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TU Berlin Audiovisual Center (Film Production)

TU Berlin's film holdings, produced over several decades by the Audiovisual Center (AVZ), are a one-of-a-kind collection illustrating the history of teaching and research at the University. The AVZ's film productions were almost exclusively analog. In recent years, many have been digitized and produced as DVDs, which can be viewed in the University Archives reading room.

Origin and development of the AVZ (film production)

The TU Berlin's Audiovisual Center (AVZ) was the first of its kind among German universities and produced films for various areas of the university under the direction of Dipl.-Ing. Gunther Gude. The starting point for its film work was the pilot project "Audiovisual Information Transfer in Architectural Education," which was developed and tested between 1975 and 1979 under the direction of Professor G. Nedeljkov in the Department of Architecture.

In its early years, the AVZ mainly created presentation videos to support various University institutes at trade fairs (especially at the Hannover Messe). It later expanded its work to documenting institutes (such as the Produktionstechnisches Zentrum - PTZ) and important developments within the University (e.g. the Berliner Innovations- und Gründerzentrum - BIG or technology transfer workshops) on film. The AVZ has also made informational films about the University in cooperation with the Press Office to commemorate important anniversaries in the University's history (e.g. "TU Berlin Seit 50 Jahren Universität," "Von der Bauakademie zur Technischen Universität Berlin").

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