Ken Lum, Upenn’s Fine Arts department head, is one of Canada’s most esteemed contemporary artist. He is very well known for his public art projects which serve to problematize and redefine a space by interacting and confronting with the audience. He often times uses text/typography and photography to implicate meaning through juxtaposition. One of his most successful project is named “Pi” in Vienna’s Westpassage Karlsplatz. In the under-passage of a subway. On mirror panels, Ken Lum uses live updated statistics to show random facts to the audience including random statistics such as “how many schnitzels have been sold” to socially important questions such as “number of people killed in war”. By putting a mirror there, the passengers are supposed to confront the issue as they see their reflections.
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