Projections and instrumentations

author: Krzysztof Wodiczko, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Sept. 10, 2009,   recorded: November 2006,   views: 2873
released under terms of: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA)

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With the aid of especially designed bodily equipment, Wodiczko’s recent projections “animate,” in real time, the facades of public edifices. Much smaller in their scale, the wearable instrumentations share with these monumental projections similar psychological and political objectives. The aim of both projects is to inspire and assist the users-animators in developing, perfecting, and “projecting” their voice and gestures in public space. Both projections and instrumentations require a preparatory video recording (and re-recording) process that psychologically and politically engages participants and aids in constructing their testimonies. Through this process, participants gradually recover and develop the mastery and artistry of public speaking. Step by step they recall, articulate and convey overwhelming life experiences. Armed with new psycho-cultural prosthetic equipment, and empowered with the prestige and monumental scale of civic edifices, they become prominent fearless speakers. The main objective of the use of media in these projections and instrumentations is to create a transitional psychological space that encourages a gradual passage from participants’ traumatic silence or traumatized speech toward a confident articulate voice. In this way, their psycho-political development, to which Wodiczko’s projects seek to contribute, may help participants to become not only frank transmitters of truth, but also critical and passionate animators of public space.

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