Wodiczko + Bonder

Wodiczko + Bonder is a Cambridge-based partnership that began in 2003.
Krzysztof Wodiczko is an artist and professor of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at Harvard University in Cambridge.
Julian Bonder is an architect and professor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Wodiczko + Bonder focuses on art and design projects that engage public space and raise the issues of social memory, survival, and struggle and emancipation related to urban and domestic violence, war and post war trauma, immigration and global displacement, the Holocaust and genocides, the Desaparecidos (in Argentina), the Civil War, and historical and present day slavery.

Urban Public Space is among the most potent and durable stage and equipment for cultural communication and expression. Wodiczko + Bonder practice is based on their commitment to the advancement of democratic potential, vitality and usefulness  of such space through the creation of new transformative and communicative art and design.

The partnership’s experience ranges from temporary work such as design of participatory projections on monument and communicative urban equipment to design of residential, cultural and civic buildings, institutes, museums, memorials and commemorative public spaces. Partnership projects focus on design and implementation of instrumental and spatial conditions for inspiration development and dissemination of acts of memory and commemorative practices in Public Space.

Projects by Wodizcko + Bonder include:

Hoboken September 11 Memorial – Project among four finalist teams selected out of 100 submissions.

Flight 587 Memorial, Queens – Project among six teams finalists out of 68 applicants).

WTC Memorial Competition – Project proposed maintaining the excavated space, and elevating (uplifting) the “footprints” with programs such as archives and museum.

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery. Project commissioned by the city of Nantes, France and its Mayor, Jean-Marc Ayrault, after winning an invited international competition. Situated across Jean Nouvel’s Palais De Justice, The project involves the transformation of 350 meters of the coast of the Loire River, in Downtown Nantes.

Babi Yar Memorial Park and Mizel Museum in Denver, CO, awarded winner of an International 3-round Competition, which included 116 entries. The project entails a transformation of Babi Yar Park, dedicated in 1982, and includes a museum, a center for conflict transformation, information areas and other programmatic elements.

9-11 Memory Place at Babi Yar Park, Denver, CO. This project will includes 15 pieces of steel from WTC. Our proposal includes a commemorative space and a “Memorial in Transit”.

Krzysztof Wodiczko

Krzysztof Wodiczko is an artist and teacher. He was born in Warsaw in 1943, and emigrated to Canada in 1977, and to the US in 1983 He lives and works in New York, Boston and Warsaw.

He is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has realized more than 80 such temporary projects in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.

Since the late eighties, his public projections involve active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication.

Since 1985, he has held many major retrospectives at such institutions as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Fundacio Tapies, Barcelona; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw; and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. In 1998, Wodiczko was awarded the Hiroshima Art Prize for his contribution as an artist to the world peace. He is recipient of Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Georgy Kepes Award, the Katarzyna Kobro Prize, and « Gloria Artis » Golden Medal from Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2009 Krzysztof Wodiczko represented Poland in the Venice Biennale.

Mr. Wodiczko’s work has been exhibited in numerous international festival and exhibitions including: Paris Biennale (twice), Biennale of Sao Paulo (twice), The Sydney Biennale, Documenta, Germany (twice); The Kwang-ju Biennale, South Korea; The Venice Biennale (twice); The Biennale in Lyon, France, Helsinki Biennale, Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial, Kyoto Biennale, the Yokohama Triennale and the International Center for Photography Triennial in New York. He is currently developing new public art projects to be presented in 2012 in Germany, Belgium United States, Mexico and israel (Haifa Biennale).

Books on and by Krzysztof Wodiczko include:  Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews (1999), Krzysztof Wodiczko: Guests (2009), City of Refuge: A 9/11 Memorial (2010), a major monograph Krzysztof Wodiczko (2011), and Abolition of War (2012)

Krzysztof Wodiczko is a former director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, former professor at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Baux Arts in Paris. Since 2010 he directs the program of Art, Design, and the Public Domain at Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is also a senior lecturer in Warsaw School of Social Psychology.

Julian Bonder

Julian Bonder is an architect and teacher. He was born in New York in 1961 and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he lived since 1962. In 1995, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he currently lives and works.

In his design projects and writings Julian Bonder has concentrated on exploring the relationships between memory, trauma, architecture, and public space. His work in this field includes writings, teaching, projects and built work. HIs work encompasses projects dealing with the Civil War, the Desaparecidos, the Holocaust, Civil Rights and Slavery as well as September 11.

Projects by Julian Bonder:

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, in Worcester (recipient of six national and international architecture awards); other projects include: Holocaust Museum, Buenos Aires; Memorial for AMIA/Association Mutual Israelita Argentina, blasted in a terrorist attack in 1994, Buenos Aires; Camp Meigs Civil War Memorial, Boston; Memorial for the Victims of State Violence in Buenos Aires (Desaparecidos); Museo de la Memoria, Escuela de Mecanica de la Armada (ESMA), Buenos Aires, among others. He is currently developing a series of projects for the Buenos Aires and its neighborhoods.

Mr. Bonder was recipient of a Silver Medal from the World Forum of Young Architects, the Boston Society of Architects BSA 2000 Young Architects Award, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture ACSA Faculty Design Awards in 2001 & 2007. His work has participated of exhibitions such as: Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires, Trienale of Architecture in Milan, Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires, Boston Society of Architects Gallery, Museo de Arquitectura Buenos Aires, solo exhibition at University of Nebraska, in Lincoln. His works and writings have been published in Architecture Boston, Arquis, Places, Summa, Memoria, Clarin, Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires, Competitions, etc.

Mr. Bonder received the 2010 Boston Society of Architects BSA Housing Honor Award and the 2010 BSA Small Firm Awards for his design of two residences in Cambridge.

Mr. Bonder delivered the keynote address to Annual Human Rights conference in Lima, Perú, and plenary presentations at Memorial Democratic (Barcelona) and Slavery and the Universities conference at Emory University. He exhibited design work and lectured at the XIII Biennale of Architecture in Buenos Aires, in 2011.

He is Professor of Architecture, Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island, former professor of Architecture at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Syracuse University and Hyde Chair of Excellence Professor of University of Nebraska. He is principal of Julian Bonder + Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts.