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09 JANUARY 2013

Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society

Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 24–26 June 2013

"The purpose of the annual Arts Conference is to create an intellectual platform for the arts and arts practices, and to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world–on stage, in studios and theaters, in classrooms, in museums and galleries, on the streets and in communities.

Its scope is deliberately broad and ambitious. Our times demand nothing less than cross–disciplinary and holistic approaches. The breadth of the Conference and its accompanying Journal, however, are without prejudice to finely grained discussion of the specific, the local and the grounded practices.

The Conference provides a venue and a framework for the arts and art practices that are situated within the context of international art expositions, festivals and biennials engaged with the international production of art and its global distribution networks. This Conference aims to discover what values, instincts and common ground may exist within the arts and their practices and sites of reception around the world. Your participation shapes the Conference itself.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types). Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person. Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered.For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus."

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Simon Perkins
29 SEPTEMBER 2012

Tunnel Vision: Metro Zoetrope

"I first noticed subway tunnel wall animations in Boston, where the long gaps between stations on the MBTA Red Line provides a captive audience. The animation, composed of dozens of stills that simulated movement as the train zoomed by, was an ad. The message: visit Vermont and its great outdoors, which certainly must have resonated with more than a few claustrophobes riding the crowded rush hour rails.

Animated ads in subway tunnels are expensive, both to design and install, which helps explain why the Vermont ad's successor, a campaign for a movie 'coming to theatres' last February, was only removed recently – with no ready replacement. But the medium is a popular one, if only because it's relatively novel and rare. Examples from Budapest, Hong Kong, Kiev, L.A., Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. have been enthusiastically documented for upload to YouTube. And given that cash–strapped transit agencies have allowed almost every other subway surface to be colonized by ad space, including seats and whole exteriors of rolling stock, it was almost a logical next step.

Much of the credit for introducing these flipbook or zoetrope–like ads goes to two independent innovators: New York astrophysics student Joshua Spodek and Winnipeg animator Bradley Caruk. Spodek's ads debuted in Atlanta in 2001; his company, Sub Media, continues to produce similar ads today. In 2006, Caruk won a Manning Innovation Award for his concept, which his partner, Rob Walker, first thought up while staring at the blank walls of Paris' Metro. The company they co–founded, SideTrack Technologies, set up its first system in Kuala Lumpur and has since opened others across the United States – and beyond, to London, Rio de Janeiro, and cities in Mexico."

(Christopher Szabla, Urbanphoto, 20 November 2010)

Fig.1 Bill Brand, "Masstransiscipe" New York subway installation.
Fig.2 New ad–places in the tunnel. // Новые рекламные площади в тунеле киевского метро. Между станциями Лукьяновская и Львовская Брама
Fig.3 "Tokyo Subway Ad ", Uploaded by ivanptse on 19 Apr 2008.
Fig.4 "Target ad, on the washington D.C subway.", Uploaded by kikyobackfromthedead on 1 Sep 2006.

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adad spaceanimated adanimation • Atlanta • between • blank wall • Boston • Bradley Caruk • Budapest • captive audience • creative advertisingflick bookflip bookHong Kong • Joshua Spodek • Kiev • Kuala Lumpur • linear zoetrope • LondonLos Angeles • masstransiscope • MBTA Red Line • Mexicomotion graphicsNew York subwayParis • Paris Metro • patternperceptual organisationrapid transit systemRio de Janeiro • Rob Walker • rolling stock • SideTrack Technologies • stop frame • Sub Media • subway • subway tunnel • Tokyotrainwall animationsWashington DCzoetrope

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
29 JULY 2010

70 Billion Pixels Budapest: 360 degree panorama image

"The observation tower of János–hegy [the Elizabeth Lookout on János Hill is], the highest vantage point of Budapest with a 360 degree panorama, was an obvious location. It also allowed us to take on previous world records in both the 'highest definition image' and the 'largest spherical panorama' category. When contacted, the Council of District XII informed us on the upcoming anniversary of the tower. We agreed to cooperate in commemorating the September 2010 event by setting up new world records–give them our best shot if you please. ."

(360systems Ltd., 360world.eu)

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2010 • 70 Billion Pixels Budapest • anniversaryauthenticityBudapestcameradeviceEarth • Elizabeth lookout tower • environmentEpsonfidelity • gigapixel photography • high definitionHungaryimmersionimmersive • Janos Hill • locationMicrosoft • observation tower • panoramaphotophotographyrealism • September 2010 • Sonyspectacle • spherical panorama • technologytowervisualisation

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Simon Perkins
03 DECEMBER 2003

Air Transport Map: Network of Routes and Destination Nodes

The map shows European cities linked through transport routes flown by the Czechoslovakia Air Transport Company in 1933. Each city is represented as a node within the larger web travel destinations. The map provides a compelling demonstration of the value of well–considered information design.

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1933 • Belgrad • Berlin • Bratislava • Budapest • Czech and Slovak Federative Republic • Czech Republic • Czecho-Slovakia • Czechoslovakia • Czechoslovakia Air Transport Company • Dresden • Edward TufteHamburgHannoverinformation designmap • Munchen • node • Nurnberg • Praha • Roma • routeSlovakiaWien
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