Videomapping in Budapest

13 02 2012

Videomapping is a projection technique that can create a dynamic video display on any surface or plane.  Specialized software is required to make the projected image fit on an indicated object, whether it is a wall or building facade.  A video projection group known as Bordos.ArtWorks has created several awesome videomapping projects around the world, including in BUDAPEST.  Here are a few videos of their work in the Hungarian capital:

This first videomapping takes place outside the Gerbeaud Cafe, mentioned in the previous post


The second video takes place outside the Hungarian Palace of Arts


This video was displayed at the Railway Historical Park


This video was shown at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences


These last two videos took place at the Hungarian National Gallery located in the Buda Castle complex


Here a few websites dedicated to videomapping, including that of Bordos.ArtWorks:


One Sweet Place

2 02 2012

Cafe Gerbeaud is perhaps one of the sweetest places on Earth, literally.  Located in Vörösmarty tér (square) in Budapest, it is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Europe, still in business after its opening in 1858.  The following images from their website give you a small taste of what they have to offer.

If those images aren’t enough to make your mouth water, check out this video:

What did I tell you?  If you want to see more, check out their website:

History of Budapest

2 02 2012

Budapest is two cities in one. There is Pest in the east, lined with wide avenues adorned by leafy parks and pretty squares, among them Vörösmarty square, where there is a pastry shop and café in business since 1858. There is Buda in the west, with many scenic hills and high ground studded with Gothic and Renaissance structures, many of which have been rebuilt many times over, the most famous being Buda Castle in the Castle Hill District. The oldest subway system in continental Europe was built in Budapest in 1896. Dividing the two cities is the famed Danube River. In the middle of the Danube lies Margaret Island, which serves as a recreational paradise for residents and visitors of the city. Eight bridges span the Danube: the Széchenyi Chain, being the oldest; the Árpád; the Margit (Margaret); the Erzsébet (Elisabeth); the Szabadság (Liberty); the Petöfi; the Rákóczi, formerly known as the Lágymányosi; and the Megyeri, being the newest.
Buda, along with Óbuda (Old Buda) and Pest were both united as one city in 1873. During its long history before then, the area was occupied by many nations and empires, which included the Celts, the Romans, the Bulgarians, the Mongols, and the Ottoman Turks. Buda and Pest both started out as Bulgarian fortresses built along the Danube in 829. The Ottoman Turks occupied the both cities in 1541 and in 1686 were driven out by the Hapsburgs. An attempt was made by the Hungarians to liberate Hungary from the Austrian Hapsburg Empire, sparking the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. It ultimately resulted in an Austrian victory.
After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, Buda and Pest underwent a series of civic developments that resulted in the present-day style of the city. Following the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I, Budapest became the capital of several short-lived republics until the establishment of the Kingdom of Hungary. During World War II, the Germans occupied Budapest in 1944. The Arrow Cross, a national socialist party, collaborated with the Germans in murdering Jews of Budapest, of which fewer than half survived. The siege of Budapest began on December 29 when Soviet and Romanian armies encircled the city. Ending on February 13, the siege took the lives of approximately 200,000 Budapest residents and caused widespread damage to the buildings of the city, including the destruction of all Danube bridges. After the war, Budapest, along with the rest of Hungary and Eastern Europe, came under Soviet control and a communist government was established. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 failed to overthrow the communist regime, which would last until 1989 when the Soviet system all over Eastern Europe collapsed.
Since that fall of the communist system, Hungary has strived to create a capitalist economy that can compete on a global level. Being the largest city of Hungary, Budapest stands as its political, cultural, and commercial center, with a large manufacturing base and vital transportation networks. Several important landmarks have also become UNESCO World Heritage Sites.