’5′

’5′
Paul Wong, 2010

‘5’ Five Site-Specific Events Feb. 13 to Mar. 13, 2010.
Happened on five Saturdays during the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 5 unique productions took the public on extraordinary journeys thru real, invented, and imagined places. The always surprising PAUL WONG and dozens of Guest Artists engaged this city in what was a spectacular series. Five 5-hour events as in the 5 Olympics rings, 5 senses, 5 moments, 5 colours, 5 encounters.

Produced by ON MAIN (On The Cutting Edge Production Society) onedge.tv. Commissioned by The City of Vancouver through its Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program, as part of Mapping And Marking Artist-Initiated Projects for Vancouver 2010.

List of works:
Paul WONG
8th Avenue, 2010 (5.2 #9)
02:21, stereo sound
A car on fire blows up Oct 31, 2008 on the streets of NYC.

Paul Wong - Black Flags, 2010
Paul WONG
Black Flags, 2010 (5.5 #1)
00:48, stereo sound
Plastic flags thrashing in the wind atop a commercial fishing boat. Recorded in Nicaragua.

Paul Wong - Burka, 2010
Paul WONG
Burka, 2010 (5.4 #5)
04:26 (mixed media installation), stereo sound
A floating Burka stares at portraits of Canadian Soldiers killed in Afghanistan Apr. 18, 2002 – Nov. 11, 2009. Soundtrack of computer-generated voices recites Afghan names. Burka from Kandahar, Afghan war carpets, Victorian dressmaker’s mannequin, and wreath.

Paul Wong - Car Crash, 2010
Paul WONG
Car Crash, 2010 (5.2 #10)
03:50, stereo sound
Incessant car horn blares throughout recording. Aftermath of car crash, injured on sidewalk, bystanders, ambulance and police arrive. Recorded with iPhone.

Paul Wong - Diamondback, 2008
Paul WONG
Diamondback, 2008 (5.3 #10)
05:00, stereo sound
On a night road wrangling a rattlesnake. Recorded in Nicaragua.

Paul Wong - Downtown Eastside 5.5, 2010
Paul WONG
Downtown Eastside 5.5, 2010 (5.5 #10)
13:30, stereo sound
Driving thru alleys and walking the streets of Vancouver’s DTES, Canada’s poorest postal codes.

Paul Wong - Easter Parade, 2010
Paul WONG
Easter Parade, 2010 (5.4 #2)
05:34, stereo sound
Icon of Jesus is marched through town in the days leading up to Easter. Recorded in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Paul Wong - Eat, 2002
Paul WONG
Eat, 2002 (5.2 #5)
03:51, stereo sound
The homeless set up a tent city surrounding Woodward’s department store demanding housing. Created for horizonzero.ca.

Paul Wong - Enter The Dragon 1973-2008, 2010
Paul WONG
Enter The Dragon 1973-2008, 2010 (5.5 #13)
05:07/05:07 (2-channels), stereo sound
Wong juxtaposes two seminal mediated moments in recent Chinese history. Closing scene from Enter The Dragon with segment from the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

Paul Wong - Exit Upon Arrival, 2010
Paul WONG
Exit Upon Arrival, 2010 (5.4 #16)
02:03/01:00 (2-channels), stereo sound
A self-portrait. Going in and out of the hot light in the Mojave Desert.

Paul Wong - Floral Alphabet, 2010
Paul WONG
Floral Alphabet, 2010 (5.4 #7)
1. A to Z 00:17 2. 26 Four Letter Words 00:07 (2 video loops/2 paper scrolls), silent
Alphabet created from digital photography.

Paul Wong - Ginko, 2010
Paul WONG
Ginko, 2010 (5.5 #5)
02:19/01:35/01:48/02:22/01:22 (5-channel installation), silent
Ginko tree recorded Sept. 2009 at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Paul Wong - Go Greyhound, 2010
Paul WONG
Go Greyhound, 2010 (5.2 #7)
05:42, stereo sound
Video and performance with bottles of Nestea and toilet paper rolls.

Paul Wong - Grotto, 2010
Paul WONG
Grotto, 2010 (5.5 #6)
Sound and light installation.
Music by Steve Lacy.

Paul Wong - Hell Money, 2010
Paul WONG
Hell Money, 2010 (5.4 #14)
12:06, stereo sound
Excerpts featuring Paul Wong as the Wiry Man in Season 3, Episode 19 of the X-Files (1996).

Paul Wong - History of VHS, Death Of Violence, 2010
Paul WONG
History of VHS, Death Of Violence, 2010 (5.4 #3)
02:35:34 (5-channel installation) , stereo sound
VHS (1976-2008). Mashup of History of Violence (2006), the last Hollywood feature distributed on VHS. Rest In Peace.

Paul Wong - Homage to Les Paul, 2010
Paul WONG
Homage to Les Paul, 2010 (5.4 #11)
20:00, stereo sound
Featuring Joey Shithead Keithley of D.O.A. performing solo guitar. Les Paul (1915-2009). The foremost influence on 20C sound and responsible for the world famous Gibson model electric guitar.

Paul Wong - Hungry Ghosts, 2004
Paul WONG
Hungry Ghosts, 2004 (5.4 #6)
33:00 (single channel mix) , stereo sound
A diversity of acts and rituals before, during and after burial. Original 5-channel installation commissioned for the Venice Biennale 2003.

Paul Wong - in ten sity, 1978
Paul WONG
in ten sity, 1978 (5.4 #13)
25:00, stereo sound
Recording of original performance projected topographically onto graves. Dedicated to Kenneth Fletcher (1954-1978).

Paul Wong - Joshua Tree, 2010
Paul WONG
Joshua Tree, 2010 (5.3 #2)
05:38, silent
Projected onto 8’ weather balloon. Recorded at Joshua Tree National Park. Part of the Scorched series.

Paul Wong - Koi, 2010
Paul WONG
Koi, 2010 (5.5 #9)
07:52, stereo sound
From Spring to Fall the Koi of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden are fed at 11am. They respond to the vibrations of the gong. Topographic projection onto water.

Paul Wong - LED MSGS, 2010
Paul WONG
LED MSGS, 2010 (5.3 #8)
100 LED Message sculptures suspended from trees.

Paul Wong - Little Big Horn, 2010
Paul WONG
Little Big Horn, 2010 (5.4 #8)
03:00, silent
Custer’s Last Stand. Sitting Bull Wins. Recorded in South Dakota.

Paul Wong - Luminous Pollution: A Happy Planet, 2010
Paul WONG
Luminous Pollution: A Happy Planet, 2010 (5.4 #12)
Mixed media installation fuelled by smoothies. Rope lighting and plastic bottles.

Paul Wong - Luminous Pollution:  The Team 5 Collection, 2010
Paul WONG
Luminous Pollution: The Team ‘5’ Collection, 2010 (5.4 #10)
Mixed media installation comprised of Team ‘5’ waste. 200 plastic bottles with multi-colour glow sticks.

Paul Wong - Mah Jong, 2010
Paul WONG
Mah Jong, 2010 (5.5 #14)
09:18/09:18 (2-channels), stereo sound
Two real-time views featuring members of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Mah Jong Club.

Paul Wong - Miss Chinatown, 1997
Paul WONG
Miss Chinatown, 1997 (5.5 #16)
05:18, stereo sound
Beauty pageant overlaid with diverse views on identity by Asian-Canadians.

Paul Wong - Palm, 2010
Paul WONG
Palm, 2010 (5.5 #15)
31:45/46:48 (2-channels with live performance)
Featuring Sahara Exodus with Paul Wong’s pre-recorded palm and tarot card readings from Jan. 2010. www.chaoticgoddess.com.

Paul Wong - Pool, 2010
Paul WONG
Pool, 2010 (5.3 #16)
03:19, silent
Abandoned pool used by skateboarders. Remnants of former yacht club on the Salton Sea, Mojave Desert. Part of the Scorched series.

Paul Wong - Ravine, 2010
Paul WONG
Ravine, 2010 (5.3 #15)
08:15, stereo sound
Wong with handheld camera walks thru raven until it reaches the shores of Salton Sea. Recorded in the Mojave Desert. Part of the Scorched series.

Paul Wong - R.I.P. Charlie
Paul WONG
R.I.P. Charlie (5.3 #9)
02:35, silent
Dedicated to the memory of Charlie, the conservatory’s famous resident Moluccan Cockatoo. Charlie passed away just weeks before 5.3. He was 67.

Paul Wong - Ross, Kay and Elsie, 2010
Paul WONG
Ross, Kay and Elsie, 2010 (5.4 #4)
05:18, silent
Friends and family members buried and cremated at Mountain View Cemetery. Ross Charles Haynes (1981-2000). Katherine Alma Erickson (1918-2003). Elsie Dunnet Sage (1915-2008).

Paul Wong - Round Trip, 2010
Paul WONG
Round Trip, 2010 (5.2 #11)
49:00, silent
A 2-camera route video mash-up takes the viewer from –Main St.-Cambie Bdg.-Beach Ave.-Stanley Park-Georgia St.-Main St.

Paul Wong - Running In A Maze, 2008
Paul WONG
Running In A Maze, 2008 (5.3 #8)
02:35, stereo sound
Performance features an abstracted view of the maze art installation created by artist Charles Rea.

Paul Wong - Sally, 2008
Paul WONG
Sally, 2008 (5.5 #4)
07:54, stereo sound
A love ballad featuring Sally Chui & Paul Wong -a duet portrait recorded at the China Club in Beijing. Lyrics by Paul Wong. Vocals and music by Paddy Ryan.

Paul Wong - Salton Sea, 2010
Paul WONG
Salton Sea, 2010 (5.3 #17)
04:38, stereo sound
Abandoned trailers, desolated communities, humans trying to exist in the Mojave Desert. Part of the Scorched series.

Paul Wong - Save Is A Four Letter Word, 2010
Paul WONG
Save Is A Four Letter Word, 2010 (5.3 #1)
Inkjet prints from the Floral Alphabet series.

Paul Wong - Save The Queen, 2010
Paul WONG
Save The Queen, 2010 (5.3 #4)
03:22, stereo sound
Installation featuring flowing, erupting, bubbling lava projected on water, rocks and Koi fish. Music: God Save The Queen courtesy of the Sex Pistols.

Paul Wong - Set Fires, 2008
Paul WONG
Set Fires, 2008 (5.2 #8)
04:22, stereo sound
Evicted punks set fires to houses. Police riot squad. Developers build condos. Neighborhood in transition.

Paul Wong - Snakes On A Bus, 2010
Paul WONG
Snakes On A Bus, 2010 (5.2 #4)
04:57, stereo sound
Video mash-up of a Hollywood classic with a performance featuring rubber snakes.

Paul Wong - Snakes On A Pond, 2010
Paul WONG
Snakes On A Pond, 2010 (5.5 #8)
04:54, silent
Abstract montage of appropriated footage of snakes projected onto water.

Paul Wong - Spring, 2006
Paul WONG
Spring, 2006 (5.4 #1)
03:45, stereo sound
The scattering of Steve Lacy’s ashes at Long Island, NY on March 21, 2006. Music by Steve Lacy (1934-2004).

Paul Wong - Storm, 2009
Paul WONG
Storm, 2009 (5.2 #3)
07:30, stereo sound
Recorded in Minnesota driving through a hurricane. Driver: Brian Howell.

Paul Wong - Strangler Tree, 2010
Paul WONG
Strangler Tree, 2010 (5.3 #13)
05:54 (3-channel installation), stereo sound
Inspired by the Australian Banyan tree commonly known as the Strangler Fig, the site-specific mash-up used appropriated material from popular culture related to strangulation, suffocation, hanging and auto-erotic asphyxiation.

Paul Wong - The Fallen, 2010
Paul WONG
The Fallen, 2010 (5.3 #7)
04:19, stereo sound
Dedicated to all who have risked climbing, and to those who have fallen. Music courtesy of Tom Waits.

Paul Wong - Venenzia, 2010
Paul WONG
Venenzia, 2010 (5.2 #1)
05:52, silent
Abstracted view traveling waterways in Venice, Italy.

Paul Wong - Vigil 5.4, 2010
Paul WONG
Vigil 5.4, 2010 (5.4 #9)
08:00, stereo sound
Featuring Rebecca Belmore (Talking Stick Festival 2002) in street performance screaming out the names of the missing and murdered women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. www.rebeccabelmore.com

Paul Wong - Well Done, 2010
Paul WONG
Well Done, 2010 (5.3 #3)
06:34, stereo sound
Landowner Rick Erickson negotiates and oversees digging of well. Recorded in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Paul Wong - Windows 97, 1997
Paul WONG
Windows 97, 1997 (5.5 #7)
3 Neon components of installation commissioned for Fortune Cookies Exhibition ICA London, to mark handover of Hong Kong in 1997. Collection of Rick Erickson.

Installation, Performance, Public Art, Video
 
Website: 5.paulwongprojects.com/