How can I use my work to make people think about the homeless crisis in Manchester?
I would like to try and make an interactive piece of work that forces people to stop and look and not pass by. Thinking about how I am going to display my work as part of an exhibition, how can I use my work to make people think about the homeless situation and to try and make the viewer consider what it would be like to be homeless and maybe relate to times when they have escaped homelessness.
I am considering having an interactive piece of work that forces people to stop and look, not pass it by. I have started looking into projection and ways in which I could display my work onto specific objects.
In large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments, Krzysztof Wodiczko explores the relationship between art, democracy, trauma, and healing. In countries all over the world, Wodiczko has projected images of the faces, hands, and bodies of local community members onto the built environment, accompanied by the voices of marginalized citizens, activating public space in his examination of human rights. Born of a Jewish mother who fled the ghetto in World War II Poland, Wodiczko is concerned with the impact of war and violence on individual lives, and aims to use his art to “break the code of silence, to open up and speak about what’s unspeakable,” as he says. He also produces what he calls “Instruments”, objects made collaboratively to facilitate the survival, communication, and healing of homeless people and immigrants. His Homeless Vehicle Project (1987–89) is a one-person mobile shelter designed in collaboration with members of the homeless community.
An image of a body appear, moves and disappears, seemingly in the actual bed within the exhibition space. The work presents an intimate situation within the exhibition space. It asks one to notice, comprehend and reflect upon the situation. It is the reference, and the feeling of a kind of residential remembered experience in the moment of understanding, which is central to the concept of this work.