Projection/ Memory/ Monument

With Krzysztof Wodiczko

The course will introduce the participants to the process of development of artistic concepts and proposals for the interior and outdoor projections that examine, engage, and transform the meaning of the forms of existing environment such as domestic and workspaces as well as architectural, sculptural, and natural monuments.

The course will be divided into two parts.
The first part, three weeks long, will be devoted to the use of a projector for artistic experiments that engage the parts, details, and objects of the existing and accessible interior spaces. These experiments will be video documented to be shared and discussed.
The second part of the course will focus on the development of the exterior projection concepts and proposals for the installations, interventions, or participatory events to engage the architectural, sculptural, or natural forms and monuments. Such projection proposals will assume the final form of a descriptions, visualizations, or video simulation created in anticipation of their potential public presentations and implementation. Potential projection sites will be selected by the course participants themselves in mutual consultations and discussions that will be begin early in the course. Practical experiments with such public sites (or their fragments or details), are not expected but welcomed if some among the course participants have the multimedia experience and access to appropriate projection equipment.

The course meetings will consist of the breakup room discussions and group reviews focusing on the projects in progress, supplemented by the selected readings and presentations that address aesthetic ideas and artistic practice relevant to the course.

The minimum requirements:

1.Basic experience in photography, video, photoshop and video montage, and an access to a digital camera, a computer, a smartphone, and related software.
2. An access to a miniprojector or a home video projector with a computer/smartphone connector, best wireless and battery rechargeable and with an audio-out port.

Recommended low cost miniprojector: “Apeman M4/M4S Mini Pocket DLP Projector1080P

Enrollment deadline: September 26, 2023

September 26th - November 7th

4 - 6:30 pm EST


$2,000 New Student
$1,750 Returning Student

Krzysztof Wodiczko born 1943 in Warsaw, Poland, lives and works in New York City, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Warsaw, Poland
Krzysztof Wodiczko is a former director of Interrogative Design Group at MIT, and presently a professor of Art, Design and the Public Domain at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He received his Ph.D 2022 in Visual Arts from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.
He is renowned for his large-scale projections on architectural facades, and monuments. He has realized over ninety of such projections in twenty countries.
Since the 1980s, through his projections and communicative instruments, he works with marginalized city residents on enforcing their public voice and expression.
Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work was presented at Documenta, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Liverpool Biennial, Montreal Biennale, Yokohama Triennial and many other international art exhibitions and festivals.
He is a recipient of 4th Hiroshima Art Prize “for his contribution as an artist to the world peace”.
He has held retrospective exhibitions at Walker Art Center, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and other museums and art centers.
Krzysztof Wodiczko is an author of Critical Vehicles, MIT Press, City of Refuge: Sept. 11, The Abolition of War, The Transformative Avant-Garde, and other books including a large monograph Krzysztof Wodiczko, published by Black Dog Press, London.
His work is presented in PBS television series Art in the Twenty-First Century.
A documentary film Krzysztof Wodiczko: The Art of Un-War directed by Maria Niro has been released this year.

MONUMENT Krzysztof Wodiczko collaborated with twelve refugees who have been resettled in the United States; their filmed likenesses and spoken narratives are superimposed on the historic 1881 monument to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, lauded in his day as a Union naval hero during the Civil War.
Loro (Them) Milan, 2019 For More Art’s premiere international commission, Krzysztof Wodiczko worked closely with members of Milan’s growing immigrant population to explore the complexities of life as a refugee on a continent that is increasingly hostile towards foreign newcomers.
Whitney Museum of American Art New York, New York, 1989 The projection took place at a time when in the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev had initiated democratization processes known under the collective name of glasnost (transparency), whereas in the United States, on the initiative of Senators Jesse Helms and Alphonse D’Amato, a debate had started on the censorship of artistic activities subsidized by the federal government, as a result of which the National Endowment for the Arts introduced more restrictive policies and stopped supporting art criticized by the conservatives.
My Wish National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2017 In this projection, inspired by the recent social movement in Korea, various Koreans, including a mother of a victim in the Sewol ferry disaster, a fired laborer, a North Korean defector and a gay rights activist, tell their stories upon a replica statue of the Korean independence fighter and politician Kim Koo (1876-1949).

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