Dóra Mátyás is a media artist based in Budapest, she works with animation and creative coding to create interactive artworks.
Hybrid Object, Wunderkammer Exhibition, Guangzhou, 2019. April 19-22
A tree attacked by an imaginary disease grows organs that can facilitate communication with humans.
Species that are biologically closer to humans are considered to be more intelligent, e.g., we always imagine intelligent extraterrestrial lifeforms with anthropomorphic features, although they might have different perceptions and a totally different scale.
Limited by our perceptions and our human-centred concepts we cannot think about plants as conscious beings or persons, despite the fact that they possess incredible capabilities like hearing, smelling, moving or reading our minds.
One day we might be able to modify our bodies and to create new senses in order to understand non-human entities like plants, animals or extraterrestrials and to question the belief of human supremacy.
Abstract Animation, Hong Kong, 2018
In 2018, I have spent the autumn semester at the City University of Hong Kong, in the School of Creative Media as an exchange student. There, I had the chance to participate in Max Hattler’s course and develop my ideas into an abstract animation short film using my paintings, slices of fruits and photographs that I collected during my stay in Hong Kong.
Augmented Reality Application, MOME Open Day, 2017. 12. 08.
With the Z Scanner augmented reality application – developed for the MOME Open Day 2017 Event – everyone can look into another dimension and explore the creatures on the other side.
This application was developed in Unity for android devices. We used marker based augmented reality technology to augment our real environment. My tasks included designing and programming the UI, creating animated 3D models and the final composition of the contents.
Installation, MOME Open Day, 2017. 12. 08.
This giant fish monster was inspired by my childhood fear of the slippy body of fish touching me while I cannot see them underwater.
At first I created a clay model of the form, then I used papermache technique to transform the 3D form into a 2D ﬂat pattern. This method made it possible for me to build the giant version of the form cutting out the enlarged pattern
Artificial Ugly Fake Ass
Concept, MOME, 2018
This work was inspired by the Baranya Police Department’s campaign in 2014: “Tehetsz róla, tehetsz ellene” that was blaming the victims of sexual abuse.
For the first picture I used Ruth Orkin’s “An American Girl in Italy”
Interactive VR Experience, Kitchen Budapest, 2018
In Cycle you can travel between virtual spaces by looking at objects or using the Vive controllers to interact with the environment and trigger animated transitions.
At first, I wanted to create an interactive animation film in VR similar to the shorts from Google Spotlight Stories because if you are not just a passive viewer and you can manipulate the storyline, it provides a more exciting experience than traditional films.
I developed this idea into a concept and created spaces representing different moods. Then I connected these spaces with animated transitions that can be triggered by user interaction. For example, a transition can be an exploding environment or objects falling around you and building up a new environment.
The finished prototype is a roundtrip, a loop between five spaces, but in the future, I would like to extend it with more spaces in order to create branchings, where the traveller can decide where to continue the journey: It is going to be a huge elaborated world, a labyrinth, where you can get lost.
It is important to notice that it was my first project in Unity. In January, when I started creating this experience, I was a total beginner so I have been experimenting a lot. During the development, I have become a confident user of Unity and my spaces have improved, as well.
This project was developed within the framework of the KiBu Lift residency programme, Budapest, 2017
Videomapping Installation, Hong Kong, 2019
Wind speed datasets from super typhoon Mangkhut are animated and projection-mapped on an installation made of a fallen tree.
In total, more than 55 000 trees felled on September 16, 2018, when Mangkhut rocked Hong Kong. A victim tree’s trunk is used as a screen for animations, telling the story of the raging storm, the damage done to the local ecosystem and reminding us about the destructive power of nature.
Designing and Implementing the User Interface of a Motion Capture System , 2015
Tam-tam fortune teller
Furniture Design, 2015
HEXIST stool | design furniture
The idea behind this wood stool was born within the confines of the Stool Workshop ‘2015 of B-terv creative group in Budapest, Hungary.
The aim of the design was to create a stool that provides inspiring atmosphere for playing the guitar or for other creative activities.
Varying triangular and hexagonal forms with the fissures on the legs provides oriental and mysterious look. The optimally chosen height makes the stool comfortable for playing the guitar, as well.
Width: 402 mm || 15.8"
Height: 407 mm || 16"
Seat diameter: 320 mm || 12.6"