Philadelphia, PA 19122
Krzysztof Wodiczko emigrated twice, from Poland to Canada and then from Canada to the United States. He now shares his time between New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a professor a head of Interrogative Design Group, and a director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Since 1980, has created over 70 Public Projections of still and video images that critically animate historic monuments and civic edifices. Public Projections with still images include: The Grand Army Plaza Memorial Arch, Brooklyn, NY (1983); The South African Embassy, London (1985); The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. (1988); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1989),The Lenin Monument, Berlin (1990) and Arco de la Victoria, Madrid (1991). Public Projections involving sound and motion began with City Hall Tower, Krakow (1996) and later engaged the following monumental city symbolic structers: Bunker Hill Monument, Boston (1998); A-Bomb Dome, Hiroshima (1999); El Centro Cultural, Tijuana, Mexico (2001); facade of the National Gallery in Warsaw (2005) and the Kustmuseum Basel, Switzerald (2006). The Hiroshima Projection, was organized after Krzysztof Wodiczko was awarded the Hiroshima Art Prize.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wodiczko has also developed a series of tools and devices for urban interventions, such as Homeless Vehicle (1988-89), Poliscar (1991), as well as portable and wearable communication instrumentations such as Alien Staff (1992), Porte-Parole (1994), AEgis (2000) and Dis-Armor (1999-present). Dis-Armor, which was first developed for the City of Hiroshima, than was on view in the Triennial exhibition at the International Center of Photography and more recently in the exhibition the Interventionists at MASS MoCA.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Design is pleased to announce three events with Peter Greenaway, made possible by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts.
The project takes the form of a city-wide collaborative installation on the occasion of the film director's visit to Philadelphia in April 2012, and has been organized in partnership with Slought Foundation and the Cinema Studies and Fine Arts Programs at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. Luper was born in Newport, Wales in 1911. He was in Moab, Utah in 1928 when Uranium was 'discovered' there, and he was in Antwerp in 1939 when the Germans invaded Belgium. He was in Rome when the Americans arrived in 1944, and he met Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest in 1945 and followed him to Moscow in the 1950s. He was at an East-West German checkpoint in 1963, and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of 92 suitcases found around the world - 92 being the atomic number of the element Uranium. These suitcases tell Luper's story from 1928 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, sketching not so much the biography of one man as the story of a century related through some of its key events.
The calendar of events featuring Peter Greenaway in Philadelphia includes evening screenings at Slought on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30pm; an evening presentation "New Possibilities" at the University of Pennsylvania on April 11th; and an evening conversation at Slought on April 13th at 6:30pm. Registration will be required for admission to the April 11 event.