Dr. habil. Miklós PETERNÁK CSc.

Head of Intermedia Department , Director
Hungarian University of Fine Arts, C3 – Center for Culture & Communication, Budapest (HUN)


Born in 1956, Esztergom, now living in Budapest. Peternák graduated from history–art history at the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Lóránd University in 1981. He holds a CSc in art history (Academics and art– new media, 1994). Peternák was a museologist and responsible for collection care between 1981 and 1983, had a scholarship at the MTA Art History Research Group (1983-1987), and was a freelance art historian from 1987 to 1991. He was the member of Balázs Béla Studio (1981-1987) and the Indigo Group. Peternák has been the head of the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts since 1991. He founded the C3– Center for Culture & Communication Foundation and has been the director since 1997. His main interest includes history of photography and film, picture theory, and the history, theory, and artistic connections of technologically new media. Curator of several exhibitions and director of many experimental films (Memories of Forgetting, 2018.; „We shall survive in the memory of others”– Vilém Flusser, 2010.; The Butterfly Effect, 1996.).



The age of the code
What is old and new in the data world?

The intention of the MAPS 2018 workshop is to generate a dialogue on the digital – digitization, born-digital content and the use of these terms and attitudes in the context of a contemporary cultural environment, for example, in an art museum. Digitization is the method to represent the analogue world in the form of a digital code and make it accessible by the use of a machine. The conversion of any analogue source material to a numerical format substitutes the original in the data world. Born-digital is something which was created in the form of the digital code, without the necessity of an access towards the analogue (our) world. If there is such need, some kind of interface has to be built. However, the new processes are not only about data, information, preservation or memory, but also on new temporality. The issue of ageing seems to be an absurd approach in the world of the code, where a three year old file is often considered as a fossil. Which is the appropriate digital strategy, considering the nature of permanent present, the framework of the global networked society? Is it still „the survival of the fittest” which counts in the zero dimension, or we should think on Achilles and the tortoise in Zeno’s paradox, where the quickest can never overtake the slowest?