BUDAPEST MM CONFERENCE
The Budapest Autumn Festival, the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian Fine Arts Academy and the
Media Research Foundation proudly announce that MetaForum 94' will take place on October 7, 8, & 9, in the
Academy of Fine Arts, as a part of Budapest's annual Autumn Festival of the Arts. MetaForum 94' multimedia
conference will cover a broad range of topics including: CD-I, CD-ROM, hypertext, communication networks,
and interactive games, and is designed to stimulate and develop interest in multimedia activities within
Hungary and Eastern Europe. Ideally, the conference will provide a focal point, where the future of art, culture
and technology is examined, questioned and developed.
The diverse selection of invited guests includes; Heath Bunting of the cybercafe in London; Masuyama, a
Japanese interactive games expert; András Nyírõ, programmer of the first Hungarian CD-ROM; and Salvatore
Vanasco, of Ponton European Media Lab; as well as artists, writers and media experts. The conference will
comprise a CD library and Cybergallery, an international, collaborative, computer generated art workshop. The
target audience consists of those currently working within the media, cultural institutions, students, artists and
The conference is funded through the Autumn Festival, the Intermedia Department, the Media Research
Foundation and the generous support of the British Council, the Goethe Institute, and the Japan Foundation.
For Information, questions, or comments, Please contact conference organizers: Geert Lovink,
Diana McCarty, János Sugár
INTERMEDIA DEPARTMENT OF THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
ANDRÁSSY Úl;T 69-71 H-1062 BUDAPEST / HUNGARY
Fax: 36.1.14 21 563 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
10:00 CD LIBRARY György Kabdebó of the Budapest Training and Technology Center will
introduce the CD LIBRARY. The on-site library will be open to conference attendants during all
conference hours. (The library is the result of a cooperative effort between the MRF, the Intermedia Department,
and the BTTC.)
10:25 Peter Krafka CDI AS A MEDIUM
Phillips GB New Media
11:00 Jozsef Kiraly THE TOOLS OF DEVELOPING CDI
Utrecht University, Software specialist
11:25 Prof. J.P. Schade, MD, PhD, D.Sc.hc
Utrecht University Education Media Institute(OMI)
12:00 On-Site CD Production Workshop
Györe Szûcs Sándor CD Multimedia Software House
12:30 Balâzs Szekfû DIGITAL ISLAND BBS
Introduction to the Student Island Bulletin Board, which will be available during the conference.
1:00 LUNCH BREAK
2:00 CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION with János Sugár, Geert Lovink and Diana McCarty
2:20 András Nyírô INTERACTIVE MEDIA
András Nyírô, a Political Scientist, editor of the interactive journal ABCD and programmer of the first Hungarian
CD, will discuss interactive technology, including his own personal experiences and the practical aspects of CD
2:45 George Legrady AN ANECDOTED ARCHIVE FROM THE COLD WAR
George Legrady is a professor of art in Information Arts/Conceptual Design at San Francisco University where
he teaches in a program that integrates computer technology with conceptual and cultural criticism. His work
has been exhibited in North America and Europe. He will be a guest professor in the Intermedia Department of
the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts .
3:45 SMOKE SIGNALS IN CYBERSPACE Workshop
Heath Bunting is the founder of the Cybercafe project in London. He is an artist and
a network programmer. He currently teaches computer networking and interactive arts courses in Great Britain
as well as working as a consultant for several interactive/ online business'. His past projects include founding
experimental art and radio programs, stained glass design and glass blowing. He has also worked as a
researcher for CH4 on computer pornography.
4:30 VPRO Television Netherlands VIRTUAL DRIVER'S LICENCE
World Wide Webb Demonstration
Mieke Gerritzen, Charles Wessel and Walter Van der Crujsen will introduce the VPRO WWW server. VPRO is a
progressive television station that develops TV and radio programs about new media. I t is also involved in the
production of CD-ROMs. Mieke Gerritz is a CD and Graphic designer. Walter Van der Cruijen is an artist and
computer programmer. Charles Wessel is a network programmer and creator of the VPRO WWW server.
Gábor Kelemen, sociologist and curator of the INTERACTIVE ART WORKSHOP,
will introduce the gallery works to be presented during the conference.
5:45 Reception for all guests and official opening of the CyberGallery.
7:00 INFORMAL DISCUSSION period and continued access to
the CD library, CyberGallery, Digital Island BBS terminal, WWW server and Smoke Signals Workshop.
9:00 The library and grounds close. Conference will reconvene the following morning.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 8
10:15 Apple János Csábi INTERACTIVE APPLE
12:30 LUNCH BREAK
1:30 SMOKE SIGNALS IN CYBERSPACE
Heath Bunting will discuss the Cybercafe project in London and the issues of
cyberculture and the importance of open access to interactive media. Cybercafe aims to promote/create
spaces/situations in which people can create/behave/express/experience in ways unavailable in current existing
2:15 POST MODERN LIBRARIAN VS. USER AUTHORSHIP
Willem Velthoven will introduce the topic of authorship in the digital era. He will
discuss the issues surrounding hypertext, including the difference between giving users all the choices and
users choosing what happens on the basis of what the user/author is doing. Willem Velthoven is a CD publisher
and editor of Mediamatic Magazine
3:00 Masuyama WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM VIDEO GAMES?
Masuyama will discuss the nature of video games, including the history of the games and the importance of
video games as the first commercially successful multimedia. Masuyama is the chief organizer of the Video
Game Museum, a freelance researcher specializing in new media environment, a lecturer at the Kyoritsu
women's University in Tokyo, a writer and an artist. He is currently shifting from media production into
academia and the analysis of the digital culture.
3:45 Salvatore Vanasco CALLING EUROPE
Van Gogh TV and The European Media Art LabSalvatore Vanasco will present the
recent projects of Van Gogh TV which includes Piazza Virtuale Interactive Television, the largest exposition of
modern art, Documenta IX was the first live interactive television program based completely upon the activities
of the viewers with direct involvement from their homes via telephones.. Recent Van Gogh/Ponton projects
include several international interactive television show, Hotel Pompino.
Ponton was founded in 1986 as a mobile structure within a network. The Ponton European Media Art Lab was
established in 1989 as a stable laboratory. The Media Lab acts as planning, production and research center.
Artists, scientists and technicians work on future possibilities and innovations in media technology, stressing
human and electronic interaction.
5:00 COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL ERA,
Round table discussionchairperson: Geert Lovink
9:00 Grounds close- conference will reconvene in the morning.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 9
1:00 THE BRAIN AS A COMPUTER?
Szilveszter E. Vizi, brain researcher
1:45 CANADIAN CROSSROADS
Nina Czegledy will present contemporary Canadian multimedia directions &
developments, such as interactive and virtual reality programs by educatinal institutions and corporations. Nina
Czegledy is a Hungarian/Canadian video artist, writer and curator. Currently she lives in Budapest and Toronto
and is a member of the Charles Street Video cooperative in Toronto.
3:00 Sándor Györe Szûcs THE PHILOSOPHY OF A CD DEVELOPER
ORFK OKK Informatikai Osztály / CD Multimédia
3: 45 SHE LOVES IT, SHE LOVES IT NOT
Women & Technology - The work of Christine Tamblyn
George Legrady will present the work of Christine Tamblyn, a whose a conceptual artist, cultural critic, and
professor of art at Florida International University in Miami. Her CD-ROM has been exhibited internationally.
4:45 INTERACTIVE FUTURES Final workshop activity and discussion
5:45 Miklós Peternák and János Sugár will discuss the theoretical implications of
6:30 OPEN FORUM: Conference attendants and participants will have the
opportunity to raise questions, introduce ideas and discuss different aspects of multimedia.
9:00 Closing Remarks