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May 14, 2019

Hungarian pavilion opens at 58th Venice Biennale

Hungary opened its pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring Imaginary Cameras, an exhibition by innovator artist Tamás Waliczky

Hungary opened its pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring Imaginary Cameras, an exhibition by innovator artist Tamás Waliczky.

“Waliczky has been creating art by computer as far back as the 1980s, when the concept of computer art was virtually unknown,” Australian new media artist Jeffrey Shaw said at the opening of the Hungarian pavilion.

According to Rmx.news, Imaginary Cameras focuses on how the invention of new picture recording devices has influenced our ways of seeing, or even more importantly, how the worldviews of their inventors often predetermined the mechanisms of the apparatus and the character of the images the device can create.

Waliczky’s 23 precisely constructed fantasy machines (cameras, projectors, viewers) reveal alternative renderings of reality through analogue mechanisms, while at the same time dissolving the opposition between seeing and knowing, computer vision and human vision.

Hungary has been a regular participant at the Venice Biennale since its inception in 1895. This year the art exhibition expects half a million visitors.

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