Escaping the Digital Unease
The Influencers Festival
Participated in The Influencers Festival this year. I gave a talk about The New Nushu/Thunderclap project and hosted an invisible ink workshop.
Nominated for the Crypto Design Award
My work "Greetings from the invisible borderland" has been nominated for the Crypto Design Award. Text from the site: On the 25th of November, we explore new images of the Deep Web with designers, artists and researchers at the Crypto Design Awards in Paradiso, Amsterdam. We exhibit the nominated submissions, and a professional jury will choose the winner of the Crypto Design Award (€1250). The audience can also vote on their favorites for the Audience Award of €750! We received 36 submissions, and today the first selection has been made. All 16 nominees will be presented during the Crypto Design Awards.
Aksioma publishes an introductory essay by Florian Cramer
The 15th century Voynich Manuscript, Kandinsky’s abstract painting with a secret encoded message, militant jihadists using porn images for hidden communication and most recently computer malware embedding virus code into images on infected computers (and perhaps this text too) are examples of steganography, which can be also found in Amy Suo Wu’s works. By using Cardan Grille, substitution ciphers and camouflaged text within text in combination with invisible inks, Wu’s works are more than just highly enjoyable pieces of visual art and calligraphic design. As a combination of exhibition works, toolkit manuals and workshops, they are also pieces of practical media research and activism. Her gallery exhibition serves as an experimentation lab for invisible inks and other steganographic techniques with extraordinary creative potential – and is therefore just the beginning of a practice that is meant to leave behind the space where it is now being shown. Here is the link to download the PDF
Upcoming solo exhibition in Aksioma
Feeling humbled to be invited for a solo show called "The Kandinsky Collective" on the 18th Jan 2017 at Aksioma Project Space, a contemporary art space dedicated to various artistic practices and diverse new media art projects which aim at hacking the role of mass media in contemporary society through various mediums interpreting the narratives in subversive, critical, or ironic manner.
I will be published by Onomatopee in 2017!
Super duper excited to have my toolkit on steganography published by design/artistic research platform Onomatopee in 2017. I will also have the honor to design it myself.
Residency adventure in 2017!
I have been granted the Talent Development fund from Oct 2016 - Oct 2017!
Mine, Yours, Ours Festival
I have been invited by Drugo More to present my research project "Tactics and Poetics of Invisibility" and give a workshop on invisible inks at the festival Moje, Tvoje Naše (Mine, Yours, Ours) in Rijeka, Croatia. I'm very honoured to be participating at this festival with others that I respect: Evan Roth, James Bridle, Jacob Appelbaum & Ai Weiwei, Zach Blas, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Simon Denny, Jill Magid, Metahaven, Laura Poitras and more.
On Thursday evening, 24 March, artists, thinkers and the public analyse the interaction between the human body and digital technology in an intensive session of lectures, performances, and a concert of water sounds. Therapy Session speculates on more qualitative forms of living and self-understanding in our current data-dominated society. During this evening I will present 'Subtitling TLTRNW' a video captioning the work 'TLTRNW' in the show 'Spending Quality Time With My Quantified Self', followed by a disclosure of 'A Media Archeology of Steganography', an invisible ink performance.