An Anecdoted Archive from the Cold War


George Legrady, Hyperreal Media Productions


An Anecdoted Archive from the Cold War is an interactive CD-ROM and a computer media artwork installation project that features early 1950's East European personal and official Communist material in the form of home movies, video footage Eastern European places and events, objects, books, family documents, Socialist propaganda, money, sound recordings, news reports, identity cards, etc. These are part of my collection of things and stories related to the Cold War that I have gathered duing the past 20 years. These items, in the form of over sixty stories, have been arranged thematically in eight rooms superimposed on the original floor plan of the former Workers' Movement (Propaganda) museum in Budapest - (the original contents of whic have been in permanent storage since 1990). The Anecdoted Archive reflects my particular history in relation to the Cold War. Born in Budapest in 1950 near the end of the Stalin era, I left with my family to the West during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
The Archive is published as a CD-ROM.

Computing Platform


Technology Used

Mac Quadra, PowerPC, 16MB RAM minimum
LCD Projector
Includes specific Installation environment (contact the artist)

Why Is It Interesting?


Exhibition History

Computer based installation artworks exhibited internationally include: Artifices III, Saint-Denis; les hyperm dias, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; ISEA'94, Helskinki Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland; Ars Electronica '94, landesmuseum, Linz, Austria; It is supposed to be going to the Berlin VideoFest and possibly Video/psitive, Liverpool. It has been presented in lecture mode at "Interactive Media Conference".



Date of Project Completion

August 93; CD-ROM vers, Nov 1994 project

Project Location, January 15th - March 5th, 1995

Discs will be submitted with video demo

Additional Information

Awards in 1994 include:

Voyager's "New Voices, New Visions" prize
A National Endowment for the Arts artist fellowship
A Canada Council Computer-aided Media grant

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