Gusztáv Hámos

b. 1955 in Budapest, Hungary. Between 1974-79, participated in conceptual art exhibitions in Budapest, The Netherlands and East Berlin, and completed several filmworks on Super 8 and 16mm. In 1979, emigrated to West Berlin. Studied at the German Film & Television Academy in West Berlin, 1979-83. In 1987, received an artist-in-residence grant at P.S.1 in New York, and in 1988, completed a Goethe-House Tour, as artist-in-residence in North America, Westernfront, Vancouver, B.C. (Canada). In 1989, presented a Hungarian Retrospective of Films and Videos, with a lecture series, at MIT, Cambridge (USA), and between 1990-91, lectured at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest In 1992, received a Nipkow Grant (Berlin) and presented lecture Master of Light at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin.
Between 1992-96, lectured in Lódz, Warsaw, Cologne, Dresden, Peking and Budapest, including: 1994 Madamachine, Digitale 94, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany;
1995 The Real Power of TV, Contemporary Art Gallery, Peking, China;
1996 Das Berlin Projekt, Eine Zeitreise, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne.
Since 1995, teaching Video at the Film Academy Berlin and the Academy of Fine Arts Berlin. Between 1997-98, presented an exhibition and event series at the Goethe-Institut Budapest, entitled:
The code, Idols and Heroes, The Power of News, The City.


1980   Seins Fiction (3/4-inch, 45 min., DFFB Berlin)
1981   Commercial I (in collaboration with The Residents and Christoph Dreher)
(3/4-inch, 40+4 min., DFFB Berlin)
1982   Superman (in collaboration with Y Sa Lo)
(3/4-inch, 5 min., G. Hamos & Y Sa Lo, Berlin)
1983   Seins-Fiction II (The Invincible, 3/4-inch, 20 min., NBK Berlin)
  Cherie I Feel Bad (in collaboration with Marian Kiss, 3/4-inch, 57 min., ZDF Berlin)
1984   Snow White (3/4-inch, 7min., DFFB Berlin)
1985   Le Dernier Jour
1984   (in Hungarian and French)(3/4-inch, 7 min., FRIGO, Lyon)
  The Invincible (35mm, 1-inch, 85 min., co-production of ZDF-ORF-RTBF-SALINAS)
1986   Killer (3/4-inch, 8 min., G. Hamos, Berlin)
1987   Luck Smith (16mm, 1-inch, 5 min., Wexier Video for ZDF, Berlin/New York)
  Identity Kid (in collaboration with Mariann Kiss & Ed Cantu, 1-inch PAL, 59 min., ZDF [Das kleine Fernsehspiel] Berlin)
1988   Wormwood (in collaboration with Teatr Osmego Dnia, 3/4-inch PAL, 25 min., Te-Te-TV Tokyo, postproduction: TAG/TRAUM, Berlin/Cologne)
  A Tale of Love (in collaboration with Astrid Heibach, 3/4-inch NTSC, 7min., WESTERN FRONT, Vancouver, B.C.)
1989   MEDIAMATIC (3/4-inch PAL, 2 min., Amsterdam)
1991   The Real Power of TV (Beta SP, 58 min., ZDF/FMS, Budapest/Berlin)
1992   Too Young to Die (Beta SP, 38 min., ZDF/ARTE, Berlin)
1993   Chonlima (S-VHS PAL, 7 min., Hámos Production, Berlin)
1995   Sex/Machine (Beta SP, 51 min., Lichtblick, Cologne)
  Golda & Roza (Beta SP, 51 min., ZDF/ARTE-Hámos-FMS, Berlin/Budapest)
1996   Berlin Retour (Beta SP, 7 min., Lichtblick for Holland House, Cologne)
1998   Natural Born Digital (Beta SP, 35 min., Turner&Tailor for ARTE, Berlin)


Since 1980 participating in International Film Festivals, including Film Festival Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Cannes Festival (France); International Forum of Young Filmmakers, Berlin; West German Festival of Short Films, Oberhausen (Germany); DokumentART, Neubrandenburg (Germany); Locarno-Laggo Maggiore (Switzerland); Prix Futura, Berlin; International Festival of Cinema, San Sebastian (Spain); Duisburg Film Week (Germany)

Video presentations

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Kijkhuis, The Hague, The Netherlands
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany
Centro de Arta Reina Sofia, Madrid
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Internationler Videokunstpreis 1996 ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
C3, Budapest
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Video Installations

1981   Seins Fiction, Kino Arsenal, Berlin
1984   Madre, Venice Biennale, Italy
1986   Heaven & Earth, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
  Mammom 3, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany
1988   Animals + Living Room (Environment), P.S.1, New York
  Siegfried is Dreaming of Brünhilde, Kijkhuis, The Hague, The Netherlands
1992   Hammer Series (The Power of TV), Kijkhuis, The Hague, The Netherlands
(solo exhibition)
1993   The Hammer on the Anvil, OSTranenie 93, Bauhaus Dessau, Germany
1995   Screen, Hammer, Anvil and Three Crosses, Centrum Sztuki, Warsaw
  The Hammer on the Anvil, Media-Scape 3, Zagreb, Croatia
  True Fun, Mund Auf Augen, Peking, China
  Light Unit, Podewil, Berlin
1996   Möbius Zirkus, in The Butterfly Effect, Mûcsarnok (Kunsthalle), Budapest
  Berlin Viewfinder (intervention), Berlin
  Auf der Suche nach Walter Ruttmann, Holographic Network, Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin
   Möbius Zirkus, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
  The Hammer on the Anvil, in Object Video, Oberösterreichische Landesgalerie, Linz, Austria
  Looking for Walter Ruttmann, in Beyond Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest
1997   The Hammer on the Anvil, in Media Res, Photographie and Media Art from Berlin, Istanbul, Turkey
  Light Unit, in Vidéologie, Institut Français, Budapest, and the Intermedia Department of the Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
  Berlin Viewfinder, Goethe-Institut Budapest
1998   Light Unit, Vidéoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Grants and Awards

1980   Special Mention for a First Work, Video Rome
1984   Special Prize, 1. Marler Video-Kunst-Preises
1987   P.S.1 Stipendium, New York
1991   Prix Saint-Gervais, SIV 4, Geneva, Switzerland
1992   Main Prize, DokumentART, Neubrandenburg, Germany
  The Best Discovery Video Award, Nouvo Cinéma de Montréal, Québec (Canada)
1992-93   Nipkow Stipendium, Berlin
1993   Special Mention, Prix Futura Berlin
  Golden Gate Award, Special Jury Award, San Francisco Film Festival
1996   First Prize, RETINA '96, 5th International Film & Video Festival, Szigetvár, Hungary


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