Kitchen Budapest and UrbanCyclr teamed up to untangle the invisible pattern of bike traffic in Budapest. 100.000 kilometers of biking routes collected from individual bikers are overlaid on the city map. All distortions of the map reflect higher biking activity in the respective area of the city. 24h map animation reveals the daily biking patterns of a growing community of urban bikers in Budpest.

UrbanCyclr app allows bikers to track their biking routes in the city. The individual routes are added to an aggregated map of the bikers' community. 100.000 kilometers of biking routes have been collected from individual bikers since the launch of the app in 2011.

SubMap is a unique tool to visualize geographic and time-based data on distorted maps. It has a huge potential in coping with data from a physically distributed network of independent sensors.


Kitchen Budapest | Bujdosó Attila, Feles Dániel, Gergely Krisztián, Kiss László
UrbanCyclr | Füredi Gábor, Megyer László, Véhmann Ferenc


Ebullition visualises and sonificates data pulled from one of the biggest news sites of Hungary, In the 30 fps animation, each frame represents a single day, each second covers a month, starting from December 1998 until October 2010.

Whenever a Hungarian city or village is mentioned in any domestic news on website, it is translated into a force that dynamically distorts the map of Hungary. The sound follows the visual outcome, creating a generative ever changing drone.



  • Design Award exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, 7-16/10/2011
  • Lodz Design Festival, Lodz, Poland, 20-30/10/2011


SubMap project was exhibited at Pixelache Helsinki 2011 festival between 10-13 March 2011. The visualization project was selected and aligns well to this year’s theme ‘Map me if you will’.

SubMap distorts the map of Finland based on the Twitter communication within the country tracked real-time.

Maps are normally based on a trustworthy and objective selection of public data. Thus, can a map visualizing personal information be considered as public? Let’s say we limit data to very basic and factual location-time coordinates of our movement in the city. Can a map built from private data be public?

During the exhibition at Galeria Centralis we continuously tracked our locations by using Check-ins made in the application are translated into distorting forces applied to the map of Budapest. Those places which were closer to us became literally larger on the map. On the screen the slowly distorted map was shown in real-time, accompanied with the history of recent check-ins.

After the exhibition we compiled a time-lapse video from the saved maps as a summary of the entire period.


  • Subjective Budapest Maps, Galeria Centralis, Budapest, 20/10/2010-02/12/2010

In the first version of SubMap we present three print maps which show the city from 'our point of view'. We chose our homes as epicenters of these unique, spherical, perspectival distortions. Additionally we created a superimposed map centred around Kitchen Budapest where we all work together.



  • Under the knife, with Cannelle Tanc, Budapest Fiction gallery, 01/07/2010-24/07/2010
  • Recycle X, Noordkaap, Dordrecht, 07/08/2010
  • Subjective Budapest Maps, Galeria Centralis, Budapest, 20/10/2010-02/12/2010

On the screen two maps are shown. Users can insert their favorite locations by placing markers in the Google Map on the left side. These are translated into distorting forces applied to the map of Budapest. The map on the right side is distorted real-time, according to the inputs provided on the other map. Thus, places which are physically closer to us become perspectively larger.


  • Open studio day, Kitchen Budapest, 29/04/2010

Our first intention was to draw a subjective map of Budapest that represents our preferred places or memories in the city. To achieve this, we considered to use perspective as analogy. The same way things look larger if they are closer to us, we wanted to literally enlarge areas on the map which we feel more connected with. At the same time, locations further away or of less importance loose focus and become smaller.

The first attempt was to develop a web-based tool which can distort maps according to one or more locations.

SubMap is a project by Dániel Feles, Krisztián Gergely, Attila Bujdosó, Gáspár Hajdu and László Kiss at Kitchen Budapest. Generative sound for SubMap 2.0: ebullition by Kiss László.

Kitchen Budapest, opened in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams.