LUMIERE DERRY-LONDONDERRY 2013
A mobile artwork projecting testimonies of local people onto the sides of buildings across the city.
Krzysztof Wodiczko worked with some of the city’s residents to create a mobile artwork of their words and voices. Krzysztof is renowned for his large-scale slide projections around the world and his work often involves the active participation of a city’s marginalised or estranged residents. For this new commission, he worked with local community groups and the Verbal Arts Centre, fitting a projector to the roof of an ambulance.
Krzysztof devised this work to reflect and explore the testimonies of residents. The words from these stories were projected onto nearby buildings, with an audio soundscape for the piece.
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, 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.
He is Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
The work of Wodiczko has been the subject of numerous publications, including Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects,