Concept: Tamás Waliczky, Anna Szepesi
Programming: Tamás Waliczky, Wolfgang Muench
Focusing was commissioned by PHOTO 98: The UK Year of Photography and the Electronic Image.
Focusing is made up of hundreds of photographs and can be viewed equally as a personal, digital photo-album as well as a visionary metaphor for Europe. Starting with the blurred, simulated photograph of an imaginary street on which a crowd of people has gathered, it is possible to investigate individual members of the crowd and the relationships between them. The camera in this case is the interface.
Tamás Waliczky, born in Hungary in 1959; works as a painter, film cartoonist and computer-animation filmmaker. He was artist-in-residence at the ZKM-Institute for Visual Media in 1992, and subsequently a member of the Institute's research staff (1993-97) before taking up a guest professorship at the Hochschule der Bildenden Kunste Saar, Saarbrucken in 1997. The International Academy of Media Arts and Science (IAMAS) in Gifu, Japan, has chosen Waliczky as artist-in-residence in 1998/99. His works are in various public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Oppenheimer Collection, Bonn, and the Scan Video Gallery, Tokyo.