Cultural heritage

Judaism and High Technology from Einstein to Today

Judaism and High Technology from Einstein to Today

Project ID: HU07-0037-A1-2013

Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter Balatonfüred Város Önkormányzata
Program Operátor/Programme Operator Miniszterelnökség – Társadalmi és Örökségvédelmi Ügyekért, valamint Kiemelt Kulturális Beruházásokért Felelős Helyettes Államtitkárság / Prime Minister’s Office, Deputy State Secretariat Responsible for Cultural Heritage, Social Affairs and Major Cultural Investments
Megvalósítási időszak/Implementation period 2016.05.02. - 2017.04.30.
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner


Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner Det Mosaiske Trossamfunn 
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 223 870 644 HUF/758 626,38 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 184 519 936 HUF/625 279,35 EUR

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The Synagogue situated at 32 Bajcsy Zsilinszky Street in Balatonfüred currently does not perform its originally intended function, a restaurant is operated in one part of it. Within the frame of this project not only the renewal of the neglected building would take place, but quite new functions would also be given room. On the one hand we are planning to create a permanent and a changing exhibition, on the other hand the building would also be given back its sacral function. Within the permanent part the Nobel laureates of Jewish origin and those scholars who do not live today but determine our life today would be given room. We would not put sad remembrance of the past into the centre, but primarily we would present the connection between Jewishness and everyday life through positive examples. In the changing part of the exhibition scientific and technical novelties would be given room. Our experience is that the coming generation can only imagine their everydays only in the world of the computers. The only way for addressing them is if an exhibition can integrate a modern interactive toolbar. The combination of light-sound technology gives an innovative and special nature besides interactivity and makes the exhibition complex, namely it makes a multi-angle reception possible to the visitors. On the basis of foreign examples the exhibition without interactivity, informatics, high-tech systems has already lost its popularity. In this country more and more museums have interactive tools, as well, but this technical solution is still in child's shoes. According to my experience so far the Petőfi Literary Museum is the most ahead of its time not only from the point of view of the differentiation of tools but the formation and ingenuity of content. With this interactive exhibition we aspire for giving experience to all age-groups from the early childhood to old-age not only via the interactive tools but helping lifelong learning through a creative maquette, a drawing and game corner (museum pedagogical corner). We call attention to the importance of knowledge, values and the value of life, those spiritual and factual creations and values, which have advanced, enhanced certain communities and the world, as well. The Nobel prize holder scholars, architects, representatives of arts, whose life-work can be an example for everybody, represent these. The life-work of those people influences our life today, as well. On constructing the exhibition we therefore would build in such tools as the touch-screen computer, sound board, interactive projectors, tables and a museum pedagogical corner with games, computers and printers. The interactive surfaces bring closer the material to be presented successfully, we can talk to the audience speaking Hungarian, German, English and Hebrew directly with the aid of the sound points, the "paging machine" makes the documents, books virtually pageable. There will be a thematic exhibition space on the upper floor, where the scientific and technical culture of the Jewishness will be presented with interactive techniques. In the lower (cellar) space we form a multi-target museum pedagogy room hosting a class room (30 people). It will serve as the place for creative games, projections connected to the content of the exhibition. The cultural function would make the occasional use of the space for religious service possible. The installation referring to the former church arrangement would remind of the sacral function: in front of the corridor from the ante a Torah cabinet placed as a glass cabinet would signal the former synagogal function. We dissolve the semantic confusion in a way that we form the Torah glass cabinet as a windscreen like item of furniture, thus as an exhibition installation, but still part of the wall. With this solution we also form an acoustic sluice between the former church space and the new ante. The exhibition is open in front of everybody and fits well into the cultural diversity of Balatonfüred.


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