
Goethe-Institut, Budapest
In the Belly of the Whale , Kiscelli Museum, Budapest (with Dóra Maurer)
Achilleus and the Turtle, Studio Gallery, Budapest
Variations on Steganography , Collegium Budapest - Institute for Advanced Studies, Budapest
Promenade , Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
Smalltalk, C3 Gallery Budapest
Solo exhibition, Raiffeisen Gallery, Budapest
Promenade 2.0 C3 Gallery, Budapest
SeeThrough, networked installation: Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Millenáris Budapest
SeeThrough, networked installation: Hungarian Institute Paris - French Institute Budapest
Collection Deák, Székesfehérvár
AURA 2.0, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest
Sole and Joint Works, Museum of Paks, Hungary
In Terms of Hardware, Kisterem, Budapest, Hungary
Sole and Joint Works 2.0, Magma, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania, http://www.magma.maybe.ro/archive.php?id=128#en
B5 Gallery, Targu. Mures, Romania
Kisterem Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Smalltalk2016: Hello Stranger!, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
We cannot See Clearly, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
Sole and Joint Works 2020, Artus Kapcsolótér Gallery, Budapest
Hardly Readable Works, Kisterem, Budapest



Camera Obscura I-VII. (VHS)
S8 1-3 (Super-8)
Cavalier (Computeranimation)
3d (Computeranimation/Installation)
Life-forms (Video-CD, together with Dóra Maurer)
Real-time I-III. (interactive computeranimation usig celluloid shooted in pinhole camera)
Real-time IV. (computeranimation)

Publications (selection):

Computer Studies Within the Intermedia Department, (Intermedia catalogue ISBN 963 71 65 01 0, Budapest 1993 - available (in hungarian) on www: http://intermedia.c3.hu/kat93/computer.htm
A dozen of Achilleus and the turtle available (in hungarian) on www: http://www.c3.hu/~szmz/pubtexts/achilleus.htm
www pages of the Intermedia Dept. (1994-98), http://intermedia.c3.hu/)
Sculpture City, Balkon 1995 február
Ideal City (Sculpture City catalogue/CD-ROM/WWW page 1994, Rotterdam), available on www: http://www.c3.hu/~szmz/pubtexts/sculpc.html
Space-concepts III, available (in hungarian) on www: http://www.c3.hu/~szmz/pubtexts/terkep2.html
Notes on the digital phenomena, available (in hungarian) on www: http://www.c3.hu/~szmz/pubtexts/delem.html
100 Years Old News (Balkon, Budapest 1996) available (in hungarian) on www: http://www.c3.hu/~szmz/pubtexts/100years.html
Cryptogram (WWW site, 1996: http://www.c3.hu/cryptogram/)
WWW pages of the Exhibition "Exploration Network" (with Miklós Peternák, C3 Budapest, 1996 http://www.c3.hu/explo/)
Misinterpretation and encryption - meaningless noise and interpreted data - Cryptogram
(1999, http://szmz.hu/4leonardo/cryptow6.html)
Digital Media at the Intermedia Department
(Balkon Contemporary Art Magazine, 2000 - 07-08),
Reconstructing Cryptogram - Case Study for the “404 - Object not found: what remains of media art” Conference
(2002, http://www.404project.net/)
Art as Research: Experimentalism in Media Art (Művészet mint kutatás: experimentalizmus a médiaművészetben),
essay in Művészet mint kutatás (Art as Research), Budapest, Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem - Semmelweis Kiadó, 2007
Essays, videos for the bilingual book and DVD published by the Museum of Paks, edited by Zoltán Prosek, ISBN 978 963 87881 1 5, 86 p., 2009
(parts of the essays /videos are avalible on my website: http://www.szmz.hu/)
Introduction to the (An)Archeology of Computers,
tutorial and reader with lots of background information. First published in 2000, constantly updated: http://szmz.mke.hu/comparch/

Selected bibliography:

Sub Voce, Catalogue, published by Műcsarnok, Budapest, 1991.
The Genes of Architecture (CD-ROM documentation of the Internet workshop Budapest-Wien-Rotterdam, published by Attila Foundation, Rotterdamm, 1994)
Camera-Obscura-Photogram Fotművészet 1994. 3-4. (available (in hungarian) on www http//www.c3.hu/~szmz/pubtexts/camobfg.htm)
Intermedia Balkon 1995 Feb.
Crossroads in Central Europe - Ideas, Themes, Methods and Problems of Contemporary Art and Art Criticism edited by Katalin Keserű, published by the Association of Hungarian Creative Artists, 1996. ISBN 963 04 8548 6
Bohár András: This is a(nother) world Balkon 1996 December
Kuglóf és fasírt - Austrian and Hungarian filmavantgarde catalogue published by the Béla Balázs Studio, Budapest 1996
Peter Weibel: Jenseits von Kunst Passagen Verlag, 1997. ISBN 3-85165-254-1
Petőcz András: In the Belly of the Whale Magyar Hírlap 1997. Jan. 7.
L. Simon László: Virtual Sculptures on the Net interview with Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák, Magyar Műhely 102, Spring, 1997
Cryptogram Magyar Műhely 102, Spring, 1997
Miklós Peternák: Achilleus and the turtle Balkon 98/5
Obserwatorium Catalogue published by Műcsarnok, Budapest, 1998.
DEAF 98 catalogue 1998, V2_Organisatie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. ISBN 90-5662-090-8
Bel Tempo 1999, Trieste Contemporanea, Triest, Italy
The Butterfly Effect - Current Coordinates CD-ROM, published by C3 Center for Culture and Communication Budapest, 1999.
Young and serious - recycled images Catalogue published by the Studio of Young Artists Association Budapest, 1999. ISBN 963 03 8250 4
Kunst der neunziger Jahre in Ungarn Catalogue published by the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 3-88331-033-6
"István Hajdu: Designing the meaning" (Jelentésdizájn) Interview, Balkon 99/11,12
"István Hajdu: Designing the meaning" (Jelentésdizájn) Interview in the book entitled "Előbb-utóbb" (Before and After), Orpheus Publishing House 1999, ISBN 963 9101 61 3
Media Modell Catalogue published by Műcsarnok, Budapest, 2001.
Perspective Catalogue published by Műcsarnok, Budapest, 2001.
Dóra Maurer: Fényelvtan (On Photogram) Magyar Fotográfiai Múzeum-Balassi Kiadó Budapest, 2001 ISBN 963 8383 28 3
Iconoclash Catalogue, ZKM Karlsruhe-MIT Press 2002 ISBN 0-262 62172-X
Zweite Welt (Second World - Artists from Budapest) Catalogue, KunstAllianz Berlin, 2002 ISBN 963-440-954-7
MÉLYI József: Hidden Space. Conceptional Help to the Works of Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák (Rejtett tér. Fogalmi segédlet Szegedy-Maszák Zoltán műveihez), Hungarian Lettre Internationale (47/2002-2003)
Nam June Paik Award Catalogue, Hatje Cantz Verlag 2002 ISBN 3-7757-1258-5
VISION Catalogue, C3 Foundation Budapest, ISBN 963 204 494 0
Iconoclash - Beyond the Image Wars in Science, Religion, and Art , Catalogue, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe-MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-62172-x
Elhallgatott Holokauszt / Bisterdo Holokaust / The Hidden Holocaust, Catalogue, Műcsarnok Budapest, 2004, ISBN 963 9115 91 6
Making Things Public – Atmospheres of Democracy , Catalogue, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe-MIT Press, 2005, ISBN 0-262-12279-0
DÉKEI Kriszta: Joyful Science (Vidám tudomány) - Szegedy-Maszák Zoltán - Fernezelyi Márton: Aura 2.0, Magyar Narancs 2007-08-09
Kempelen, Catalogue, Műcsarnok-C3 Alapítvány, 2007
HAJDU István: Embergépember - Kempelen a Műcsarnokban, Magyar Narancs 2007-04-19
Joyful Science - Interview with Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák & Márton Fernezelyi In: Praesens — Central European Contemporary Art Review 2007/1.
RIEDER Gábor: Szegedy-Maszák Zoltán és Fernezelyi Márton, Artportal July 2007, http://artportal.hu/
Hermann Veronika: Fénykényszer, Balkon, 2007/7-8
Wolfgang von Kempelen. Mensch [ in der ] Maschine, Catalogue, ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe – Matthes & Seitz Berlin, 2007
Szegedy-Maszák – Fernezelyi: Collaborative Works 1997-2007, Catalogue, az Ernst Múzeum Dorottya Galériája, 2007, ISBN 978-963-7032-37-0
ARTINACT, Catalogue, Museum of Paks, Paks, 2007
DÉKEI Kriszta: Szegedy-Maszák Zoltán, Artmagazin 2007/5
ENTZ Sarolta Réka: 01101011 11101001 01110000, Új Művészet 2007/6
Blickmaschinen oder wie Bilder entstehen, Catalogue, Cat, Dumont Verlag, 2008, ISBN 978 3 8321 9186 3
Szegedy-Maszák Zoltán, bilingual book and DVD, edited by Zoltán Prosek, Museum of Paks, 2009, ISBN 978 963 87881 1 5
Hermann Veronika: A szavak és a dolgok – Szegedy-Maszák Zoltán: Magányos és társas művek,, Balkon 2009/2
Pillanatgépek, catalogue, C3 Center for Culture and Communication – Műcsarnok Kunsthalle Budapest, 2009, ISBN 978 964 9506 35 0
Máquinas de mirar. O cómo se origan las imágenes, Catalogue, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, 2009, ISBN 978-84-8266-859-8.
Concrete Photo, Photogram, Catalogue, Vasarely Museum, Budapest, 2010
Grafitri XXV., katalógus, Miskolci galéria könyvek 44, 2011
Gateways - Art and Networked Culture, Catalogue, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2011, ISBN 978-3-7757-2796-9
Hermann Veronika: A jelrendszerek magányossága (The Loneliness of Symbologies), Balkon 2012/11-12, pp. 30-32., http://issuu.com/elnfree/docs/balkon_2012_11_12/3?e=1035308/2413646
Sole and Joint Works 2.0, Catalogue, MAGMA Contemporary Medium, 2013, http://issuu.com/maybe/docs/szmz_fm_katalogus
Bakk-Dávid Tímea: Magányos és társas művek - A nyelv nem megbízható eszköz. A képről már ne is beszéljünk (Sole and Joint Works - Language is not a Reliable Instrument. We should not talk about the Picture.), Transindex, 2013 május 24., http://multikult.transindex.ro/?cikk=20380
Seres Szilvia: „Sejtések felé az ember folyamatosan tanulva indul el." - beszélgetés Szegedy-Maszák Zoltánnal (Interwiev with Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák), Artmagazin, 2014 március http://artmagazin.hu/artmagazin_hirek/sejtesek_fele_az_ember_folyamatosan_tanulva_indul_el..2278.html?pageid=81
Mélyi József: Képi tennivalók (To Do Lists in Images), Műértő, 2015 február
Hermann Veronika: Hétköznapok és csodák (Weekdays and Miracles), Balkon  2015/3
Időalap - Timebase, catalogue http://www.c3.hu/idoalap/downloads/idoalap_timebase.pdf 
Hermann Veronika: A legkedvesebb idegenek, Balkon  2016/6
DLADLA100, catalogue, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, 2017
Fugue, catalog, OSAS - Vasarely Museum, 2018
Varga Tünde: Szoftver tekintetében: az irányított véletlen szépsége, Tempevölgy 2018/3 pp. 102-120
GameOmetry, catalog, OSAS - Vasarely Museum, 2019
Dia-Logos, catalog, ZKM Kralsruhe - CCCB Barcelona - Artlab Lausanne, 2019
Thinking Machines - Ramon Lull and the ars combinatoria, EPFL Artlab, Lausanne
Bauhaus 100, catalog, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, 2019
Code and Algorithm, OSAS - catalog, Vasarely Museum, 2019
Beáta Istvánkó: Machines should work! (Dolgozzanak a gépek!), Új Művészet, 2020 September
Végre tanulhatunk valamit, catalog and leaflet by Kisterem Gallery