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

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, )

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pfAcknowledged and award winning media artist and film maker Péter Forgács attended the Video Active meeting in Vienna to discuss the possibilities for a short documentary made of Video Active material. Péter Forgács has made over thirty films and often uses archive  and amateur film material to tell unique stories. His work has been recognized all over the world and he  has had a number of exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Working together with Péter Forgács would be a great opportunity for Video Active.

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Video Active was presented during the iMMovator Cross Media Café, a two monthly meeting for professionals working in the media business,  on May 19 in Hilversum. Theme of this meeting was “Digital Archives”   and about 300 people attended the meeting. Video Active was one of the two-minute pitches where new projects and initiatives are presented.  After the presentation people could also visit the Video Active stand.

Slides of the presentation can be found here

Media can be found here

On the 20th and 21st of November a Video Active writers workshop, organized by Andy O’Dwyer, was held at the BBC. During this hands-on workshop both academics, students, content providers and technical partners collaborated on writing and uploading contextual information, such as short articles, on the Video Active portal. The meeting was successful as it combined both theoretical and practical information.


The workshop started off with an introduction by Fritz Hausjell on the Academic use of Video Active within (European) television history studies. This was followed by a presentation by Rob Turnock on the writing guidelines to submit (keynote) articles for Video Active. Jaap Blom from the technical partner Noterik followed up by giving a hands-on demonstration of how to upload the written material to Video Active.

After the break two round table discussions were organized. One for reviewing already written material, and one for producing new written material. It was also possible to schedule time with Jaap Blom to work together to upload material to the portal. This was a fruitful session while it incorporated all the different disciplines.

At the end of the session, time was reserved for usability testing. Academics and writers gave feedback on the content and interface of the portal.

The second day started with an informative presentation by Murray Dick from the BBC about how to research on, and write for the web. This was followed by a brainstorm session attended by archivist, content researchers, academics and students. This session gave rise to new ideas on content selection and writing (comparative) articles. The workshop ended with a presentation by Andreas Fickers on the new book written by the Television History Network called “A European Television History”.

The Video Active workshop was very productive while it brought together technical partners, content providers and academics. This led to new ideas, research subjects and articles.