Peter Tscherkassky

Peter Tscherkassky,
born in 1958, started filming in 1979. Today he is acclaimed as one of the most significant
artists in the field of avant-garde filmmaking. His films have been honored with more than 50 awards including
the Golden Gate Award (San Francisco), Main Prize at Oberhausen, and Best Short Film at the Venice Film
Festival. Tscherkassky earned his PhD. in philosophy in 1986 with a dissertation entitled "Film as Art", and
started teaching in 1988. He has organized several film festivals and curated countless film programs.
Since 1984 he has published numerous essays on avant-garde film and in 1995 co-edited "Peter Kubelka"
(with Gabriele Jutz). In 1990 he co-founded "sixpackfilm." In 2005 Instructions for A Light And Sound Machine
was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and a bilingual (English/German) monograph entitled "Peter
Tscherkassky" was published. His light box installations have been exhibited throughout the world, including
a one-person show at the renowned Gallery naechst St. Stephan/Rosemarie Schwarzwaelder. 2008: Lecture
and world premiere of the original 35mm version of Parallel Space: Inter-View (1992) at the Louvre in Paris.
2010: World premiere of Coming Attractions at the 67th Mostra internazionale d´arte cinematografica di
Venezia (Premio Orizzonti Cortometraggio). 2012: Editor of the book "Film Unframed: A History of Austrian
Avant-Garde Cinema." In the 2012 ranking of the "Greatest Films of All Time," published every ten years by the
BFI film magazine "Sight & Sound," Outer Space was honored with the ranking of position #322 (Filmmakers
poll) and position #377 (Critics poll), based on 846 top-ten lists of cinephiles including directors, academics,
distributors, curators and writers from 73 countries who collectively cited 2,045 different films. Instructions for
a Light and Sound Machine was honored with the ranking of position #894 (Critics poll).