Since the early 1980s Krzysztof Wodiczko has been working to democratize the public space of contemporary cities. He has realized over 90 projections on buildings and monuments, bringing them to life with the voices and gestures of homeless people, immigrants, victims of violence, and war veterans. His political and social projections have addressed issues of human rights, democracy, violence, and alienation. With his performative Instruments and Vehicles Wodiczko seeks to enable the marginalized and estranged to participate in public life. Recent works have an anti-war theme and examine the way that culture commemorates wars. In keeping with the avant-garde tradition he develops technological means of expressing dissent and changing the world around us.
Krzysztof Wodiczko is a recipient of the 1998 Hiroshima Art Prize, and has realized several projects in Japan together with institutions, activists and local communities, including Hiroshima (1999), which makes use of testimonies by victims of the nuclear bombing; the Survival Projection in Yokohama (2011) with victims of the Tōhoku earthquake; and Dis-Armor (2000), a psycho-cultural device designed as a communications tool for alienated Japanese school students.