Artists make use of the wealth of meanings contained in architecture in various ways. They draw on its symbolic potential. They refer to the role of architecture as a background of events and a companion of our everyday life. They also turn architecture into a sophisticated communication tool.
Architecture as a symbol – Janek Simon transforms architectural objects into symbols to present his catastrophic visions. Rafał Bujnowski evokes childhood memories by painting houses from his native village. Jiří Kolář makes pictures of buildings become metaphors of human fate.
Architecture as a background – Shinji Ogawa introduces modifications to the views familiar to the viewers, testing their attentiveness. Andreas Kaufmann removes flashy advertisements from the urban space, showing the city free of aesthetic pollution.
Architecture as Text – Wojciech Wilczyk immortalizes industrial plants falling into ruin, which on the one hand give testimony to history, on the other encourage reflection on transience. Krzysztof Wodiczko uses his projections to give buildings human qualities and turns them into a tool for communication between the excluded or disadvantaged and the public.