Public Projection in Madison Square Park, New York, New York
Digital color video, sound, 25 minutes
The Veteran Vehicle Project, 2008-09
Public vehicle and audio projection from military Humvee: Performing Arts Center, Denver, Colorado, 2008
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Dialog:City for the Democratic National Convention
Photo: Charles Roderick
Video with sound
Running time: 1:10
Edition of 6
…OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project, 2009–2011
Seven-channel color video with sound
8:20 minute loop
Linear dimensions: 98.3 feet (30 m)
Installation view: Galerie Lelong, New York, 2011
Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection, 2012
Public projection: Union Square, New York, 2012
Commissioned by More Art
Site-specific video-projection installation
Polish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2009
If You See Something..., 2005
Installation of four projected video images with sound
4 high-resolution video projectors, 4 computers, 5-channel sound installation
Each projection: 13 feet 4 inches x 48 inches (416 x 122 cm)
Installation view: Galerie Lelong, New York, 2005
The Tijuana Projection, 2001
Public projection: Centro Cultural de Tijuana, Mexico
Hiroshima Projection, 1999-2000
Public video projection at the A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima, Japan
Homeless Vehicle, Variant 5, c. 1988
Aluminum, fabric, wire cage, and hardware
60 x 36 x 56 inches (152.4 x 91.4 x 142.2 cm)
Collection Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Alien Staff, 1993
Wood, rubber, plastic, speaker, video cassette recorder, and video monitor
64 x 6 inches (162.6 x 15.2 cm)
Alien Staff (Xenobàcul) in Barcelona, 1992
Krzysztof Wodiczko is an internationally renowned artist known for large-scale projections on monuments and institutional facades that explore the relationships between communities, history, and public space. The artist has dealt extensively with trauma and healing in his projections, honoring people’s stories of pain, loss, and perseverance. Over many years, the projections have evolved from still slides to live and recorded videos utilizing individual’s faces, voices, and narratives. Wodiczko is also known for interactive instruments and vehicles that empower marginalized individuals and communities and give light to societal injustices.
On public buildings and monuments in more than 40 cities worldwide, Wodiczko has executed over 90 site-specific projections. He has created projections on the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (1988/2018); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (1989); Kraków’s City Hall Tower, Poland (1996); Boston’s Bunker Hill Monument, Massachusetts (1998); Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (2005); Goethe-Schiller Monument, Weimar, Germany (2016); and Admiral Farragut Monument in Madison Square Park, New York City (2020). Recent survey exhibitions include Krzysztof Wodiczko: Instruments, Monuments, Projections, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea (2017); Krzysztof Wodiczko, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) for Liverpool Biennial, England (2016); and Krzysztof Wodiczko: On Behalf of the Public Domain, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland (2015). Wodiczko’s instruments, vehicles, and documentation of his
projections can be found in over 20 museum and public collections worldwide including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Japan; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
Wodiczko is currently a professor and director of the Art Design and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He was formerly director of the Interrogative Design Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was a professor in the Art Culture and Technology Program. Amongst many recognitions and awards, Wodiczko received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1998. Wodiczko has authored ten books amongst notable contributions to academic and artistic publications; his writings have also been translated to Polish, French, Spanish, and Korean. A feature length documentary on Wodiczko’s practice, The Art of Un-War directed by Maria Niro, is anticipated to premiere in 2022.
Born in 1943 in Warsaw, Poland, Wodiczko lives and works in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.