Winners and Losers (2017)
3D videomapping projection
300’ x 50’
Also available as a single channel tape.
Projected onto the façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery, north plaza. Commissioned for Façade Festival (September 2017) by the Burrard Arts Foundation, and Vancouver Art Gallery. Winners & Losers is constructed of original video footage recorded by Paul Wong. His Façade Festival 2017 project will shine a light on a piece of recent Vancouver history many would prefer to forget: the 2011 Stanley Cup Riots.
Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF): Describe your project for Façade Fest 2017.
Paul Wong (PW): Winners & Losers is based on video recordings made on the streets of downtown Vancouver before, during, and after the 2011 riots that took place after the Stanley Cup Finals. It is a look at euphoria and mass spectacle; a juxtaposition of the behaviours of winners and losers.
BAF: Have you ever worked in video art or projection mapping before? To what extent was working with this technology a new experience for you?
PW: I have created work for video screens of all sizes and shapes, and have projected in on a wide range of conditions and surfaces. I have also worked with video mapping before.
BAF: Is your Façade idea an entirely new project, or are you further developing existing themes?
PW: The source material for Winners & Losers was recorded in 2011. It was intended to be experienced as 3 screen large video projection installation. Façade Festival presented the ideal location, context and facade to show this work.
BAF: Your work will be projected over the entire façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Have you ever worked in such a large scale before? What has been exciting, and challenging, about the process?
PW: I have been creating large scale public art projects and projections throughout my career. It is an exciting progression to be involved in a curated project for which all the framework for production and presentation is provided. Kaboom – it’s a spectacular canvas and location, 8 synced video projectors, and sound.