Making

For the convergence of new media and actual spaces, we do interactive architecture systems and dynamic graphical interfaces, projects where spatial design and technology meet to create cultural experiences. Presented at art, technology and design exhibitions.

2011

Prezi.com - making the world talk 2.5D

since 2010 I focus full time on Prezi.com where I am founder and head of design. We change the way people think and communicate, using tangible thinking, architectural metaphors. We are creating a tool which is as simple yet as versatile as a pencil. Its a truly thrilling, amazing, mesmerizing experience. We have 2.5 million users as of 2011 Feb. If you feel like you want to join this quest, come this way: Prezi.com/jobs/ and if you haven’t tried prezi yet, please please click here.

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2009

Panoramic Wifi Camera (NTT ICC Tokyo 2009, Transmediale 2010)

Panoramic Wifi Camera creates a live panoramic image of a space seen through Wifi radio and other 2.4 GHz radio signals – how they bounce back form the architecture, composing an image, just as light would do. At NTT/ICC Tokyo.

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2008

Sorry for taking your mirrors - Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated exhibition

Exhibition about our work, methodologies, collaborations, and some actual experiments.

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Scattered House - London Festival of Architecture

Scattered House is an architectural experiment founded on a truly contemporary notion of space, where issues of ubiquitous connectivity, family diasporas, design-by-occupant, and public control technology come together in an installation assembled from inexpensive electronic toys and gadgets.

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Wifi Camera in Beijing and Dortmund

Wifi Camera reveals the electromagnetic space of our devices and the shadows that we create within such spaces, in particular our wifi networks which are increasingly found in coffee shops, offices and homes throughout cities of the developed world. We will take real time “photos” of wifi space

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Reconfigurable House 2.0 @ Z33

The Reconfigurable House is an environment constructed from thousands of low tech components that can be “rewired” by visitors. The project is a critique of ubiquitous computing “smart homes”, which are based on the idea that technology should be invisible to prevent DIY.

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2007

Reorient: The Grand Baldachin

Sound Cell Mussels magnetizing the main gate, Penguin Walkie Talkies singing modulated radio noise, kinetic skeletons of stuffed animals in a forest of LED tentacles, all at the Hungarian Institute in Paris

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Aleph Reorganizing Vision

Aleph Reflection Remapping at Belsay Hall, UK, with Bengt Sjölén. Open until Sept 07. Aleph is an experimental public display, that is using the spaces, people and objects it faces as a palette to display messages from hidden viewpoints.

with Bengt Sjölén

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Reconfigurable House 1.0 @ NTT/ICC

The Reconfigurable House is an environment constructed from thousands of low tech components that can be “rewired” by visitors. The project is a critique of ubiquitous computing “smart homes”, which are based on the idea that technology should be invisible to prevent DIY.

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Kitchen Budapest Setup

Kitchen Budapest, opening in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams.

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Wifi Camera

Wifi Camera reveals the electromagnetic space of our devices and the shadows that we create within such spaces, in particular our wifi networks which are increasingly found in coffee shops, offices and homes throughout cities of the developed world. We will take real time “photos” of wifi space.

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BlueSpot

All mobile phone users have the opportunity to reach a friend almost anywhere and anytime. However, apart from the traditional use of our phones, we have other opportunities as well to communicate with our environment. BlueSpot provides a new form of communal communication for us.

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2006

Reorient

Our project, “re:orient – migrating architectures” explores the local aspects of China’s global significance and increasing influence. The project seeks to forecast possibilities which are now detectable only in connection with retail, but which will, in all likelihood, determine the built environment, which transforms under the pressure of ever-cheaper products. The project follows up these ideas with the presentation of spaces, architectural devices and materials that create new contents, and indicate ways of turning these constraints of the market to our benefit, show how to infuse the mass products, which are designed to have a short life-span, with lasting cultural values.

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Mobile expressions

Prototpyes for expressive interfaces for public use of mobile phones. As these phones function as part of our personal expressions today, why not develop an interaction language which can be spectacular as well?

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Ping Genius Loci

PGL is built up from 300 radio networked, solar powered, self sustainable intelligent analogue pixels, that are placed on a 20 by 20 meters grid. These pixels function in the bright sunshine, and are interfacing the people walking in the grid.

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NDA - Social Search

Our system made searching in the NDA archives a social-experience by visualizing other visitors’ search and browsing activity, and developing this ‘cloud’ of cultural content alongside the active visitors choices and interest.

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2005

Lowtech Sensors and Actuators

This report describes the results of a collaborative research project to develop a suite of low-tech sensors and actuators that might be useful for artists and architects working with interactive environments. With this project we hoped to consolidate a number of different approaches we had found ourselves taking in our own work and develop both a “kit-of-parts” and a more conceptual framework for producing such works.

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Budapest Heat

While roaming in Europe, Budapest Heat regularly receives SMS messages to stay updated on the current temperature in Budapest, than tries to apply this temperature to its local environment.

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BrainMirror

BrainMirror is an interactive experience where the image of the visitors brain appears mixed with his/her mirror image, using natural head movement as an interface to explore volumetric visuals of the human brain.

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2004

Induction House - at the Biennale

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Induction House - Fishing Kit

A 300X300X600 cm self-tensioned structure made out of fishing rods, plastic strings, led weights, lambing gums and metal rings. As projection surface we used double-folded cash register paper rolls that where hanging in the necessary parabolic shapes for the exact projection.

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Induction House - Distributed Projection Structure

Distributed Projection Structure is an architecture prototype where physical matter is animated by algorithmic light. Testing the limits of architectural constructions reaching the precision and resolution of media as well as how much media can become actual, and directly interact with our bodies.

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2003

Open Source Architecture Performance

Qualities of virtual spaces are building up social conditions that architecture should respond to, the actual gets blurred with the virtual, local with the global, and our perception of space and architecture is going through major transformations. Therefore it is important to develop a more refined relation between the two realities, something beyond the visually pleasing representational VR, something that also affects back to our world.

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Fractal Bubble Taxonomies

A zooming user interface based navigation system which arranges an large knowledge about genetic research base into a playful and comprehendable structure and experience.

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Induction House - Fishtank

An architecture prototype looking into ways of treating digital media as physical matter: the surface of a computer projection is unfolded onto a translucent structure, becoming a spatial experience for the visitors. Layers of digital information, behavior and ambience are sharing projection territories, and creating a vision for a non-screen based computer environment.

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Responsive Octopus Navigation

A virtual structure designed through physical modelling, by informing the virtual with qualities of a physical model. The structure is responsive, it is aware of the visitors presence and redefines its geometry dependent on the visitors position. This structure functions as a navigation system for the website Allende Arquitectos in Madrid.

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2002

Mediated Spaces - MSc Architecture

The social habits for an architecture as media are already existing with the use of mobile phones, Internet, and so on. This condition makes these issues relevant for architects, looking into how material qualities can be extended through media and how this can mediate local spaces to distant spaces.

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Remote Home Prototype

The RemoteHome will be one place of living in two distant cities: London and Berlin. Communication and media technologies are creating new scenarios of sharing situations of friendship and intimacy over distance. The rise of the mobile phone or instant messaging is indicating these new cultures.

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Dance Backpack

Biofeedback instrument mediating music to dance. A backpack, that turns the dance of the person wearing it into music. We have tested and documented on 20 people from the streets of Vienna and Budapest. Something that today is more and more defined by editors at remote locations, is generated by the physical movement of your own body.

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2001

Mobius Space for Miralles-Tagliabue

A text composed by displacement. The history of a travel. Discover the dynamics of the spiral, moving around of an interior landscape, always getting further from the centre and returning to the principles. Advance in the infinite Mobius space, repeating the same course, continuously passing through the appearing and disappearing sequence of drawings and texts.

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Sharing

From hands on workshops to lectures focusing on open hardware and interaction design, some texts, and unrealized concepts below

Exhibitions

Recent
9/2008 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italian Pavilion, “Experimental Architecture”

Archives

Lectures & Workshops

Scattered House, London Festival of Architecture, Hungarian Cultural Centre, July 4-6 2008

Lecture at the Royal College of Art, London May 16 2008

Lecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Nov 14 18:30 details

Archive and inquiries

Software

Some source code for processing sketches and flash applications. Intended for designers to hack around with, these are not proper codes by any means. coming soon…

Texts

About Aether Architecture’s methodology for aminima magazine 2007

Wifi Camera Obscura with Usman Haque and Bengt Sjölén for aminima magazine 2006

The fragments of architecture and the peace of instability
Essay for Reorient.hu read it online

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About

Aether Architecture (est 2001) is an entity where Adam Somlai-Fischer (read full bio) creates projects in collaboration with others (aka peer production). Aether Architecture Ltd is a company as well helping the above processes

Some words about Aether's history, and the old aether.hu site is available here

Prezi.com


Adam is the cofounder of Prezi.com – the zooming presentation editor.

Kitchen Budapest

Adam was a founding member and program director of Kitchen Budapest innovation lab, where models of peer production are explored.
www.kitchenbudapest.hu

Collaborations

Key Network: Peter Arvai, Peter Halacsy, Bengt Sjölén, Usman Haque, Tamas Szakal, Massimo Banzi, Peter Hudini, Andras Kangyal, Attila Nemes, Anita Pozna and many more…

Interviews / press

We Make Money Not Art
Eng & Chinese
HVG / Műértő [Hungarian]
Digimag
Mancs [Hungarian]
Abszolut [Hungarian TV]
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Methodology

This model is referred to in social science as Peer production, where individuals form horizontal networks per project basis. Today we consciously choose to work this way…
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Concepts

Archive of ideas not realized yet, concept sketches, projects seeking funding. If you find any of this interesting for your future venue/project/etc, please contact us

A world inside-out / 2006

Sorry, Hungarian only. project submission for atlantis competition in Budapest, 2006

Heat wells / 2006

Concept for public wells that heat and cool pools of water to match the temperature of remote seas and lakes.
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Heart of Budapest / 2006

Global Splits is able to reveal the surface of the loci, so that another country’s visual interface can flow and penetrate into the viewer‘s urban landscape.

House of Future / 2005

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Avenue of Cars / 2005

Proposal to create a giant conveyor belt to replace the highly overloaded motorways alongside the Danube in Budapest. A traffic jam is a pseudo-social space, people are close to each other and are forced to spend time together.

Kinetic Shadows / 2004

Kinetic Shadows is a highly engaging urban installation, designed to reflect the vitality and energy of Athens city life during the Olympics. Distributed along the street as benches for public rest, sculptural elements rise to occupy and perform in the sky overhead.

BaseBubbles / 2004

Concept for mobile phone users mapping the city by logging adjacent cell IDs, and building public services on top

Dymaxion Map / 2001

Flash implementation of Buckminster Fullers concept


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