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Adam (Szabolcs) Somlai-Fischer (1976 Budapest) an architect and interaction designer, is interested in the cultural qualities of new technologies, and to explore these he creates installations and experiments that blend spaces, technologies and interactivity. A team worker, Adam collaborates with designers, artists and engineers, where motivations are shared to create projects from conglomerates of thinking cultures.

Examples include Reorient - a space made of thousands of electronic toys, Ping Genius Loci - a field of outdoor analogue pixels, Brainmirror - a mixed reality experience presenting MRI through a mirror, Low Tech Sensors and Actuators workshop and handbook, and Induction house - a set of experiments for spatial projections. These projects were shown at the Venice Biennale of Architecture2004, 2006, ISEA 2004 Helsinki and 2006 San Jose, Ars Electronica 2006, Kiasma Museum Helsinki, Ludwig Museum Budapest.

Graduated from the Architecture + Urban Research Laboratory, KTH, Stockholm, Adam has been teaching at the Architecture and Media technology departments at KTH, working as a guest researcher at the Smart Studio, Interactive Institute in Stockholm. Today besides being a guest researcher at the MOKK Media Research and holding workshops in design schools such as Domus Academy, Milan and Goldsmith College, London, he is directing aether architecture, an office for mediated environments.

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01/03- Director, Aether Architecture Ltd, Budapest
04/06- Program Director, Kitchen Budapest medialab, Budapest
09/05- Guest researcher at the Media Research Centre at the Department of Sociology and Communications, BUTE, Budapest
09/04-03/06 House of Future, Interaction and concept design for a science museum complex in Budapest
08/03- Regularly commissioned media designer for the Swedish Research Council
05/02-06/04 Guest researcher at the SMART Studio, Interactive Institute, Stockholm
03/01-06/04 Digital Media course director, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm
01/02-06/04 Teaching Assistant at the Architecture and Urban Research Laboratory, KTH Stockholm
08/01-10/01 Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue Associated Architects, Barcelona

2002 MSc and Diploma in Architecture at the Architecture and Urban research Laboratory, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm
00-02 KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm
97-00 Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Budapest

EXHIBITIONS (selected)

(upcoming)6/08 Wifi Camera, China Media Art Biennale, Beijing
11/07 Reorient, Paris, France
4/07 Reconfigurable House, ICC, Tokyo
4/07 Aleph, Belsay Hall, UK
9/06 Wifi Camera Obscura, Folly, Lancaster, UK
9/06 Reorient, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italy
8/06 Wifi Camera Obscura, Waves at Arsenal, Riga, Latvia
8/06 Ping Genius Loci, ISEA2006, San Jose, USA
6/06 Brainmirror, Ludwig museum, Budapest, Hungary
5/06 Distributed Projection Structure, Mixedmedia festival, Milan, Italy
4/06 Ping Genius Loci, Mal au Pixel, Paris, France
12/05 Ping Genius Loci, House of Future, Millenaris Park, Budapest, Hungary
11/05 Brainmirror, Design year, Culture centre, Stockholm, Sweden
10/05 Brainmirror, Matchmaking festival, Trondheim, Norway
04/05 Budapest Heat, Artstars, Luxembourg
9/04 Inductionhouse, Venice Biennale of Architecture
8/04 Inductionhouse, ISEA2004, Helsinki
9/03 Inductionhouse, Kunsthalle Budapest
10/03 Memory Scan at Magasin, with Kerstin Nigsch – TU Vienna, Vienna, Austria
10/02 Remote Home Prototype at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, USA
11/02 Interspace at Kulturhuset, A+Url, KTH, Stockholm
6/02 5 Tones at Learning Lab, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

12/05 3rd price, I Love Budapest architectural competition, Budapest
03/05 National Cultural Fund (NKA) production grant, for Ping Genius Loci, Hungary
01/05 ITEM grant, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, UK
03/05 selected to represent Hungary in the 'Arts Stars' EU show in Luxembourg
09/04 First prize, NODEM, Avesta Verket, work within the Smart Studio, Stockholm
05/04 Kinetic Shadows shortlisted for public art for 2004 Athens Olympic games

3/07 Toy hacking workshop, Domus Academy, Milan
2/07 Toy hacking workshop, Bartlett School of Architecture, London
5/06 Interaction design workshop, Domus Academy, Milan, Italy
4/06 Mal au Pixel, exhibition and seminar, Paris
3/06 Game Set Match conference, Delft, The Netherlands
2/06 Goldsmith College, department of design, London
11/05 Dorkbot Budapest
10/05 Matchmaking festival, Trondheim, Norway
10/05 Crystalpunk workshop for soft architecture, Utrecht, The Netherlands
10/05 Maker's Fair, O'Reilly European Open Source Convention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5/05 Westminster University, School of Architecture, London
1/05 NTNU School of Architecture, Trondheim, Norway
11/04 VIPER Basel, international festival for film video and new media
8/04 Induction House at ISEA2004 conference, Helsinki
11/04 Workshop leader for basic interaction design through consumer electronics hacking
Konstfack, University College for arts and design, Stockholm
10/04 SMART seminar – Millenaris center Budapest, Hungary
6/04 DIY Media Architecture Workshop at outside in conference Gothenburg, Sweden
3/04 Invited critique at Unit 14 for interactive architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, London

PUBLICITY (selected)

8 / 06 Interview in We Make Money Not Art english / chinese
9/06, Abszolut (personal portrait), MTV1 (wmv video, hungarian)

12/05, RTL klub, TV2, about Avenue of Cars
5/05 SVT, Swedish National TV, about Brainmirror
6/05, 8/05, 10/05 MTV, Hungarian National TV

Printed Press
12/05, 4/03, 3/03 Octogon Architecture & Design, Hungary
2/05 Architectural Design, UK, 4DSpace, Induction House
4/05 Indian Architect and Builder, India, Induction House
4/05 INDE magazine, Spain, Induction House
4/04 Open Source Architecture article in Nifca Magazine, Helsinki, Finland
8/04 Inductionhouse in ISEA2004 catalogue, Helsinki, Finland
12/04 Dagens Nyheter – Kultur, Sweden about Inductionhouse
11/03 In the meantime, Anthology on Hungarian Architecutre, Hungary
10/03 Élet és Irodalom about Inductionhouse
5/02 Arkitekten 2002/5, Sweden about Screen Threshold installation

Blogs and Online Press (selected)
Information aesthetics,, Építészfórum, Homegarden, Designboom, Milan,,,, coin-operated,