October 2009

The renowned media artist and independent filmmaker Péter Forgács has used the material from Video Active to create a short documentary. By using footage from the different archives, Forgács gives a beautiful insight in the rich material available on Video Active. The documentary enables viewers to discover various aspects of European television history in a compelling form. This new work will have its online premiere on October 27th, to celebrate the UNESCO World Day for the Preservation of the Audiovisual Heritage and can be viewed from this day on http://tinyurl.com/videoactive

About Péter Forgács
Since 1976, Péter Forgács is present in the Hungarian art scene as filmmaker and media artist. In the 1970s and ’80s he collaborated with the contemporary music ensemble Group 180, and worked in the Balázs Béla Film Studio. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, a unique collection of amateur film footage, and has used this material as  raw data for his unique re-orchestrations of history. His international debut came with the Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix at the World Wide Video Festival in The Hague (1990) and in 2002 the Getty Research Institute exhibited his installation The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River. Forgács has received several international festival awards in Budapest, Lisbon, Marseilles, San Francisco, New York and Berlin. Forgács won the 2007 Erasmus Prize, which is “awarded to a person or institution which has made an exceptionally important contribution to culture in Europe.” (biography source: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Forgacs )

View the entire press release here..


Europeana is awarded with the Erasmus Award for Networking Europe by the European Society for Education and Communication (ESEC). Out of 230 applications 62 nominations were selected and only 3 were awarded. All 62 nominees were awarded with the Erasmus Seal of Approval for excellent quality and educational value.


The jury has chosen Europeana because of:

“The leading idea of Europeana is the strong conviction that European countries can be connected by realizing in several languages more access to the European cultural heritage –not only for scientists, but also for every general citizen.
If we see Europeana as a treasure store house, the user can be seen as a treasure digger who is discovering a virtual world of culture that seems to be without borders.”

Max Kaiser from the National Library of Austria and co-ordinator of EuropeanaConnect attended the awards ceremony and delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of Europeana.

As a contributor to Europeana, the Video Active consortium is very pleased with the appreciation of the ESEC for Europeana.

The full laudation can be viewed here.

pic_award_smallVideo Active has been nominated for the first FIAT/IFTA ARCHIVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. This award celebrates the  “most productive iniative that promotes the value and use of audio-visual archives”  The winner of the award will be anounced during the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Beijing on October 23.