Since the 1980s artist Krzysztof Wodiczko’s video projections on buildings have taken complex issues into public spaces. His latest work “Homeless Projection: Place des Arts, 2014” features homeless people talking about their lives, others’ perceptions of them, and their perceptions of others. Their conversations in English, French and the Inuit Inuktitut are projected on the side of Montreal’s Place des Arts concert hall which presents ballet, symphony orchestras and opera.
Wodiczko’s installation is part of this year’s edition of the Montreal art biennale and came about when he disoverd how many people were living in the streeets of Montreal. The video.took a year of preparation with discussions with homeless people, some of whom actually live around the Place des Arts complex, who he considers “co-artists” in the project.
In a wide-ranging conversation with RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda, Krzysztof Wodiczko talks about the “Homeless Projection” and the importance of public art in public spaces.Listen