Krzysztof Wodiczko (1995-09-22)

Krzysztof Wodiczko
Practice: Photography, Installation and Performance
Date of Lecture: 1995-09-22

Wodiczko_Krzysztof_w01Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, 1984-1985 © Krzysztof Wodiczko, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York

Krzysztof Wodiczko received his M.F.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland (1962-8) and since 1977, he has worked in Australia, Canada and the United States. Wodiczko is best-known for his public intervention pieces that expose the underlying power structures and historical acts of dominance that foreground the allocation of civic space. His series, Public Projections (1982-1992), involved projecting large-scale imagery onto the facades of municipal architecture and monuments. Both subversive and democratically permissible, the works question the ostensible function and ownership of public sites.

Continuing his interest in how design, performance, and media interact to encourage a dialogue for social change, Wodiczko designed The Homeless Vehicle (1987-8). As a multi-purpose shelter and means of transport for the homeless, the project also drew attention to the problem of urban poverty. Interested in questions of immigration and communication, Wodiczko created the Alien Staff in 1992. This walking stick-like device featured a transparent container housing valuable papers, such as the owner’s work visa and green card.

Wodiczko’s theoretical writings are featured in two collections, Krzysztof Wodiczko: Art Public/Art Critique (1995) and Critical Vehicles (1999). He is currently the Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Additional Links: http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/krzysztof-wodiczko