PAUL WONG AWARDED THE 2016 AUDAIN PRIZE
Satellite Video Exchange Society Co-Founder Paul Wong at Video Inn c1974
Congratulations to our co-founder, Paul Wong, for being awarded this year’s Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts.
“A pioneering artist in visual and media art. Wong is recognized for his distinguished, multifaceted and influential art career spanning four decades. In addition, he has been instrumental in founding and cultivating some of the most interesting and innovative artist-run spaces in the city, such as On Main, VIVO Media Arts Centre, as well as Vancouver Art and Leisure Society.” Audain Press Release
Paul co-founded the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES; known today as VIVO) in July 1973 at the age of 19. Paul had been active in Intermedia and volunteered at the Matrix International Video Conference (January 1973) organized by his mentor and fellow SVES co-founder, Michael Goldberg. For almost 20 years Paul was involved in the SVES’ management collective, Board, Video Guide editor, curator, critic and Society rep to umbrella organizations like the Association of Non Profit Artist-Run Centres (ANNPAC) and the Independent Film & Video Alliance (IFVA now IMAA/AAMI), among others. Paul’s 1984 legal challenge to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s cancellation to his installation, “Confused: Sexual Views,” would inform SVES’ anti-censorship activism in that decade as well as the debates surrounding documentary form and video art.
Paul has remained connected to the organization over the past two decades as curator, Board member, Video Out producer, advisor, and friend. Thank you, Paul, for your outstanding contributions to VIVO and media art for over 43 years.
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