About

BIOGRAPHY

Born in China, raised in Australia and based in the Netherlands, Amy Suo Wu is an artist and designer. Her practice is an exploration into how to (re)activate, amplify and preserve erased or obscured histories in critical and playful ways. In Rotterdam she teaches at the Willem de Kooning Academy and Experimental Publishing Masters at The Piet Zwart Institute. She co-organises Zine Camp, an annual zine making festival in Rotterdam. Since 2014, she has been immersed in the techniques, aesthetics, histories and politics of steganography – a form of secret writing that disguises secret information within public information. Tactics and Poetics of Invisibility, is the title for this ongoing artistic research project that resuscitates obsolete, low-tech and analog steganography. Its aim is to subvert digital surveillance, bypass censorship and make visible the struggles of minorities and other marginalised cultures. Through workshops, lectures, exhibitions and publications the project also aims to inspire communities to develop their own poetic and playful forms of communication as a way of nurturing social bonds. In 2019, the four year research will be published under the title 'A Cookbook of Invisible Writing' through Onomatopee

Her work has been exhibited at Seoul Mediacity Biennale, KR; Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH; I:projectspace Beijing, CN; Aksioma Ljubljana, SI; Drugo More, HR; Van Abbemuseum, NL; TENT, NL; Showroom MAMA, NL; WORM, NL and V2_, NL. She has lectured and facilitated workshops at Design Academy Eindhoven, NL; Merz Academy, Stuttgart, DE; The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL; The Influencers Festival, Barcelona, ES; Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, SI; Mine Yours Ours festival, Rijeka, HR and ISEA Istanbul, TR. 

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PRESS/WRITING

2018. Feature article in AIGA Eye On Design's first printed magazine 'Invisible', by Madeleine Morley
2017. Interview with Glamcult
2017. Interview with China Residencies
2017. Escaping the Digital Unease with essays by Raffael Dörig, Paul Feigelfeld, Claire Hoffmann, Marie Lechner, Domenico Quaranta and Felix Stalder, for the occasion of the show with the same title.
2017. Thunderclap DIY day in art guide of The Creators Project, VICE China
2017. Appearance on Slovenia national news, RTV4, for the occasion of "The Kandinsky Collective" 
2017. Full interview by Mojca Kumerdej for Delo Saturday, published online and printed in the cultural supplement.  
2017. Article by Maja Šučur for Dnevnik.si, Ljubljana newspaper in Slovenia.  
2017. Article by Jela Krečič for Delo, the national newspaper in Slovenia.  
2017. "Hidden In Plain Sight", essay by Florian Cramer for the ocassion of solo show "The Kandinsky Collective", published by Aksioma Brochure Series

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RESUME

Education
2010-2012. Master Media Design and Communication, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL
2007-2009. Bachelor of Design, Willem de Kooning Academny, Rotterdam, NL
2004-2006. Bachelor of Design, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney, AU

Solo exhibitions
2019. Upcoming: Thunderclap, Artspace, Sydney, AU
2018. Hutong Whispers, Drugo More, Rijeka, HR
2017. The Kandinsky Collective, Aksioma, Ljubljana, SI 
2012. Prediction TV, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL 

Selected group exhibitions/performances
2018. Escaping the Digital Unease, Espace Multimedia Gantner, FR
2018. Monoskop Exhibition Library, Seoul Mediacity Biennale, KR
2018. Policy of Disappearance, Studio Gallery BWA Wrocław, PL 
2017. Art@IFG (Internet Governance Forum), Palais des Nations, Geneva, CH
2017. In No Particular Order, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL
2017. Escaping the Digital Unease, Kunsthaus Langenthal, CH
2016. Spending Quality Time With My Quantified Self, TENT Rotterdam, NL 
2015. Identifikuj.me, G12HUB in Belgrade, RS 
2014. Festival de Wereld van het Witte de Withkwartier, Rotterdam, NL
2014. Frames of thinking, Poortgebouw, Rotterdam, NL 
2013. 55th Venice Biennale, Maldives Pavilion, IT 
2013. De Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap at Oude Postkantoor, SIGN, Groningen, NL 
2012. Exception Handling, TENT & V2, Rotterdam, NL 
2012. International Film Festival Rotterdam, WORM, Rotterdam, NL
2011. No Such Thing As Repetition, Roodkapje, Rotterdam, NL  
2011. Speed Show: Rebelhuis, Rotterdam, NL 
2010. Holy Crap (in collaboration with Alina Parigger), Roodkapje, Rotterdam, NL 

Talks/presentations/workshops
2018. Guest lecturer at Science Friction minor, Design Academy Eindhoven, NL
2018. Project week at Merz Academy, Stuttgart, DE
2018. Project week at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL
2017. Lecture and workshop at The Influencers Festival, Barcelona, ES
2017. Invisible Ink workshop at Qspace – queer/feminist/maker space, Beijing, CN
2017. The New Nushu and Thunderclap, I:projectspace, Beijing, CN
2017. Artist talk at Gengdan Institute of Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, CN
2017. Tactics and poetics of invisiblity talk, Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, SI
2016. Talk at Post Internet Cafe: End of Session at PrintRoom, Rotterdam, NL
2016. Invisible ink workshop at MOJE TVOJE NAŠE (Mine Yours Ours) festival, Rijeka, HR
2016. Artist talk at TENT Rotterdam, NL
2015. Tactics and poetics of invisiblity, Conversa, Rotterdam, NL
2015. Tactics and poetics of invisiblity, Privacy Cafe organised by Bits of Freedom at WORM, Rotterdam, NL
2012. Prediction TV, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL
2012. Prediction TV, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
2011. BENJI in Sniff, Scrap, Crawl panel at ISEA2011, Istanbul, TR

Teaching 
2018-2019. Tutor at Experimental Publishing Master, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL
2018-2019. Cultural Diversity minor in social practices, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL
2014-2016. Hacking minor in autonomous practices, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL
2013-2018. Graphic Design department, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL

Residencies
2017. ZKU, Berlin, DE
2017. I:projectspace, Beijing, CN

Published writing
2019. Upcoming. Cookbook on steganography published by Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL
2012. BENJI in Sniff, Scrape, Crawl... {on privacy, surveillance and our shadowy data-double}, published by Piet Zwart Institute, NL

Grants
2016. The Grant Programme for Talent Development from Creative Industries Fund NL
2015. Onderzoek and Ontwikkeling subsidy from CBK Rotterdam, NL
2010. Huygens Scholarship Programme, NL
2010. Van Beek-Donner Stichting grant, Rotterdam, NL
2010. Cultuurscout Rotterdam Centrum subsidy, NL