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ORIGIN MAGAZINE
March/April 2015

Helen Homan Wu is an independent curator and founder of Opalnest, a cultural agency based in New York.

I moved to Chinatown/Lower East Side in the mid-80s from Hong Kong and was shocked by the graffiti, the dirty subways, crime, and drug-addicts hovering on every corner. The scene was grim, yet this visceral experience became an informal education. My work as a curator today is heavily influenced, not by art school, but the downtown New York scene. Through working closely with artists as their collaborator, I create engagements that provoke, educate, and inspire the audience.

 

RTHK Radio
November 2015, Hong Kong
Helen Homan Wu is the co-curator for the 5th edition of Around Sound Art Festival in Hong Kong. Interview in cantonese only.


http://podcasts.rthk.hk/podcast/item_epi.php?pid=433&lang=en-US&id=63506

 

in dialogue // helen homan wu
by Rimma Boshernitsan, October 2015

As part of our bi-monthly interview series, Art Curator, Cultural Producer & Founder of Opalnest, Helen Homan Wu talks collaboration, Marina Abramovic, and the role she sees herself play creating a dialogue in the arts.

The way you talk about what you do, sounds like what you’re doing is your own performance art.

I don't think anyone has ever said that to me, but I do see my curatorial practice as a kind of storytelling. To me, what's exciting about producing artist projects and curating events and exhibitions is the process. We’re realizing a vision together as a collaboration, similar to how the director makes a movie. It's about the audience and it's about thinking in a relational way. I'm interested in spectacle and the spectator. In a sense, all art is spectacle - it is up to the spectator to decide what she or he is experiencing. Which is why most of my projects have been involved with site-specific works, performances—ephemeral experiences... [more]

 

 

PAPER RAIN (Hong Kong)
an artist parade commissioned by Art Basel

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2013/may/25/art-basel-hong-kong-in-pictures

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1242971/drawing-line-between-art-and-money

http://artforum.com/diary/id=41291

http://www.wanderlister.com/post/50821602627/artbaselhk13-thew-top-5-off-basel-guide-to-shops#.UbSUr_YY00M

http://in.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/907119/arto-lindsay-leads-paper-rain-artist-parade-at-art-basel-hk

http://www.timeout.com.hk/art/events/58352/paper-rain-artist-parade-art-basel-2013.html

http://www.artlyst.com/articles/art-basel-announces-talks-programme-for-hong-kong

http://ocula.com/reports/cheap-talk-and-plenty-of-rain-art-basel-in-hong-ko/

http://www.asiaweekguide.com/2013/05/20/salon-conversations-at-art-basel-hong-kong/

http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=62848#.UbSbFvYY00M

http://www.dimsumandthensome.com.hk/

http://in.news.yahoo.com/lightbox/artists-part-paper-rain-parade-20130523-200510-372.html

 

LIVING AS FORM (New York/Hong Kong)
presented by ICI/Creative Time/Videotage

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2013-01/25/content_16174729.htm

http://www.e-flux.com/announcements/curatorial-hub-at-temp/

 

VICE
http://www.viceland.de/theavantgardediaries/2011/11/opalnest

 

THE AVANT GARDE DIARIES (NY)
feat. Helen Homan Wu + Aki Onda

http://www.theavantgardediaries.com/en/article/32/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6BUy9gRSSo

http://fantastic-dl.blogspot.hk/2011/12/avant-garde-diaries-helen-homan-aki.html

 

ARMORY ARTS WEEK PUBLIC EVENTS PRESENTED BY OPALNEST: EDITQUETTE + PASSING STRANGER

http://www.uniondocs.org/audio-walking-tour-of-poets-narrated-by-jim-jarmusch/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/nyregion/in-east-village-audio-tour-retraces-poets-haunts.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/06/jim-jarmusch-narrates-free-east-village-walking-tour-of-poets-and-poetry-other-unique-nyc-walking-tours_n_1323885.html

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/291719/314240/event/762660

http://www.berlinartlink.com/2012/03/07/editquette-a-live-visual-sonic-performance-during-ny-armory-arts-week/

http://www.aaa-a.org/2012/03/08/editquette

http://northern-spy.com/editquette-loren-connors-with-hiraku-suzuki-and-julien-langendorff

http://the22blog.com/2012/03/08/the-weekend-march-9-11/

 

ONE WORLD EXPOSITION (HK)
presented by Videotage

http://artradarjournal.com/2011/11/30/one-world-exposition-ambitious-chinese-media-art-symposium-in-hong-kong-event-alert/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2m0kZtlfTc

 

AUTUMN INTERMISSION (NY)
presented by RH Gallery

http://www.nyc-artparasites.com/reviews/caught-between-two-worlds-940

http://www.frontrunnermagazine.com/rh-gallery-autumn-show/

http://artcards.cc/newyork/issue/687-2012-09-18.html

http://zingmagazine.com/drupal/node/3723

http://www.artcat.com/exhibits/19002

http://www.artslant.com/no/events/show/240409-autumn-intermission

 

KINEMATIC SUMMER FESTIVAL (NY)
presented by CoWorker Projects

http://hyperallergic.com/54479/art-rx-23/

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/clubs/kinematic-thursdays

http://artcards.cc/review/kinematic-thursdays-behind-the-sounds/5469/

http://guestofaguest.com/new-york/calendar/2012/june/kinematic-thursdays-curated-by-unframed-recordings

http://www.frequency.com/video/kinematic-thursday-07-19-feat-esp-lab/56000024

http://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?377032

 

FUTURE NOSTALGIA: MOVING IMAGES, MOVING CITIES (China)
A Trans-media\Culture Programme for 2011 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

http://sztqb.sznews.com/html/2011-12/12/content_1860992.htm

http://szdaily.sznews.com/html/2011-12/08/content_1856755.htm

http://art.china.cn/huodong/node_528625.htm

 

NAVIGATING DARKNESS, Tape Modern nr. 24
Group exhibition and event presented in cooperation with Heidestrasse Galleries and Halle am Wasser art openings

http://www.viceland.de/theavantgardediaries/2011/11/opalnest/

http://switch.sjsu.edu/wp/v28/2012/10/28/interview-with-helen-homan-wu-opalnest-multimedia/

http://music.freshmilk.tv/musictalks/interview_mira-obrien/

http://www.berlinartlink.com/2011/10/31/tape-modern/

http://bermuda-berlin.de/showcase_en/items/tape-modern.html

http://unlike.net/berlin/event_occurrences/112014-Tape-Modern-Nr-24-Navigating-Darkness

http://artcards.cc/berlin/show/30960-Navigating-Darkness-curated-by-Helen-Homan-Wu-Mira-OBrien-Tape-Modern

 

 

 

 

 

 

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