János Sugár


János Sugár (8 July 1958, Budapest) is a Hungarian artist, filmmaker, and a founding member of the Media Research Foundation.

He studied sculpture at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts (1979-1984) and was an active member of the Indigo group led by Miklós Erdély between 1979 and 1986. With Erdély he organised the discussion series Gyorskultúra [Fast Culture] between 1984-1988. He was a member of the Béla Balázs Studio since 1985 and a member of its board of directors between 1990-1995. Between 1987-1988 and 1989-1990 he gave a series of lectures entitled Alternative Film School with Miklós Peternák for the Scientific Dissemination Society at the Attila József Free University. In the 1980s he was repeatedly awarded the Studio Prize and later the Derkovits Scholarship, and in 2006 he received the Munkácsy Prize. Since the early 1980s he has participated in numerous major national and international group exhibitions, including the São Paulo Biennale in 1991, Documenta in Kassel in 1992, the Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam in 1996, and, as a development of the latter, together with Yuri Leiderman, at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest in 1998. In 1988 and 1999 he was a fellow of Experimental Intermedia in New York. A selection of his films was shown at the Anthology Film Archives, New York in 1998.

Meanwhile, he is one of the founders of the Department of Intermedia at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, has been a professor of art and media theory since 1990, and has been head of the department for several years.

In 1994, he was a resident at the Cleveland Institute of Art in the Artslink program.

Founding member of the Media Research Foundation, which in 1994, 1995 and 1996 organized the MetaForum conference series with Geert Lovink and Diana McCarty.

Since 2007, he has been one of the presenters of Tilos Radio’s Alkotás útja, a thematic programme of live discussions and demonstrations on contemporary visual art.

He co-edited two books on media theory, Hyper text + Multimédia (Artpool, 1996) and Buldózer: Médiaelméleti antológia (Media Research Foundation, 1997).

Early in his career he was interested, among other things, in the interactions resulting from the radical fusion of classic graphic reproduction processes. In addition to his art and public actions, he has created post-conceptual installations, films, videos, theatre sets, television and radio programmes. (2022)

He lives in Budapest.

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