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A Kiss in Budapest

THE HUNGARIAN FASHION AND DESIGN AGENCY INVITES VISITORS TO SHARE A KISS IN BUDAPEST, AND FIND OUT HOW VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CAN BRING US TOGETHER AND HEIGHTEN OUR EMOTIONAL MEMORIES.

Hungary’s installation brings a touch of romance to the London Design Biennale, celebrating both the architecture of the Hungarian capital and moments of intimacy. Kiss in Budapest explores the relationship between digital culture and human emotions: while ubiquitous technology has made communication easier, it cannot replace the warmth of real-life moments with loved ones. The installation plays with this ambiguity, drawing on seemingly opposing elements such as heritage and contemporary design, intimacy and distance.

Couples enter the darkened installation from opposite sides and meet in a clean, homogeneous space, where the only things that they can focus on are their expressions and emotions. The space is equipped with LEDs, cameras and a green screen, as well as sensors detecting the couple’s movements in front of the screen and the intimate moment of the kiss.

Meanwhile, the scene outside the room is quite different – instead of high-tech minimalism, it is almost reminiscent of a tourist attraction. Those who stay outside see the large LED displays, meeting and kissing each other in front of Budapest’s art nouveau and neo-renaissance sights. The result is a virtual memory with a real emotional charge: their first kiss in Budapest.

Credits:

  • Design Team: Hungarian Fashion and Design Agency’s creative team
  • Curator: Éva Olasz
  • Supporting Body: Hungarian Fashion and Design Agency