Encountering the Virtual in Affective Spaces. Krzysztof Wodiczko’s OUT OF HERE War Veteran Project

Justyna Stępień

This paper aims to consider Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Veterans Project in the context of the central tenets of ethico-aesthetics and the concept of the virtual proposed by Gilles Deleuze, which emerge from his discussions of representation processes. The installation OUT OF HERE, which metaphorically refers to the plight of traumatised American war veterans, triggers a trans-mediated dialogue with spectators, reworking passive attitudes towards the position of the excluded. In fact, Wodiczko has been utilising American institutional spaces to prove that they alienate the marginalised to uphold the dichotomy between the centre and periphery. Hence, the aim of this paper is to show how Wodiczko’s project becomes an affective space, an assemblage of different affects and raptures, that organizes a productive encounter, an intensive event, that allows spectators not only to experience records of traumatic events but primarily to increase their capacities to act in the world and to produce new modes of their “becoming”.
Słowa kluczowe: Krzysztof Wodiczko, affective space, the virtual, Gilles Deleuze, ethicoaesthetics

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