Villő Turcsány

PULSEIMPULSE - interactive spatial installation

Free entrance
Opening event: 16th June 2021, 6 p.m.

Accompanying program

Opening event: 16th June 2021, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Associated event at the opening: 7 p.m. AV Talks & Walks in the Main Hall with the participation of the contributors and curator of the exhibition. Guided tour by Andrea Kovács, head of Trafó’s AV Composers series

17th June 2021, 6 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Round table talk (in Hungarian): Interdisciplinary art, digital space formation, visitor participation and design communication in the light of Pulseimpulses. Participants: Villő Turcsány, Kinga German, Attila Cosovan, József Fülöp, Márton Orosz. Moderator: Kinga Hamvai – limited number of viewers (registration required)

18th June 2021, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Bálint Bolcsó and Villő TurcsányVariations of Modulations - live electronic improvisation (English Friendly)

“In H. Bergson’s view, the body is a medium: “It is then the place of passage of the movements received and thrown back, a hyphen, a connecting link between the things which act upon me and the things upon which I act, - the seat, in a word, of the sensori-motor phenomena."*

On 16th June 2021, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts opens its doors with an extraordinary three-day event.

As the lockdown ends, Trafó’s redesigned spaces finally reopen to visitors, who will be welcomed by an audiovisual experience that can be shaped in real time by the movement of everyone present. As a result, a so-called “post-representative space” (N. Sternfeld) comes into being, where we unwittingly become participants in a game and actors in an event. Driven by her programmed formulae, Villő Turcsány’s pendulum sculptures across the space move to peculiar rhythms. 

The dramaturgy of forming space allows our biological and intellectual essence to be visualised via abstract forms. The pulse rates of our bodies, our systolic and diastolic pulsations constitute the first of multiple “voices”. Walking down the narrow path of a corridor, we slowly enter a polyphonic system created by pendulum motions in the theatre space, accompanied by the rhythm of our movements converted into signals. The rhythm pattern of the impulses created by the pendulums as well as the abstract and continuously moving signal structures of individual movements visualised as dots or lines will appear simultaneously on an enormous screen. The random presence of the viewer thus generates signals in the space, which will be synthesized and converted into “motion pictures” by a software-based system.

The composed sound and rhythm, the recording of the movements by heat sensors and the animated screening generate a spatial experience: turned into an experimental terrain, the theatre space admits the visitor into an environment of meditation, interaction and participation.

I’m O.K.

Kinga German

Villő Turcsány - sculptor, media artist 

She graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts as a sculptor in 1997. A versatile artist, she is an influential figure of the Hungarian contemporary arts scene: her work is a mixture of various genres, such as plastic art, performative and sound art as well as experimental music. Her works have been presented at Hungarian and international group and solo exhibitions and many of them are in private and public collections. In the course of developing and teaching university courses, she has begun to structure an educational methodology for creative visual design and space formation. Currently she is a doctoral student of multimedia art at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Her research topic is The dramaturgy of forming space - contemporary installation as a hybrid medium.

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Artist: Villő Turcsány
Curator: Kinga German
Production: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts and Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest
Production partner: Code and Soda / XORXOR
Visual identity: Attila Cosovan


Motion system development: Róbert Kovács / Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam
Generative image, collaboration: XORXOR
Interactive sound engineering: Ádám Krasz / MOME Doctoral School
Technological consultant: András Szabó / Code and Soda Kft.
Software development: György Horák / 
Code and Soda Kft.
Production design consultant: Csaba Lódi
Curator's assistant: Kinga Hamvai / MOME Doctoral School
Technical production assistant: Réka Nagy / MOME Media Institute
Technical contribution: 
Trafó, Alpintechnika Pro

Sponsors: National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Lollart, Code and Soda

The production is a part of Villő Turcsány’s master’s work at the Multimedia DLA program of the Doctoral School of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest.

"Az ingák felfüggesztve, motorok segítségével mozognak előre meghatározott pályán, miközben mi, a nézők, saját döntésünktől vezérelten járjuk be a teret. A falra vetített kép e kettő mozdulatsor tánca: az előre programozott, így kiszámítható úton haladó golyóké, és a kedvük szerint sétáló embereké. Mindezt ölelő sötét tér és a felerősített motor búgása teszi teljessé."

The development of the work is also part of the Multimedia DLA program at the Doctoral School of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest.

PULSEIMPULSE - interactive spatial installation MOME - Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem
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PULSEIMPULSE - interactive spatial installation Lollart
PULSEIMPULSE - interactive spatial installation Code and Soda
Box Office opening hours:
  • Main hall performance days: 16h-22h
  • studio and club performance days: 16h-20h30
  • other days: 16h-20h
Trafó Gallery opening hours:
  • Performance days: 4-10pm.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 4pm-7pm.
  • Closed on Mondays.
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