Filmoteka Muzeum

Documentation of activities performed with Instruments constructed by Krzysztof Wodiczko. The following Instruments are recognisable: Alien Staff (1992), Porte-Parole (1994) and AEgis (1998).

Seeing art as an activity that engages in social life, Krzysztof Wodiczko creates neo-constructivist projects that are concerned with dialogue in social space. More and more technically advanced “dialogical” instruments have been designed by the artist to allow for the transmission of the voices of people (for example, immigrants) often excluded from the communication cycle. The instruments provide an opportunity for self-presentation, communication and the marking of an individual’s presence in the public sphere.

According to the artist, these instruments are, “cultural prostheses, the contemporary continuation of the ancient tradition of transmitting inconvenient truths”. A significant feature of the Instruments is the users confrontation with their own image. This theme is explored in Aegis, “devoted not only to the emigrants, but to everyone who experiences alienation”.

Description based on: The Prophet’s Prothesis, Christine Paul’s interview with Krzysztof Wodiczko, “Sculpture”, May 1999; B. Czubak, Sztuka domeny publicznej, [in:] Krzysztof Wodiczko. Sztuka domeny publicznej, ed. B. Czubak, Warsaw 2011.

Year: 2007
Duration: 16'53"
Language: miscellaneous
Source: VHS

© Krzysztof Wodiczko

Acquisition date: Jul 18, 2012
Acquisition: deposit
Ownership form: deposit