IDG head Krzysztof Wodiczko was honored in Poland last week with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Restitution (Polonia Restituta) from the Polish government:
Archive footage of Adam Whiton discussing Interrogative Design was posted on the art21 blog:
Kathleen MacQueen presented Collective Conviction: Krzystof Wodiczko's "Inner Public" at the Third Annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference at SBU:
In the fall of 2005, the large inner space of a New York City Chelsea district gallery is darkened; the tall floor-to-ceiling windows that face the street have been repeated in the
interior so that when I enter, I also have the impression of being about to leave, drawn to the exterior light that filters through these frosted panels but fails to fill the gallery space. Figures, silhouetted behind the haze, move in and out of the window frame giving me the impression of watching workers taking a cigarette break outside. Instead I am viewing Krzysztof Wodiczko's interior, high definition, life-size projection: If you see something...
Out of Here: The Veterans Project, is the new immersive installation, now showing at the ICA, Boston. The installation is a result of long work with veterans exploring the chaos and confusion of war.
An article By Sebastian Smee
Theater of war
From the article:
"You have to imagine it, because you’re not going to see it. You will, however, hear it. And what your ears will tell you is that you’re inside a room, perhaps a coffeehouse, and that you are somewhere in Iraq. You will hear the babbling of a TV and, outside, the sounds of market haggling and the chants of an imam.
You won’t see anything except - through a series of dirty windows (which are not in fact windows, but video projections high up on the wall) - the sky. - - - "
Arifa Akbar writes in The Independent :
Words of war
The artist, Krzysztof Wodiczko, launched his hard-hitting work, War Veterans Vehicle, with a bang yesterday. He projected the words of Iraq and Afghanistan ex-war vets across Liverpool's landmarks accompanied by audio recordings of the interviews played through a PA system on the street. One vet's stark words said: "Think before you sign up. It's not as rosy as you think. You will fight other people's wars. Within one second, here today gone tomorrow. So simple. So sad. You can be shot."
Rhizome's Peter Merrington has a writeup on Abandon Normal Devices with mention of the War Veteran Vehicle:
The software becomes the agent to ‘shoot’ visual and aural blasts into the public realm and into the imaginations of passersby. The fragments of speech that were projected were taken directly from discussions with local ex-soldiers and their families about their experience of returning home from war. The British Armed Forces recruit heavily in Liverpool and the northwest of England, thus the project had a particular resonance in the area. The participants worked in partnership with Combat Stress, a charity that specialises in the care of British Veterans who have been profoundly traumatised by harrowing experiences during their service career. As Wodiczko explained in a moving public talk alongside a veteran and his partner, the projections act as a continuation of war into a different theater. For him, the aim is to break the silence within the public sphere about the traumatic experiences of war on soldiers and, also, their families and friends who are often profoundly affected by the return of their loved ones. Wodiczko wants to give soldiers and their families the opportunity to share their experiences, to act in part as psychotherapy and to use the public arena as a healing space. War Veteran Vehicle conveys the lack of public understanding and the impossibility of comprehension of the experiences of those who go to war.
"This vehicle is a communication vehicle," Wodiczko, 66, told the Liverpool Daily Post.
"We're basically firing our ammunition - firing the truth, trying to create some impact, acoustic and visual."
and listen here
Ben Schofield covered the event for the Liverpool Daily Post:
Mr Wodiczko continued: “They are being trained to be constantly aggressive, to be warriors. But there’s no training for them to become un-warriors, to become the way they were before.
“These people are still continuing the war, but at home, and the war is to break the wall between those that know what the war is and those that don’t.”
Also, the Art in Liverpool Blog covered the opening here.
The War Veteran Vehicle will be projecting for five consecutive nights starting tomorrow, as part of Abandon Normal Devices in Liverpool.
We ran some tests last night:
An interview between Krzysztof Wodiczko and Giuliana Bruno was put online at the art21 blog by Bomb Magazine:
In Liverpool as the FACT team readies the War Veteran Vehicle for projection.
Art in Liverpool write:
A main component of the project is a British military vehicle, which has been converted into a roving projection unit and driven by veterans through the streets of Liverpool. The vehicle’s gun placements, re-fitted with a video projector and p.a. system, transmit the testimonies of soldiers and their families onto the facades of buildings and monuments in the city.
Renowned internationally for his socially engaged, politically charged work, Wodiczko’s last work in the UK created a sensation in 1985 when he projected the image of a Swastika on the front of the South African embassy on Trafalgar Square, and a scud missile on Nelson’s Column. This is the first time he has returned to the UK or created new work here since then.
NOW? Public Projections and Instrumentations / Krzysztof Wodiczko in conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi
JB took some photos of the event yesterday. Link
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Cristina Ruiz writes:
Wodiczko believes more should be done to help soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. “One must change to become a warrior,” he says. “There is a process of preparation for the way one must act as a soldier in order to survive and fulfil one’s duty before going to war. Why are there no training camps or instructions or preparation before coming back home? How [are soldiers expected to] come back and enter the minds and bodies of civilians?”