Paul Wong


April 28, 2020, I remember this as a big ‘stayhome’ moment, the first time driving out of the hood to a big mainstream store required getting dressed. Contrasting with springtime cherry blossoms on my street.  Scrolling backwards to find this image made me sad.

Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes. He is an award winning artist and curator who is known for pioneering early visual and media art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, festivals, conferences and public interventions since the 1970s. Writing, publishing and teaching have been an important part of his praxis. With a career spanning four decades he has been instrumental proponent to contemporary art.



Why did you get involved in this project?

I was invited by Midi Onodera who is a colleague I trust, plus I liked the idea of just being part of something, a framework that was not too demanding especially during lockdown/quarantine where I found myself mostly creatively paralyzed to do anything too ambitious.

Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?

It forced me to respond to the words that I was given and to focus on my immediate environment, in my case appreciating all the spring flowers in bloom on daily walks around the block.

How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?

This made it simple, I liked the anonymity

Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?

It’s good to sometimes to just say YES to a collaborative framework and stop being so Damn precious about the filmmaking process.

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