Wittgenstein Tractatus

Hungary / 1992 / documentary / 32' / Péter Forgács Retrospective

An experimental film essay based on "The Logical Philosophical Treatise" by Wittgenstein – the philosopher’s only work published during his lifetime. Juxtaposing archival, black and white photos from the early 1900s with oral and written quotes, Forgács illustrates the key concepts for the Viennese philosopher, such as logic, language and reality with its representations. Discomforting music adds meaning to grainy figures. Today we already know that their apparent carelessness forebodes gloomy future.

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Péter Forgács

Media artist and independent filmmaker based in Budapest whose works have been exhibited worldwide. He has made more than thirty films, including the best-known award-winning series Private Hungary based on home movies from the 1930s and 1960s. His international debut came with The Bartos Family (1988), which was awarded the Grand Prix of the World Wide Video Festival in the Hague. In 1983, Forgács established the Private Photo & Film Archives Foundation (PPFA) in Budapest, an exceptional collection of amateur film footage which served as the raw data for his unique re-orchestrations of history. In 2002, the Getty Research Institute held an exhibit of his installation “The Danube Exodus: Rippling Currents of the River”. He has received several international festival awards and his films were presented at many international festivals around the world. His highly recognized works are part of numerous public museum and university collections.

Wittgenstein Tractatus