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Agnes Hegedüs

Year of birth, place
1964, Budapest, Hungary
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist, Artist of the Collection
Institute / Department
Institute for Visual Media

After early video works in the early nineties, Agnes Hegedüs went on to develop initial interactive installations. She creates works on basic themes of cultural activity and challenges the viewer to enter into a dialogue or game. In many of her works, there is a growing awareness of the communicative or exploratory gesture as the basis of an orientation in the world. The combination of simple ritualised gestures and complex image genesis illustrates the difficult relationship between potential and use in the application of current technologies.

1985-88 Studied Photography and Video Art at the Academy for Applied Arts in Budapest
1988 Studied at the Minerva Academie, Groningen
1988-90 Studied at the Academy of Art (AKI), Enschede
1990 Post-Graduate Studies with Peter Weibel at the Städelschule, Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt/Main

1990-93 Scholarship from the Stichting Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, the Netherlands
1992 Artist in residence at the ZKM⎢Institute for Visual Media, Karlsruhe
1993 Prisma Prize for Computer Art of the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung for »The Fruit Machine«; Distinction in the Interactive Art category for »Handsight« of the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz
1994 Sparky Award from the Interactive Media Festival, Los Angeles

Solo exhibitions
1995 »Between the Words«, Kunst- und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

Group exhibitions (selection)
1989 »Europäisches Medienkunst Festival«, Osnabrück
1990 Art Video Hongrie, Straßburg; »Videofest '90«, Berlin
1991 »Artec '91«, Nagoya
1992 »Endo Nano - Ars Electronica«, Linz; »V2-Festival«, 's Hertogenbosch; »Videonale 5«, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
1993 »Machine Culture. The Virtual Frontier«, Siggraph '93, Anaheim,
1994 »Interactive Media Festival«, Los Angeles
1995 »Welcome to the Wired World - Ars Electronica«, Linz
1996 »Butterfly Effect«, Kunsthalle Budapest

»conFIGURING the CAVE«, NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo

Literature (selection)
Hegedüs, Agnes: "The Fruit Machine", The Council for the International Biennale in Nagoya (ed.): »The Third International Biennale in Nagoya - Artec '93«, Nagoya 1993; Hegedüs, Agnes; Takemura, M.: "How can we produce a Mental Space", NTT InterCommunication Center (ed.): »Media Passage«, Tokyo 1993; Hegedüs, Agnes: "The Televirtual Fruit Machine", »Fine Media«, Nr. 3, 1993; Boissier, Jean-Louis, Duguet; Anne-Marie; Terrier, Liliane (ed.): »Artifices 3 - Mise en mémoire/Accès a la mémoire - Installations Laboratoire Bibliothèque«, Saint-Denis 1994; Gerbel, Karl; Weibel, Peter: »Mythos Information - Welcome to the Wired World - Ars Electronica 95«, New York 1995; Museum of Contemporary Art (ed.): »Phantasmagoria - Pre-cinema to virtuality«, Sydney 1996


  • Cover der Publikation »MultiMediale 2«
    • Heinrich Klotz (Ed.)
    • MultiMediale 2
    • Karlsruhe, 1991
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German
  • Cover der Publikation »MultiMediale 3«
    • Heinrich Klotz (Ed.)
    • MultiMediale 3
    • 1993
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German
  • Cover der Publikation »Agnes Hegedüs: Interactive works«
  • Cover der Publikation »Multimediale 4«
    • Heinrich Klotz (Ed.)
    • Multimediale 4
    • 1995
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German
    • 6       Vorwort  


      10      Die Zweite Moderne – eine Diagnose           der Kunst der Gegenwart 12      Neue Medien - Neue Kriterien? 14      Das digitale Museum  


  • Cover der Publikation »Hardware, Software, Artware«
    • Hardware, Software, Artware
    • Cantz, Ostfildern, 1997
    • Anthology
    • Language: German and English
    • Technologies have evolved at breathtaking speed over the past century - from the first simple applications to highly specialized solutions in the fields of business, medicine, science, research and art. Hardware - Software - ARTware is a...

  • Cover der Publikation »Media-Art-History«
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien-Kunst-Geschichte«
  • Cover der Publikation »Surrogate 1«
    • Surrogate 1
    • 1998
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German and English
  • Cover der Publikation »Artintact 5«
    • Artintact 5
    • Cantz, Ostfildern, 1999
    • Anthology, CD-ROM/DVD
    • Language: German and English
    • »artintact« is an annual CD-ROMagazine in which the ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe presents pioneering works of Interactive media art. The 5th edition reflects developments in the context of ZKM – Masaki Fujihata and Agnes Hegedüs were...

  • Cover der Publikation »Update 2.0«
    • Update 2.0
    • 2000
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German and English
  • Cover der Publikation »Future Cinema«
    • Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel (Eds.)
    • Future Cinema
    • MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: English
    • One aspect of our globalization is the development of a worldwide network of technological standards and production, distribution, and presentation norms necessary in order to recoup, via distribution to the mass global market, vastly increased...

  • Cover der Publikation »Die algorithmische Revolution«
  • Cover der Publikation »Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2«
    • Rudolf Frieling and Dieter Daniels (Eds.)
    • Medien Kunst Netz 2 / Media Art Net 2
    • Springer, Wien und New York, 2005
    • Anthology
    • Language: German and English
    • http://www.mediaartnet.org

      Current discourses of media art in an international context: a book to accompany the online platform »Media Art Net«. A network of curators and writers explore seminal...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 10«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 10
    • 1992
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • With the last »Mediagram« in this year, and the tenth issue in September 1990, we undertake a kind of repositioning. It’s not dramatic, and possibly won’t even be immediately noticeable: henceforth the concept will feature to a greater extent the...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 11«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 11
    • 1993
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • Das Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) und die Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG) sind wieder einen Schritt weitergekommen. Das neue Jahr hat für uns einen verheißungsvollen Aufschwung gebracht. Sie können sich davon...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 13«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 13
    • 1993
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • Das »Mediagramm« konzentriert sich als Sondernummer diesmal ganz auf das Medienkunstfestival »Multimediale«. Die nächste Ausgabe, »Mediagramm 14«, erscheint im Januar und wird sich in der bewährten Weise wieder zur Hälfte der Berichterstattung...

  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 19«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 19
    • 1995
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • ...
      Heinrich Klotz "»Multimediale 4«. Zwischenschritt ins neue Haus" S. 2–3
      Heinrich Klotz "Ausstellungen. Fin de siècle" S. 4–5
  • Cover der Publikation »Mediagramm Nr. 27«
    • Mediagramm Nr. 26
    • 1997
    • Journal / Series
    • Language: German
    • Susanne Schuck "Vision 2000. Virtuelle Slotmaschine. Preise beim Internet-Wettbewerb vergeben" S. 2
      Gerd Schwandner "In eigener Sache. Neue...
  • Cover der Publikation »Future Cinema«
  • Cover der Publikation »(Dis)Locations«
    • Astrid Sommer (Ed.)
    • (Dis)Locations
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2001
    • Anthology, CD-ROM/DVD
    • Language: English
    • Photography, video, dance and music were the media and subjects of the first four issues of the ZKM digital arts edition, which were published in 1998 and 1999. While the first installments in this series devoted to important works of interactive...

  • Rotes Cover mit schwarzer Schrift.
  • Schwarzes Cover mit Durchbrüchen und weißer Schrift.
    • Heinrich Klotz (Ed.)
    • The Center for Art and Media Technology Karlsruhe
    • 1992
    • Anthology
    • Language: German, English and French
    • The Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe brings the arts and new forms of mediatagether in theory as weil as in practice. ZKM aims at fastering the creative possibilities of a connection between traditional forms of art and new media...

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