2008/01/26 - 16:00


Kibu.Projects.Social is an event where all active Kitchen Budapest projects are presented at our lab and we invite professionals, researchers, artists, scientists to come and comment on the works.

Besides the presentation of the projects we'll have a check-on-lounge where sofas and laptops are provided for people to check related works, links, references on the net.

We also will have a topic related discussion with the invited guests (who would briefly show what they do as well) and close the day with performances.


This event is invitation only. If you are interested and would like to chat about these projects drop us a line.


At Kitchen Budapest, Ráday u 30. If interested our guests are recommended to check this subcultural guide to the contemporary Budapest (large pdf loads slow...)


  • 4:00 - 4:30 welcome drink (hot chocolate)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 project walk (4 minute presentations of each shown thing)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 thematic mingling and home baked cookies served
  • 5:45 - 6:00 autocut beat boxing
  • 6:00 - 7:00 discussion and pecha-kucha fork
  • 7:30 - 8:00 'no copy paste' live coding performance making visuals and music
  • 8:00 - 8:20 Urban Echo performane

Travel Adaptor Discussion*

A round table discussion, which starts off with our guests presenting their background in a quick pecha-kucha (10-20 slides, 20 seconds each, about six minutes per person), and goes on to discussing the possible products of media lab environments, multidisciplinary teamwork within art and technology projects. The spectrum is quite diverse: from drafted ideas to patents, from poetic experiences to scientific papers, from design and art installations to software systems. Possibly the only clear statement to say would be that it all relates to culture AND technology in some propositional ways.

But how does one tell qualities in such a mixed landscape? How does one compare and evaluate? Is publicity a good benchmark, or is it more a tool for motivating researchers? Or are the people the real outcome, researchers who learn and become expert to think across boundaries? Is the intensive making (as opposed to planning) something beyond a work methodology, does it help us in thinking as well?

The discussion will try to map out some of the valuable qualities of media lab spaces, trying to look beyond the trivial answers, and look for alternatives and hidden values, in a hope that interesting directions should shape the way Kibu is developing.


moderated by Adam Somlai-Fischer

(* We hope that our guest plug into our world and help us shape it in many interesting ways)

The Projects


Animata is a real-time animation software for live performance, with the aid of which we can easily create scenes with virtual puppets. This software is designed to create an interactive background for theatre, music and dance performances, and it can also be used for the visual design of promotional screenings. The software can be run on multiple operating systems, like Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and Windows. It can be easily connected to other applications (Max/MSP, Processing, VVVV, etc.) receiving live input from various physical sensors, microphones and cameras.



mobile application

The AniMobil is an animation software which uses the camera of mobile phones to make stop-motion animation. The user takes pictures frame by frame with small differences between the them. The last recorded image can be seen slightly on the screen to help the composition. The result can be saved as an animated gif and uploaded as an avatar or as a simple video and than uploaded to any youtube-like sites. AniMobil is very simple and handy, made especially for amateurs. After some experience more difficult things can be made as well.



Sound-based video recontextualizer

There are many short videos shot by mobile devices. They usually stay on the hard disk, or be uploaded to a video-sharing portal without any editing. On one hand, this program selects and edits the videos according to acertain music.On the other hand, autoCut can handle the videos in real time, basedon the rythm of live audio input. AutoCut could be a great tool forpresentations, performances and improvisational events.


arbour light

modular web-connected lighting system

Arbour Light, an intelligent lighting system can reproduce the visual atmosphere of natural phenomena. It recreates the ambient atmosphere rather than a photographic image, hence it extends communication into non intrusive modalities. We are currently working on the Arbour Light website, what we imagine like a sort of web-community. Among others the site will give opportunity to reach an ambient database. It is based on the videos of Arbour Light owners and “phenomena-collectors”. It is also of importance that the pixel are very low cost and prepared for a DIY distribution; folded paper, flatcable, etc.



ByCall is a portable radio alarm system for urban bikers who want to warn car drivers about their presence nearby to avoid accidents. It is basicly an FM-transmitter fitted on the bike, which emits a constant audio warning in a 5-10 m range on all radio frequencies, so that when the biker gets near a car, the driver will hear the warning on his own car radio if it's turned on (which usually is). The beta version of ByCall will be made for the three most popular radio frequencies, but the final goal is to make a device which works on all available frequencies.

eco gym

Either we use or create energy. But we hardly ever prevent our “hand-made” energy from getting wasted. Why not make use of the energy of our own activity? We make electrical devices produce energy for our comfort, while on the other hand we try to get rid of the energy stored in our body. Why not charge those devices with human energy? The possibility of being the provider and consumer of the “same” energy is a tempting and challenging idea. There are plenty of experiments and marvelous solutions in practice with the same concept, in the world. In “Eco Gym” we address a totally new application to energy circulation: a complex energy system set up in a gym where energy wasting does not exist. The harder the better - is our slogan.”

live coding

Live coding performance No Copy Paste

No Copy Paste generates music and visuals in real-time, utilizing live coding, which emphasises the expressive possibilities afforded by programming languages as a means for defining and manipulating computational processes. The aesthetics of the performance is determined by the programming method, in which all musical and visual materials building from elements found on the spot.


program manipulated plant cultivation

Plants and flowers that spawn seem to make continuous patterns with their various colours and shades seen from a distance. With the use of programmed robotics for the planting and cutting of plants, we can manipulate the evolving patterns, to render photo-like, delicate images. We have modified a lawnmower so that it is able to cut a pattern into the grass. While pushing the lawnmower, the programmed robotic device switches on and off small blades. The final image is made up from the cut and uncut grass surfaces.


Mllamp project is an experiment for simulating emotions with putting minimal intelligence into everyday things. If it has some anropomorph character, the viewer can easily go into with recognizing human gestures. Now, you can teach the lamp. Catch the head of it, move it as you want, and the lamp will replay the movements.


mobile hero

mobile game

J2ME based version of the game Guitar Hero. A music based mobile game, where you have to push buttons so they match to the music. If you do well, the music sounds good, if not...

mobile who is who

Social networking websites became extremely popular in the past few years. They help us to connect with old friends, find new ones with similar interest, and follow what’s happening with them. On the other hand, we barely notice people around us, we don’t even know what’s up with our neighbors. In this project, we intend to create a connection between popular social websites and our everyday social life.


MOMO is a project for environmental consciousness.We would like to change people mentality, but in a different way. We create special interactive objects which are able to motivate people to moving (much more) at their home.Our creatures will be playful and spectacular.


Our multi touch wall is a 2 by 1 meters touch sensitive surface, where one can interact with the projected media with one's fingers, hands, as well as more people at a time. We programmed a set of simple applications, where one can paint with hands, navigate a mind-map collaboratively, for example. We built this interface so we can learn and develop interesting and new kinds of contents for such interfaces, which are becoming more and more popular nowadays.


rotary cellphone

Rotary cellphone is conventional inside, but retro designed outside. You can connect your mobile device to this phone via bluetooth. Then dial the number and call anybody you want, with your own cellphone.




urban echo

by Christopher Baker with J. Anthony Allen and Laura Baker

Urban Echo is an ongoing series of interactive sound and video installations. The project has appeared in many forms ranging from intimate outdoor video sculptures to large interactive public façades. Urban Echo aims to collect and creatively represent the thoughts and imaginings of city-dwellers. These thoughts are represented as a sea of text that floats into the sky and falls back to the earth, playfully interacting with the architectural features as they flow unpredictably on the surface of the building. In contrast to commercial jumbotron-style urban screens, these architecturally-integrated projections encourage greater sensitivity to existing meanings, associations and histories present in the buildings and places themselves.

Participants may send their thoughts via SMS and voicemail.



ZUI is a flash application that allows the easy creation of engaging presentations, mapping and sharing ideas, all within a very intuitive desk like augmented space.