Imaginary Cameras. Hungary at the 58th Venice Biennale

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Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák was a guest lecturer in the introduction to Visual Culture module

The Venice Biennale has been one of the biggest international exhibitions of the world since its opening in 1895. The exhibition preserved its original character. There is one central exhibition and different are different national exhibitions and a centre based on national presentations. Hungary was among the first of those nations that built its own pavilion. Hungary has its national pavilion since 1906. This year Hungary will be represented by media artist Tamás Waliczky, a prominent representative of contemporary new media art. He has been working with computers since 1983, and he is a pioneer and an eminent representative of Hungarian digital art.

When photography was invented there were two or three parallel methods to fix the image of reality. Tamás Walitczky explores the history of photography in a special way. He gives a chance to those cameras, ways of photography that actually were never built but could have been built. He constructs these cameras digitally, he creates imaginary cameras. He leaves it for us to imagine what kind of pictures these imaginary cameras could have taken.

Art historian Zsuzsa Szegedy-Maszák, curator of the Hungarian Pavilion followed the story of the Venice biennials, introduced the work of Tamás Waliczky and explained the concept of the exhibition, giving us an insider’s information before the actual opening. If you have a chance check out the real event in Venice. It is open from11 May through 24 November, 2019 .

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BSc in Management with Arts

Hedvig Turai

  • Tutor and supervisor of doctoral students
  • Arts & General Education