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ZKM│Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnlologie, Karlsruhe
28 January 2012 – 19 Aug 2012

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin
27 October 2011 – 1 January 2012

Curators of the exhibition: Piotr Krajewski (WRO Art Center, Wrocław) and Miklós Peternák (C3 Foundation, Budapest)
Initiative, concept: Siegfried Zielinski (Universität der Künste, Berlin)

The path of the two artist Gábor Bódy (1946-1985) and Zbigniew Rybczyński (*1949, Wroclaw) have never crossed. However, the exhibition presenting the oeuvre of the two, first opened at fall 2011 in the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and then in the ZKM Media Museum at the beginning of 2012, made it possible for them to meet.

Gábor Bódy, as a cinematograph, during fifteen years made three feature films, three television dramas, and over thirty films and videos in other genres; he also wrote essays, taught, and – to use a modern term – was a networker, setting up a number of initiatives that still affect us today.
He spent the last five years of his creative career mostly in Berlin, where he made experimental videos, started up Infermental, the world’s first motion picture periodical distributed on video cassette – as a new form of distribution, communication and art all in one. He taught at the German Academy of Film and Television (DFFB) in Berlin; wrote articles; experimented with computer-driven sound and image compositions.
Looking back more than thirty years later, we can state that his works has stood the test of time, proved by the continuous local and international interest shown towards his oeuvre. From our perspective at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, Bódy’s works, writings and initiatives still clearly define the role and significance of creative innovation within the culture. From this perspective, it can be a real sensation to (re)view and rethink these works, to (re)read the texts and documents, to examine their international impact. Such industrious creative work, together with explorations of the language of film, image theory and technological innovation in the arts, link the parallel careers of Zbigniew Rybczyński and Gábor Bódy over the span of a decade and a half, a period in which – not the least of all – masterpieces were created.

On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue rich in illustrations has been published, including texts by outstanding art and media theoreticians and historians, among others by Peter Weibel, Siegfried Zielinski and Miklós Peternák. On the same occasion C3 Foundation has published a DVD that includes Gábor Bódy’s all video works, subtitled in three languages – that up to now was inaccessible.


Pictures of the opening at Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin (photographer: Miriam Papastefanou)

Pictures of the exhibition (photographer: Andreas Suess)

Pictures of the opening at ZKM, Karlsruhe

Video trailer of the exhibition at ZKM, Karlsruhe
Interview with Zbigniew Rybczyński
Interview with the curators of the exhibition

Zbigniew Rybczyński
Akademie der Künste
ZKM | Media Museum

INFERMENTAL. The First International Magazine on Videocassettes.
Bódy Gábor 1946-1985. Catalog.(editors: Lászó Beke, Miklós Peternák) Budapest, Műcsarnok, 1987

WRO Center
Országos Széchényi Könyvtár, MaNDA, Balassi Intézet, NKA, MTVA
ZKM│Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnlologie Karlsruhe