Krzysztof Wodiczko, talk

Dissolving Borders: Art, Counter Surveillance and Technology

Krzysztof Wodiczko will be a guest of nctm e l’arte in a meeting dedicated to the way artists can fit into the public discourse about the basics of law and justice.

The meeting will take place on the occasion of the project Loro (Them), commissioned and produced, in Milan, by More Art.

Krzysztof Wodiczko – born in Warsaw in 1943 and active for years in the United States – has always expresses his activity in terms of participation in public life.

The artist has always focused on the central nodes of contemporary debate, weaving together wide-ranging themes such as coexistence, citizenship, representation. More specifically, Wodiczko is committed to disclosing lives and stories which would otherwise go untold.

If his first cycles of works, Instruments and Vehicles, already gave shape to a critical-utopian vision, which started, however, from a precise observation of reality, since the Eighties the artist has begun to combine attention to situations of marginalization with the use of new technologies.

In many cases his action has focused on buildings and monuments which he critically reinterpreted in their historical meaning and then turned into places for meeting and dialogue. These interventions involve the projection, on the buildings, of videos and images that invert their meaning; so, Wodiczko dramatizes and problematizes the meaning of monuments, unmasking their rhetoric; and, at the same time, he gives face and voice to neglected figures.

The artist currently uses drones in his work.

On the occasion of the meeting organized for nctm e l’arte Wodiczko will present a reflection on artistic approaches to the use of technologies, now pervasively present, and on how language and practice, methods and means of the work of art can evolve over time, in relation to the reality they express.

On June 6-7-8, 2019 Wodickzo will realize in Milan, with the support of nctm e l’arte, the performance Loro (Them), commissioned and produced by More Art.

Krzysztof Wodiczko with Gabi Scardi
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Gabi Scardi and Micaela Martegani
Krzysztof Wodiczko with Gabi Scardi