The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), in collaboration with the Design Lab of Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, organized the visit to Chile of Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko, interdisciplinary artist and Professor in Residence of Art Design and the Public Domain at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
This first phase of the project will be followed by two workshops to be held during Fall 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Professor Wodiczko's visit is part of the Designing for Civic Engagement: Instruments of Expression, Dialogue and Collective Critique research project, one of the twelve projects included in the 2013-14 Harvard-Chile Innovation Initiative, which provides start-up funds for collaborations between Harvard and Chilean colleagues for joint research and programs. This Initiative is sponsored by Chile’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) and the Ministry of the Economy.
Krzysztof Wodiczko is Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at the GSD. He is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has realized more than eighty such public projections in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication.
Since 1985, he has held many major retrospectives at such institutions as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Fundacion Tapies, Barcelona; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw; de Apel, Amsterdam, and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. His work has been exhibited in Documenta, Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Kyoto Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and in many other major international art festivals and exhibitions. He and the architect Julian Bonder have designed the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France, which is under construction.
Wodiczko was awarded the Hiroshima Prize in 1998 for his contribution as an artist to world peace. He is also the recipient of the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Georgy Kepes Award, the Katarzyna Kobro Prize, and the "Gloria Artis" Golden Medal from the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2009, he represented Poland in the Venice Biennale, developed the War Veteran Projection Vehicle in Liverpool and the Veterans' Flame project at Governors Island in New York, and presented the "Veteran Project" (an interior video-projection installation) at the ICA in Boston. He is currently developing new public art projects in Poland and France.
The work of Wodiczko has been the subject of numerous publications, including Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews (1999), Krzysztof Wodiczko: Guests (2009), and City of Refuge: A 9/11 Memorial (2010).