Homeless Vehicle Project

Krzysztof Wodiczko

© Krystof Wodyczko © Krystof Wodyczko
1987

Wodiczko creëerde een reeks mobiele installaties of voertuigen voor daklozen: een aangepaste, multifunctionele slaap- en overlevingsinfrastructuur. The Homeless Vehicle Project was tegelijk symbolisch en nuttig: het was het eerste werk van de kunstenaar waarin hij aan de hand van een collectief de problemen van een groep aan de rand van de maatschappij legaliseert zonder de crisis van dakloosheid te rechtvaardigen.

He redirected “attention from the work of art as dissent to the work of art as social action: in this case, the discussions and design collaboration with members of the homeless community to develop both a physical object and a conceptual design that would make their participation in the urban economy visible and self-directed.”
While the public was cautious, the operators of the vehicles took the project seriously. According to Wodiczko, “You see this in certain gestures, certain ways of behaving, speaking, dialoguing, of building up stories, narratives: the homeless become actors, orators, workers, all things which they usually are not. The idea is to let them speak and tell their own stories, to let them be legitimate actors on the urban stage.”

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