Walking as One: Magyar and Muybridge

News of a timebased photography project

In the Summer of 2010 Adam Magyar, a Hungarian artist living in Berlin, will visit the UK to make two significant commissions, produced by Rhubarb-Rhubarb. We are inviting the public to come and walk for the camera and return to see themselves as part of large scale outdoor image installations….

This is the type of image which Adam makes – creating a sense of solidarity as people walk together in the same direction. Of course the people on the right are a few minutes older than the people on the left…


Magyar will create two large-scale outdoor installations, working with Newham Council and Birmingham Cultural Partnership. A minimum of 300 local people will be needed to create each image. The camera used to create the installations records a scene one pixel at a time to capture movement. Using the same technologies as those used on the Olympic Finish Line, photographer Ádám Magyar has built his own software to transpose the thousands of slices per second, captured by the camera, “to create stunning images which embrace time and space in a most intriguing way”.

Walking As One – Birmingham

Birmingham’s motto is Forward, which fits perfectly with the motion created in Adam’s images. Based in Birmingham, Rhubarb Rhubarb are delighted that the Walk for the Camera will take place as part of the city’s participation in the London 2012 Open Weekend – a UK wide participatory event which celebrates the cultural aspect of the games.

The finished work will be unveiled on 1 August at 5.30pm on the enormous hoarding outside the new site of the Library of Birmingham. Magyar’s print will be shown alongside a historical print by Eadweard Muybridge drawn from the nationally and internationally significant collection of photographs held by the Library of Birmingham and Archives Services. Like Magyar, Muybridge developed a particular technological solution to reveal everyday motion.

Muybridge’s late nineteenth century image captured 24 phases of motion at intervals of 87 thousandth’s of a second. Magyar’s instrument captures thousands of pieces of data per second. Both explore the most universally shared way of moving through time and space – walking. Walking As One will remain outside the Library for 2 months, and there will be another chance to see more of Adam’s work, including the walks that didn’t make the final cut, at The Mailbox, five minutes walk from Centenary Square between 24th July and 5th August.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport and Culture at Birmingham City Council, said: “The site hoardings at the Library of Birmingham have been the focus of much attention of late, with the unveiling of the first ‘Faces’ of the project together with the installation of the pioneering living wall, and we’re excited to announce this latest addition. We are delighted to be working with Rhubarb Rhubarb and Adam Magyar on this very special project to celebrate the National Cultural Olympiad Weekend, and we’re sure that the people of Birmingham will be impressed by the Walking As One exhibition.”

Rhubarb Rhubarb and Adam Magyar are inviting 300 people to sign up for the walk on the 24th July at 6pm at Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham.

Newham Council, Rhubarb Rhubarb and Adam Magyar are inviting 300 people to sign up for the walk on the 17th July at 5pm at the Mayor’s Newham Show, Central Park, East Ham, London.

To take part please register at: http://www.walkingasone.net

Walking As One – London
Newham, London – Saturday 17 July – 5 pm. Newham Show, Upton Park, East Ham
Image site – outside Stratford Station on the famous Blue Fence
Date of unveiling to be confirmed

Walking As One – Birmingham
Birmingham – Saturday 24 July – 6 pm. Centenary Square, Broad Street, City Centre – part of the London 2012 Open Weekend (In case of rain, the walk will be held across the stage of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre)
Image site – New Library of Birmingham Hoarding, Centenary Square
To be unveiled on Sunday 1st August at 5.30 pm

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This post by Stephen Herbert