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Péter Forgács

[H]

film maker, media artist

* 09/09/1950 [H]
lives and works in Budapest [H]

Péter Forgács studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, and was a researcher at the Hungarian Sociological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In the early seventies, his work was influenced by the Hungarian fluxus and experimental film movement, and he realized his first video film, »I see that I look«, in 1978. His works explores the historical and the cultural via the private. In a series of works entitled »Private Hungary«, Forgács recontextualizes archival home movies and film journals from the past, transforming private documents of everyday lives into haunting narratives of twentieth-century Hungary.
In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation - [PPFA] in Budapest, which focusses on cultural and art studies of the 20th century Hungarian visual archeology and memory. Forgács' works have been exhibited internationally, including the Sao Paolo Biennial, the Flaherty Film Seminar, and the Centre d'Art Contemporaine, Geneva. His award winning video works and films are part of numerous international collections, including the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, and others.

Grants and Awards | Works | Works in Collections | Recommended Links

Grants and Awards ::
[selected]

Scholar/ Artist-in-Residence, Getty Research Institute [USA], 2000 - 2001.

First Prize of the Hungarian Film Festival, Budapest [H], 2002; Grand Prix, 11th International Documentary Film Festival of Portugal [P], 2000; Grand Prix, International Film Competition, London [UK], 2000; Special Award of the Jury and Audience Award, L'immagine leggera, Palermo [I], 2000; Golden Gate Award [documentary section], San Francisco International Film Festival [USA], 2000; »Jewish Experience Prize« [Best Documentary Film], Jerusalem International Film Festival [IL], 1999; »Silver Dragon« prize and »Fipresci« Prize, Krakow International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Krakow [PL], 1999; First Prize [category documentary], 30th Hungarian Film Week [H], 1998; Balázs Béla Film Award of the Hungarian Republic [H], 1998; Best Hungarian Documentary-Fiction, and Best Film Music Prize, Hungarian Film Critics Award [H], 1998; Fipresci Prize, Leipzig International Film Festival [D], 1997; Grand Prix and CNC »Image de la culture« special award, Marseille International Documentary Film [F], 1997; Grand Prix [section short and experimental film], 28th Hungarian Film Week, Budapest [H], 1997; Prize of the »DokumentART 95« festival, Neubrandenburg [D], 1995; Prize of the 5e semaine internationale de video, Geneva [CH], 1993; Prize of Video Les Beaux Jours, Strasbourg [F], 1993; First Prize [category video], Viper Film and Video Festival, Lucerne [CH], 1993; Grand Prix of the Sound Base Arts Video Festival, Wroclaw [PL], 1993; »Best Hungarian Documentary Film«, Hungarian Film Critics Award [H], 1992; Grand Prix of the 2nd European Biennial of Documentary Film, Marseille [F], 1991; Grand Prix of the World Wide Video Festival, The Hague [NL], 1990.

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Works ::

° Selected Films and Videos ::

»The Bishop’s Garden«, 2002 [56:30 min; dir. and prod. by P. Forgács]
»A Bibó Reader«, 2001 [69 min/ dir. and prod. by P. Forgács]
»Angelos’ Film«, 1999 [[60 min/ produced by Cesar Messemaker, Lumen Film, VPRO TV, NL]
»The Danube Exodus«, 1998 [60 min/ produced by Cesar Messemaker, Lumen Film, VPRO TV, NL]
»Kádár’s Kiss« (Private Hungary 12 / Private Socialism 2, 1997 [52 min/ Quality Pictures kft - BBS - HTV production]
»The Maelstrom. A Family Chronicle [De Maalstroom], 1997 [60:05 min/ production: Lumen Film for VPRO TV, NL]
»... otherwise«, 1997 [1:30 min, video/ with Zoltán Vida]
»Class Lot« (Private Hungary 11/ Private Socialism 1), 1996-97 [52 min/ Quality Pictures kft - BBS - HTV production]
»Free Fall« (Private Hungary 10), 1996 [75 min, BBS HTV]
»The Land Of Nothing« (Private Hungary 9), 1996 [62 min, video, BBS]
»Simply Happy/ Domweg Gelukkig«, 1994 [46 and 72 min/ production: Lumen Film, Amsterdam, NL]
»Meanwhile Somewhere 1940-43..«, 1994 (»An Unknown War« series 5/3) [52 min, BBS-HTV]
»The Notes of a Lady« Private Hungary 8, 1992-94 [48 min, FMS BBS]
»Conversations on Psychoanalysis«, 1993 (documentary series 1988-93) [FMS HTV - BBS] :
    1. »Freud & Vienna« [53 min]
    2. »Sándor Ferenczi & the Budapest School of Psychoanalysis« [53 min]
    3. »The Psychoanalytic View of Man« [55 min]
    4. »Psychoanalysis & Society« [53 min]
    5. »Psychoanalysis as Therapy« [58 min]
»Culture Shavings«, 1993 [43 min, video, Fríz-HTV]
»Bourgeois Dictionaries« (Private Hungary 7), 1992 [49 min, video, FMS-BBS]
»Wittgenstein Tractatus«, 1992 (»Interlude« series) [32 min, FMS-HTV/ co-director and composer: Tibor Szemzö]
»Arizona diary«, 1991 [53 min, video, FMS-BBS/ with György Petri, poet]
»Photographed by László Dudás« (Private Hungary 6), 1991 [45 min, video, FMS-BBS]
»D-Film« (Private Hungary 5), 1991 [45 min, video, FMS-BBS]
»Márai: Herbal«, 1991 (»Interlude« series) [30 min, FMS-HTV]
»The Diary of Mr. N.« (Private Hungary 4), 1990 [51 min, video, BBS - FMS]
»Either-Or (Private Hungary 3), 1989 [43 min, video, BBS - FMS]
»Dusi & Jenö« (Private Hungary 2), 1989 [45 min, video, BBS-FMS]
»The Bartos Family« (Private Hungary 1), 1988 [60 min, video, BBS-FMS]
»Episodes from the Life of Professor M.F.«, 1987 [110 min, video, BBS]
»Portrait of Leopold Szondi«, 1987 [60 min, video/ Hungarian TV]
»Spinoza Rückwerz«, 1998 [5 min, 35 mm, color, BBS]
»Children's Theatre«, 1979 [20 min, 16mm, BBS]
»Children's Movie«, 1979 [25 min, 16mm, BBS]
»Iron Age«, 1985 [50 min, video/ music by Tibor Szemzö]
»Golden Age«, 1985 [20 min, video/ music by Tibor Szemzö]
»I See That I Look«, 1978 [25 min, video]

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Works in Public Collections ::
[selected]

»Self-portrait«, 1975 [acrylic on canvas (210 x 140 cm)]
  - Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest [H]

»Dusi and Jenö«, 1989 [video, 44 min.]
  - Samlung Oppenheim [Oppenheim Collection], Bonn, [D]

»Márai: Herbal«, 1991 [video]; »Wittgenstein Tractatus«, 1992 [video]
  - Collection of the »Video Les Beaux Jours«, Strasbourg [F]

»The Bartos Family«, »Dusi and Jenö«, »Either-Or«, »The Diary of Mr. N«, »Meanwhile Somewhere«, »The Maelstrom«, »Free Fall«
  - Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley. Cal. [USA]

»The Bartos Family«, Dusi and Jenö«, »Either-Or«, »The Diary of Mr. N«, »Bourgeois Dictionary«,
»Notes of a Lady«, »Meanwhile Somewhere«, »Wittgenstein Tractatus«, »Totem«, »The Danube Exodus«, »Free Fall«
  - MOMA - Museum of Modern Arts, Film and Video Collection, New York [USA]

»The Bartos Family«, »Dusi and Jenö«, »Either-Or«, »The Diary of Mr. N«, »Bourgeois Dictionary«, »Notes of a Lady«, »The Land of Nothing«, »Free Fall«, »Tractatus«
  - Collection of the Netherlands Filmmuseum, Amsterdam [NL]

»The Bartos Family«, »Diary of Mr. N.«
  - Centre Pompidou and Musé d'Art Moderne, Paris [F]

»Tractatus«, »Bourgeois Dictionary«, »Notebook of a Lady«
  - ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Video Art Collection, Karlsruhe [D]

»Free Fall«, »The Bartos Family«, »Dusi and Jenö«, »Either-Or«, »The Diary of Mr. N«,
»Bourgeois Dictionary«, »Notes of a Lady«, »The Land of Nothing«, »Class Lot«, »Kádár’s Kiss«
  - Collection of the Haus des Dokumentarfilms [Documentary Film Center] , Stuttgart [D]

»TOTEM« [video installation]
  - Ludwig Museum, Budapest [H]

»Free Fall«
  - In Video Collection, Milan [I]

»The Bartos Family«, »Free Fall«
  - Centre National du Cinématographie, Paris [F]

»The Maelstrom«, »Wittgenstein Tractatus«, »Free Fall«, »Totem«
  - Kiasma - Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki [FIN]

»The Danube Exodus«
  - Akademie der Künste, Berlin [D]

»The Bartos Family«, »Dusi and Jenö«, »Either –Or«, »The Diary of Mr. N.«, »Bourgeoisie Dictionaries«, »The Notes of a Lady«, »Meanwhile Somewhere«, »The Land Of Nothing«, »Free Fall«, »Class Lot«, »The Maelstrom«, »The Danube Exodus«, »Kádár’s Kiss«
  - Open Society Archive, Central European University, Budapest [H]

»The Bartos Family«, »Dusi and Jenö«, »Either –Or«, »The Diary of Mr. N.«, »Bourgeoisie Dictionaries«, »The Notes of a Lady«, «Meanwhile Somewhere«, »The Land Of Nothing«, »Free Fall«, »Class Lot«, »The Maelstrom«, »The Danube Exodus«, »Kádár’s Kiss«, »Angelos' Film
  - C3 Media Art Center, Budapest [H]

»Meanwhile Somewhere«, »Wittgenstein Tractatus«, »Free Fall«, »The Maelstrom«, »The Danube Exodus«, »Angelos' Film«, »The Land of Nothing«, »The Bartos Family«, »The Land Of Nothing«
  - The Getty Museum, Research Institute, Special Collection, Los Angeles [USA]

»Meanwhile Somewhere«, »Wittgenstein Tractatus«, »Free Fall«, »The Maelstrom«, »The Danube Exodus«, »Angelos' Film«, »The Land of Nothing«, »The Bartos Family«, »The Land Of Nothing«
  - USC Film School - Annenberg Center for Communications, Los Angeles [USA]

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Recommended Links ::

-> Biography, Filmography:
http://www.eai.org/eai/artist.jsp?artistID=315

-> Interview [with Sven Speaker] :
http://www.artmargins.com/content/interview/forgacs.html

-> Short description »Father and His Three Sons - The Bartos Family« (Private Hungary 1), 1988 [60 min]:
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=625

-> Short description »Dusi and Jen« (Private Hungary 2), 1989 [45 min]:
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=4125

-> Short description »Either-Or« (Private Hungary 3), 1989 [43 min]:
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=3073

-> Short description »The Diary of Mr. N: 1938-1967« (Private Hungary 4), 1990 [51 min]:
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=1009

-> Short description »Bourgeois Dictionaries« (Private Hungary 7), 1992 [49 min]:
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=3565

-> Short description »Wittgenstein Tractatus (seven short video essays, 1992 [32 min]:
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=3773

-> Short description "Totem", [1993, 0:26 h]:
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=993

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The Labyrinth Project

[USA]
The Labyrinth Project is a research initiative on interactive narrative at the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California. Under the direction of cultural theorist Marsha Kinder, this initiative works at the pressure point between theory and practice. Kinder has assembled a talented creative team, headed by interface designer Rosemary Comella, art director Kristy H.A. Kang, and associate producer JoAnn Hanley. Since 1997, they have produced interactive documentaries and museum installations in collaboration with independent artists known for their narrative experimentation.

- > Homepage :
http://www.annenberg.edu/labyrinth/

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