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IRL City
Presenting Hao Jingban and Wang Xu
May 16-17, 2015 
Frieze New York Art Week

HAO Jingban “Afternoon Dance” 2015, HD video (video still)

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#timecompressedtime
Terminal B Business Class Lounge, Newark International Airport
May–Aug 2015

Opalnest was invited to curate a public art exhibition at Newark International Airport's business class lounge (Art & Lounge). We presented 12 international and New York-based artists working with photography, video art and contemporary sculpture. The artworks, presented for the first time in this inter-continental in-between place, exude an otherworldly dynamic found in pseudo science fiction books and culture. Artists include:  Yael Kanarek, Richard Garet, Zhang Wei, Jonathan Monaghan, Mary Mattingly, Ryan Frank, Zhongsheng Gu, Grace Villamill, Feng Hao, Takayuki Yamamoto, Marie Vic, and William Mortensen.

Richard Garet, Glared Chamber Series
2007 (installation view at Newark Airport)
Fujiflex print mounted on plexiglass, 12" x 18"

Garet's pieces, whether conceptual in origin or stemming from his investigation of complex systems and algorithmic translations, are informed by the background noise established not only by mass media culture but also by the collective experience of the world that surrounds him. Garet’s reductive process seeks to invert the normative function of this background noise, drawing it up from unconscious status to active presence. He finds further inspiration from observing isolated situations of everyday life and from material interactions that incorporate problems of context, technology, defunctionalization, commodity, and environment.

 

Yael Kanarek, Sanctify Thyself (2013)

wood, silicone words in nine languages
approx diameter 42" / 106.7 cm, depth 2" / 5.1 cm 

This piece creates a halo when visitors stand in front of it and considers the notion of sainthood as ‘high performance spirituality’. Since the first century the halo has been used internationally as a marker of the sacred in visual stories, spanning the traditions of Buddhist, Islamic and Christian religions, as well as art from Persia, Greece, India and the Roman Empire. 

Cast in silicon with a metallic pigment, the word "white" is represented in nine languages and used as a compositional unit throughout the picture plane. Shuffling the physical properties of language, Kanarek crafts a cognitive interference known as the Stroop affect. "The gap between text and color creates a pause and allows a white boundless space to emerge in the viewer's mind, recalling Kandinsky's observations in 'Concerning the Spiritual in Art,'" says Kanarek.

courtesy Bitforms Gallery

Marie Vic, Blowing Ricardo (Video Booth)



ECSTATIC LIGHT

The Jane Ballroom, NYC

For the Today is the Day Foundation's 3rd annual benefit art auction, Opalnest art directed and produced this one-night event, including artwork selection, performance programming, and project management, etc.



MARIKO MORI, Pearl of Oneness (2013)
produced by Kreëmart


Tatsuo Miyajima, C.T.C.S. Tricolore (2010)


CHAPTER 3, STATE OF BEING
NEW VIDEOART FROM THAILAND

Curated by Korakrit Arunanondchai
Presented by Opalnest at XXX Gallery, Hong Kong
May 17, 2014 (in conjunction with 2014 Art Basel in Hong Kong)

Artists: Chai Siris, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Nontawat Numbenchapol,
Sareena Sattapon and Athit Siritavang, Taiki Sakpisit, Taweewit Kijtanasoonthorn,
Tulapop Saenjaroen, Wantanee Siripattananuntakul

HANKIE BANK: BOUNDARIES ARE OF EQUAL LENGTH
former Citibank at 1195 Ave of the Americas, New York
Oct 2014

Opalnest was commissioned to produce a theatrical and immersive pop-up shop for the New York debut of independent fashion label Handkerchief. Helen worked with Handkerchief's label founder Amy Cheung on concept and exhibition design. Major tasks included curation, performance programming, location scout, sponsorship, marketing and publicity. Staged inside a 2-story former Citibank, we installed site-specific artworks, including a responsive Nasdaq stock exchange. It was a unique and successful 5-day other-worldly experience combining performance art x fashion, and engaged a wide audience on different levels.

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LIVING AS FORM (the nomadic version)
New York & Hong Kong, 2013

"Co-organized with Creative Time, Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is an unprecedented international project that explores over 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue and community engagement." Helen produced and co-curated the Hong Kong additions to Living as Form (the nomadic version), and designed the exhibition presented by Independent Curators International at TEMP, NYC.

Site-specific exhibition and a series of talks were held at TEMP Space and ICI Hub, New York


THE DEALER'S PERSPECTIVE
ARMORY ARTS WEEK PUBLIC EVENTS
New York, Mar 2013

An experiential art tour organized in cooperation with leading contemporary art galleries in the Lower East Side and Independent Collectors (Berlin)





TODAY IS THE DAY Foundation Launch Event
Jane Ballroom, New York, Nov 2012

hosted by Arto Lindsay, with Noritoshi Hirakawa, David A. Ross, Marina Abramovic, Jeanne Greenberg Rohtatyn (Salon94), Gabriela Palmieri (Sotheby 's)


Tsuyoshi Ozawa



AUTUMN INTERMISSION
an audio-visual series presented with RH Gallery
New York, Sep-Dec 2012

Opalnest was commissioned to curate a series of live events at RH Gallery in New York, a series of performances that correlated to the gallery's 3 exhibitions and in response to the architecture of the space, bringing out a different dynamic to the artworks and installations.

Richard Garet, Ben Vida / Wolfgang Ellenrieder

Eli Keszler and Geoff Mullen / Evan Roberts
and Peter Sutherland




KINEMATIC SUMMER FESTIVAL
presented by CoWorker Projects and Opalnest
New York, Summer 2012

Opalnest was invited to curated a new Summer performance series at CoWorker Project's new space in New York's Meatpacking District. We presented Kinematic Summer Festival, with an innovative program featuring some of the most dynamic and exciting sonic artists and experimental visual artists from native New York to abroad.

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Image: ESP TV



FUTURE NOSTALGIA: MOVING IMAGES, MOVING CITIES
Shenzhen China, Dec 2011
A 3-Day Trans-media\Cultural Programme organized for 2011 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

Curated by Helen Homan Wu, presented with Idutang Project Space OCT


Phil Niblock (left), Carsten Nicolai (right)



PASSING STRANGER
ARMORY ARTS WEEK PUBLIC EVENTS

Audio Visual Arts, New York, Mar 2012

Opalnest presented a series of multi-faceted public events for the 2012 Armory Arts Week. "Passing Stranger" is an audio-walk and exhibition by artist Pejk Malinovsk. Narrated by Jim Jarmusch, the project reveals the stories of New York's historical East Village poets, through a guided audio tour, interactive digital map, an exhibition at AVA, and sounds by John Zorn.


Jim Jarmusch



Select projects by Helen Homan Wu

PAPER RAIN
PARADE BY ARTO LINDSAY
Presented by Art Basel in Hong Kong

May 2013

Helen was asked to produce a cultural event to inaugurate the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong. She organized a multimedia art parade starting from the Hong Kong Convention Center along the Victoria Harbourfront, working with Arto Lindsay (artist, musician, producer) and Art Basel's Directors, she selected 11 visual artists based in Asia to collaborate on this massive public happening.

Artists included: Nadim Abbas, Haegue Yang, Angela Su, João Vasco Paiva, Korakrit Arunanodchai, Alice Ma, Enoch Cheng, Otomo Yoshihide, Cedric Maridet, Kung Chi Shing, Shane Aspegren.

LIVING AS FORM, Hong Kong and New York, Mar 2012-Jan 2013
Organized by Creative Time and ICI, Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is an international project that explores over 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue and ommunity engagement. The Hong Kong additions to Living as Form (the nomadic version) are co-organized with Videotage.

ONE WORLD EXPOSITION, Hong Kong, Dec 2011
One World Exposition, a media arts festival that showcased China and Hong Kong artists presented through exhibitions, performances, symposiums, artist talks and panel discussions. Produced the live participatory opening act at Osage Gallery.

RESCORES (on-going)
A curatorial project to explore and reinterpret the aural potentials of renowned filmmakers.
RESCORES NO. 1 was published on Culturehall, Apr 2012
RESCORES NO. 2 was published on Culturehall, Nov 2014

AVANT-GARDE DIARIES, New York, Aug 2012
A video feature with Helen Homan Wu introducing artist and composer Aki Onda

NAVIGATING DARKNESS, Berlin, Nov 2011
A group exhibition on sound, light, and performance curated by Helen Homan Wu and Mira O'Brien

ARTCARDS ARTIST CONVERSATIONS, New York, Jul 2011
A Panel Discussion & Performance Event on the Role of the Internet for Curators, Collectives, Artists, and Galleries

 

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