Paul Wong

"One of Canada's most renowned multimedia artists, Paul Wong meshes video, photography and performance with a rare Chinese-Born-Canadian meets East Van-Punk counter culture perspective... Chinese-Canadian Warhol: in your face, radical, eccentric, sexy, campy, shocking, experimental and spontaneous. He is a media subversive... He is a video renegade, relying on artistic entrepreneurial smarts, raw originality, and an eye for social context. Driven by an insatiable search for identity, community and authenticity. He is constantly redefining his role an an artist and cultural strategist - staying ten projects ahead of even himself, and always unpredictable." -- Mo-Ling Chiu, Taxi Magazine

"Paul Wong is one of Canada's premier artists, working primarily in video, installation and performance. His work has been honored with many distinctions, including a retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada and the Bell Canada Award in 1992 for outstanding contribution to video art. Like Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik, Wong is one of the few Asian artists who thrived in the North American avant-garde before the 'multicultural' breakthrough of the 1980s.

"Paul Wong is also a controversial artist, in 1984 his multichannel installation CONFUSED; SEXUAL VIEW was canceled from the Vancouver Art Gallery before it opened, sparking one of Canada's most dramatic anticensorship battles. Within the art community, he is known as intrepid advocate for art and artists." -- Richard Fung, FUSE Magazine

Artist Code: 168


Mother's Cupboard

2019, 10:24 minutes, colour, Toisanese (Cantonese), with English subtitles

Patti & Lawrence

2016, 10:24 minutes, colour, English


2014, 01:15 minutes, colour


2014, 24:18 minutes, colour

Year of GIF

2013, 05:44 minutes, colour, Silent

A Moving

2013, 18:21 minutes, colour

The Hotel

2011, 17:10 minutes, colour, English

Ooooo Canada

2010, 28:30 minutes, colour, English

Downtown Eastside

2010, 08:05 minutes, colour, English


2010, 08:40 minutes, colour

Exit Upon Arrival

2010, 02:33 minutes, colour


2010, 05:55 minutes, colour, silent

Well Done

2010, 07:00 minutes, colour, Spanish and English

Easter Parade

2010, 06:00 minutes, colour

The Fallen

2010, 04:45 minutes, colour, English

Car Crash

2010, 04:05 minutes, colour

8th Avenue

2010, 02:38 minutes, colour, English

Enter the Dragon 1973-2008

2010, 05:35 minutes, colour

Last Year

2010, 06:23 minutes, colour, silent

2 Hot 2 Handle

2009, 07:47 minutes, colour, English


2009, 07:30 minutes, colour, English


2008, 07:50 minutes, colour, English, Cantonese

Chelsea Hotel Room 207

2008, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Set Fires

2008, 04:30 minutes, colour, English

Diamond Back

2008, 05:00 minutes, colour, English

Dog Eat Dog

2008, 06:45 minutes, colour, English

in ten sity (5 Channel Installation)

2008, 25:00 minutes, B&W, English

in ten sity mix

2008, 25:00 minutes, B&W, English

Unplugged 2.0 - Educational Edition

2008, 40:00 minutes, colour, English


2008, 38:00 minutes, colour, English

Running in a Maze

2007, 02:45 minutes, colour, English

Perfect Day

2007, 07:30 minutes, colour, English

Hungry Ghosts (5 channel video installation)

2003, 33:00 minutes, colour, english

EAT: Mainstreet Dinner for the Homeless

2003, 04:00 minutes, colur, english


2002, 55:00 minutes, colour, English


2001, 05:00 minutes, colour, english

Refugee Class of 2000

2000, 04:00 minutes, colour, English

Born Under Surveillance

1999, 01:30 minutes, colour, English

Miss Chinatown

1997, 04:30 minutes, English, Cantonese

Blending Milk & Water - Sex in the New World

1996, 28:00 minutes, Cantonese, Mandarin, English

So Are You

1995, 28:00 minutes, colour

Chinaman's Peak: Walking The Mountain

1992, 25:30 minutes, colour

Ordinary Shadows, Chinese Shade

1988, 89:00 minutes, colour, English

Body Fluid

1987, 22:00 minutes, colour, English


1984, 52:00 minutes, colour, English

Confused: Sexual Views Compilation Edit

1984, 59:00 minutes, colour, English

Prime Cuts

1981, 21:00 minutes, colour, English


1980, 39:00 minutes, colour, English

7 Day Activity

1977, 08:30 minutes, colour, English


1976, 04:30 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Paul Wong Is Queering Chinatown
by Lisa Yin Zhang. Hyperallergic Pride Month Series 2024, June 10, 2024. Hyperallergic, 2024.
Empty History: Un-Working Queer Progress
by Adam Barbu. Toronto: Vtape, 2019.
Super Queeroes
by Peter Knegt et al.
Curatorial Incubator: Stop With the Performance Already!
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: V tape, 2014.
Paul Wong: Video and Youth
by Rhiannon Bader. Selector Magazine, Spring 2009, no. 1.
Pictures are out - experience is in
by Sarah Milroy. Globe and Mail, Feb. 14, 2009.
Bring It Back: Thinking the Ethno Politics of Identity Again: A...
by Andrea Fatona et al. Fuse, Sept. Fall 2007, v. 30, no. 4.
Smash: Reflecting Sex: Video Clips 1976-2002
by Winston Xin. Art Star 3 Video Biennal, 2007. Ottawa: Galerie SAW Gallery, 2007.
Just Say Cut!
by Jon Davis. "(Mary, Mary) Are these the hands that cut?", 2006. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2006.
Pleasure Dome Brochure: Winter 2006
by Unknown. Pleasure Dome, Winter 2006.
The Lingering Present: Canadian Video Art in its Youth: 1968-1986
by Lisa Steele. Analogue, 2006. Preston: Electronic and Digital Art Unit, 2006.
Change makers honoured in G-G visual awards
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, Mar. 9, 2005.
Canada honours art pioneers
by Ciara Byrne. The Newspaper, Mar. 10, 2005.
Energetic Freedom
by Jon Davies. Xtra!, Mar. 31, 2005, no. 533.
Video Stars
by Scott Lingley. FAVA Scope, 2005.
Video art 'trailblazers' win Gov. Gen. awards
by Pacienza Angela. Winnepeg Free Press, Mar. 9, 2005.
Wong scores a highlight reel goal
by RM Vaughan. The National Post, Nov. 26, 2005.
Vancouver's Paul Wong among Gov. Gen. winners in visual, media arts
by Angela Pacienza. The National Post- Vancouver Edition, Mar. 9, 2005.
Video art 'trailblazers' win Gov. Gen. awards
by Angela Pacienza. Winnipeg Free Press, Sept. 3 Fall, 2005.
Visual Artists Awarded By Governor General
by Unknown. CBC.CA -Arts, Mar. 8, 2005.
Carolee Schneemann: Devour. DIA Centre for the Arts. New York
by Randall Anderson. Border Crossings, 2004, no. 89.
Canadian Art: 20 Years - A Look Back and Ahead: Artist-Run Spaces
by Richard Rhodes. Canadian Art, Sept. Fall 2004, v. 21, no. 3.
Video Inn and the CRTC
by N/A N/A. In Vision, 2001.
Asian Invasion vs. The Pristine Nation: Migrants entering the...
by Larissa Lai. Fuse, Sept. Fall 2000, v. 23, no. 2.
Interview Paul Wong: 1981-2001 CSV Historical Anthology Series
by Greg Woodbury. Subclip, Fall 2000, no. 6.
Canadian Currents
Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.
Misfits Together: Paul Wong on art, community and Vancouver in the...
by Richard Fung. Fuse, Summer 1998, v. 21, no. 3.
Misfits Together: Paul Wong on art, community and Vancouver in the...
Born Under Surveillance, 1998. Vancouver: Video in Studio, 1998.
Sex Migrants: Paul Wong's Video Geographies of Erotic and Cultural...
by Gordon Brent Ingram. Fuse, Winter 1997, v. 20, no. 1.
Photography and Death
by Martha Langford. Border Crossings, Spring 1995, v. 14, no. 2.
Paradox in Paul Wong's Work
by Jean Gagnon. Paul Wong, 1995. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1995.
Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
by Janine Marchessault. YYZ Books, McGill University, 1995.
The Fruit Machine
by Thomas Waugh. Cinematheque Film Programme Guide, Fall 1994. Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1994.
by Elspeth Sage. Feng Shui, 1994. Vancouver/Newcastle: On Edge (Vancouver), Locus + (Newcastle), 1994.
Guerilla Television/Pirate TV
by Paul Wong. Making Video "In": the contested ground of alternative video on the west coast, 1994. Toronto: Video In Studios, 1994.
From confrontation to transformation
by Chris Dafoe. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 9, 1993.
Chinaman's Peak: Walking the Mountain
by Larissa Lai. Banff: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1993.
The Site of Memory
by Larissa Lai. As Public As Race, July 24, 1992. Alberta: Walter Phillips Gallery, 1992.
Remodeling Asian Media
by Lloyd Wong. Afterimage, May 1991, v. 18, no. 10.
Yellow Peril: Reconsidered
by Stephen Lee. Fuse, Fall 1991, v. 15, no. 1/2.
The Video and Film by Artists series: Recent Acquisitions
by Susan Ditta. National Gallery of Canada, 1990.
Video News
by Kim Tomczak. Fuse, Fall 1990, v. 14, no. 1+2.
Babulal Bhuiya an elegant and searing testimony
by John Harkness and Cameron Bailey. NOW, June 1, 1989, v. 8, no. 38.
Video a Handshake with Chinese Relatives: A family look at...
by Elizabeth Godley. The Vancouver Sun, Mar. 29 Spring, 1989.
Hybrid TV: Feature-length video
by Mark O'Neill. Cinema Canada, Dec. 1988, no. 158.
Cold Snaps: Images 88, Northern Visions showcase of new film and video
by Andrew J. Patterson. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1988, no. 155.
Safe Sexual Imagery
by Helen Lee. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1988, no. 155.
First-generation Video
by Carole Corbeil. The Globe and Mail, June 14, 1988.
Asian New World Video
by Elspeth Sage. Fuse, Summer 1987, v. 11, no. 1.
Artist Paul Wong takes VAG to court again
by Unknown. The Globe and Mail, Apr. 11, 1987.
Visual Evidence: Monitoring Sex: Part 1 & 2 Going All the Way
by Elspeth Sage. Composition, Fall 1987, v. 2, no. 2.
Artropolis Video
by Elizabeth Vander Zaag. Artropolis, 1987.
Asian New World: Video Art and Documentary
by Karen Henry and Paul Wong. Video Guide, 1987, v. 8, no. 5.
Hot Art In A Cool Medium
by Brian D. Johnson and Mark Budgen. Maclean's, Mar. 3, 1986.
First-generation video
by Carole Corbeil. The Globe and Mail, June 14, 1986.
Video In Canada: In Search of Authority
by Renee Baert. From Sea to Shining Sea, 1986. Toronto: The Power Plant, 1986.
Explicit But Equal : Toward A New Pornography
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, Dec. 1986, v. 8, no. 4.
True Enough
by Paul Wong. Video Guide, Dec. 1986, v. 8, no. 4.
Body Fluid (1986)
by Keith Wallace and Paul Wong. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 37/2.
The Market is the Medium: Introduction: Ko Nakajima TAPE / John...
by Paul Wong. Video Guide, Sept. 1986, v. 8, no. 38/3.
Homo Video
by John Greyson. Jump Cut, Mar 1985, no. 30.
Television Interference
by Karen Henry. Vanguard, May 1984, v. 13, no. 4.
Television Interference
by Merike Talve. Video Guide, May 1984, v. 6, no. 3.
Street Culture
by Merike Talve. Video Guide, Aug. 1984, v. 6, no. 4.
Paul Wong: Confused Part III: The Videotape
by Jeanne Randolph. C Magazine, Fall 1984, no. 3.
The Balance of Convenience
by Barbara Daniel. Parallelogramme, 1984, v. 9, no. 5.
Video in Canada: Process and Production
by Renée Baert. Video '84, - Recontres Vidéo Internationales de Montreal, 1984, v. sept.
Naughty Video Art Fascinating
by Christopher Hume. The Toronto Star, Apr. 23, 1984.
Video too explicit , VAG cancels show
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 23, 1984.
Interview: Barb Daniel Interviews Paul Wong for Issue
by Barb Daniel. Issue, Mar. 1984, no. 5.
The Young and Restless Talk Sex
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, Apr. 21, 1984.
Ruling expected as video artist seeks injunction
by Mark Budgen. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 27, 1984.
Artist fails to get injunction
by Mark Budgen. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 28, 1984.
No one can win gallery - Wong dispute
by Max Wyman. The Province, Feb. 28 Winter, 1984.
Sex Video Artist Defends his Work
by Douglas Sagi. The Sun, Feb. 28 Winter, 1984.
Artist Takes Fight to Court
The Globe and Mail, Feb. 25 Winter, 1984.
Morality vs. Art
by Editorial. The Sun, Feb. 25 Winter, 1984.
Artist Fails to Get Injunction
by Mark Budgen. The Globe & Mail, Feb. 28, 1984.
Wong's Video Show Won't Be Seen Here
by Max Wyman. The Province [Vancouver], Feb. 28, 1984.
Provincial Censorship
by Lorraine Kenny. Afterimage, Nov. 1984, v. 12, no. 1.
Artist Appeals to Court
by Doug Todd. The Sun, Feb. 24, 1984.
Gallery Faces Court Fight
by Max Wyman. The Province, Feb. 24, 1984.
Artist's request on hold
by Staff Reporter. The Province, Feb. 26, 1984.
Sex and Representation
by Ian Carr-Harris. Vanguard, 1984, v. 13, no. 9.
Video Interruptus
by Rebecca Lewis. Afterimage, Apr. 1984, v. 11, no. 9.
by Renee Baert. Television Interference, Mar. 1984. Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery, 1984.
British/Canadian Video Exchange '84, 1984. London: Canada House Cultural Centre, 1984.
Under 5
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, Oct. 1984, v. 6, no. 5.
Clear about Confused
by Sara Diamond. Video Guide, Mar. 1984, v. 6, no. 2.
Void Space New Media (Out of Context)
by Paul Wong. Video Guide, Winter 1983, v. 5, no. 5.
Video Culture for the Masses
by James Marck. Now, Oct. 27, 1983, v. 3, no. 8.
Video culture bridges gap between art, culture: Canadian artists...
by Adrian Iwachiw. Excalibur, Nov. 1983, v. 18, no. 10.
Changeless Channels: As video artists clean up their act, they're...
by Lisa Steele. Fuse, Jan. 1982, v. 5, no. 10.
Colour Video/Vulgar Potential
by Peggy Gale. Parachute, Sept. Winter 1982, no. 25.
Protest Against Censor: Two Canadian artists pull out of VideoFest
by Jonathan Gross. The Toronto Sun, Sept. 9, 1982.
New Imagery: At the Museum of Modern Art, New York
by Lori Zippay. Video Guide, 1982, v. 4, no. 20.
Introduction: Transmissions
by Elke Town. Transmissions, 1982. Cambridge: Cambridge Library/Art Center, 1982.
Ed Mowbray: Excerpts and Euphoria
by Paul Wong. Video Guide, 1981, v. 4, no. 1.
Paul Wong Can't Be All Wrong: A Tonge in Cheek Review
by Lulu Keating. Parallelogramme, Dec. 1981, v. 7, no. 2.
Paul Wong: Prime Cuts
by Julie Healey and Elizabeth Chitty. Video Guide, 1981, v. 4, no. 3.
Video Library Looks To Move: Prime Cuts
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, July 26, 1980.
Paul Wong's gruesome visions deal with death's agony
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 26, 1980.
Video et Performance
by Rene Blouin. Living Art, Mar. 1979.
Making Video:: Cable Access, Artists Cooperatives, Fees & Rights
by Paul Wong. International Video Art Symposium - Queen's University, Mar. 5, 1979.
Introduction:: International Video Art Symposium
by Linda J. Milrod. International Video Art Symposium - Queen's University, Mar. 5, 1979.
Paul Wong at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Art Magazine, May Spring 1979.
In Ten Sity: Paul Wong at the Vancouver Art Gallery Videospace
by C.K. Tomczak. Centerfold, Feb. 1979, v. 3, no. 3.
Daniel Dion and Daniel Guimond: Valeur Extra Regle/Extra Rule
by Paul Wong. Centerfold, Dec. 1978, v. 3, no. 1.
Paul Wong: Paul Wong as interviewed by Michael Goldberg
by Michael Goldberg. Centerfold, June 1978, v. 2, no. 5.
At Video Inn: Paul Wong as interviewed by Michael Goldberg
by Unknown. Cantrills Filmnotes, Apr. 1975, no. 21, 22.
VideoGuide Interviews Paul Wong
by Video Guide and Paul Wong. Video Guide, Nov..