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Tamás Waliczky, Gramophone, 1989.

Tamás Waliczky to Represent Hungary at 2019 Venice Biennale

Animation and new media artist Tamás Waliczky has been selected to represent Hungary at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will take place from May 11 to November 24, 2019. Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák will curate the pavilion. The artist’s presentation, titled “Cameras—Imaginary Cameras and Other Optical Devices,” will feature fictional photographic and movie cameras, as well as projectors, that were first conceived by Waliczky in 2016.

Perhaps best known for his “Machines” series from 1989—a group of black-and-white computer graphics of photography equipment, which won him the Golden Nica Award of Ars Electronica—Waliczky creates works that question how we see the world. Born in Budapest in 1959, Waliczky began producing animations at the age of nine and later expanded his practice to include the media of painting, illustration, photography, and digital art.

A longtime arts educator, the artist has held professorships at the German institutions the Hochscule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Saarbrücken and the Fachhochschule Mainz, as well as at the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. His work has been featured in international exhibitions such as the Biennale de Lyon and the Biennial of Seville and can be found in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany, and the Ludwig Museum in Budapest.

Among the pieces that will be showcased in the biennial are digitally designed analog machines, which will be presented as lightboxes; animations about cameras; and a digital, interactive version of one of his inventions. Waliczky’s work is currently on display at Ani Molnár Gallery in Budapest, where it will remain on view until October 6.

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