The exhibition ‘Future and the Arts: AI, Robotics, Cities, Life – How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow’ at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, dedicated to visions of the future in the work of artists combining visual arts and new technologies, features the effect of collaboration between a veteran artist in this field, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
The project, carried out with the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, will be yet another presentation of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work in Japan. The artist, known for his social involvement, divides his time between New York, Boston and Warsaw, also working as a professor at Harvard University and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. A designer by profession, he uses his engineering and design experience to expand the possibilities of art. Wodiczko works with projections, video and audio to create a platform to give voice to those who have been pushed to the edges of society because of traumatic events such as homelessness, sickness, war and exile. Since 1980, Krzysztof Wodiczko has created over 80 Public Projections of still and video images that critically animate historic monuments and public buildings around the world. One such work, created in 1999, on the 54th anniversary of atomic bombing of Hiroshima, was a projection on the A-Bomb Dome with recordings of the victims of the explosion.
The artist has received numerous awards, including the 4th Hiroshima Art Prize (1998) 'for his contribution as an artist to the world peace', Kepes Arts Prize (2004) and the Katarzyna Kobro Award (2006). He was also awarded the Gloria Artis Medal (2009) by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The presentation of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s work at the Mori Art Museum is part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan.
Source: press materials, Culture.pl, originally written in Polish by PP, AW, 19 Nov 2019, translated by AW, 25 Nov 2019