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GIDEST Seminar: Krzysztof Wodiczko

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

University Center, Room 411 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

This seminar is a discussion of a pre-circulated paper. It can be found on the GIDEST site for attendees to read in advance.


Krzysztof Wodiczko, Professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, is world-renowned for his pioneering, large-scale video projections on landmark architecture and public monuments that explore the relationships between art, democracy, war, trauma and healing. His practice, Interrogative Design, combines art and technology to highlight marginal social communities and add legitimacy to cultural issues that are often given little design attention. 

He has realized more than eighty public projections in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, and, since 1985, held major retrospectives at many prominent institutions, such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Fundació Tàpies, Barcelona; 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. 

Professor Wodiczko is the recipient of a number of highly prestigious awards, including the Hiroshima Prize for his contribution as an artist to world peace, 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. His work has been the subject of a number of critical publications and anthologies, including Counter Monuments: Krzysztof Wodiczko's Public Projections, Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews (1999), Krzysztof Wodiczko: Guests (2009), and City of Refuge: A 9/11 Memorial (2010).

This event is part of the bi-weekly GIDEST Seminars presented by the Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography, & Social Thought at The New School.

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