Tamás Szakál, media artist

(*1973, Budapest) is media artist. His work explores acoustic connections between physical and dataspaces and map the boundaries between digital networks and the analogue world.

In the last few years he has been artist in residence at Mars Exploratory Media Lab / Fraunhofer Instutute for Media Communication / St. Augustin and C3, Center for Culture and Communication / Budapest. He graduated at the Media Art Department of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig / Germany

His works have been presented at various exhibitions, festivals and conferences, such as: Venice Biennale of Architecture / Italy; ISEA2004, International Symposium on Electronic Arts / Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallin; 3rd Seoul Indievideo Festival / Seoul, Korea 2003; Art + Communication / Media Architecture Festival / Riga, Latvia; Stuttgarter Filmwinter - Festival for Expanded Media / Stuttgart, Germany; Mecad New Media Centre / Barcelona, Spain; Germany; Garage Festival / Stralsund, Germany; Net.congestion Festival / Amsterdam, Netherlands. For his installation "Dialtone" he recieved the 2001 Digital Sparks Award, 1st prize at Fraunhofer Institute / St. Augustin, Germany

Szakal Bros.

Balázs Bodó, researcher

(*1975, Győr) Currently Fulbright visiting researcher and non-residential fellow at Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society and Associate Lecturer at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics Dept. of Sociology and Communications, Centre for Media Research and Education where he helds courses in Sociology and Economy of New Media, Transfer of Knowledge using the Digital Media, Arts and Communications, Public art, street art, subversive uses of urban public spaces.
His current research is about the impact of file-sharing on vernacular cultures.


Viktor Szathmáry, software samurai

(*1979, Budapest) sofware developer and architect with broad experience in online applications and enterprise integration. Co-founder of software development startup EU Edge. He views computing as a meta-language to connect people and enable the emergence of new thoughts. In his spare time he tinkers with electronic music.

Notable projects include: e-commerce system for startup FreshDirect, an online fresh food production service in New York (2001-2005); Concorde Direct, the first Hungarian online stock trading system (1999-2001); Chatsubo, a scalable chat server platform (1998-2001); chat.hu, the largest chat community in Hungary with one million registered accounts (1999-2001).


Levente Polyák

* 1979, lives in Budapest, freelance researcher and author. Studied architecture, art theory and sociology in Budapest and Paris. Participant in diverse urban research programmes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and member of international urban information networks. Organiser of workshops, conferences and exhibitions on contemporary urban phenomena. Member of the editorial team of 2010 Budapest European Capital of Culture, and of several architectural associations. Contributions for diverse periodicals and magazines, articles on architecture, urbanism, art and cinema.

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