1/2″ Open Reel 1
Paul Wong Projects
Personal video, video art, artistic collaborations (1973-1978)
Paul Wong’s delivery of his 1/2″ collection to VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2021.
Photo: Clark Henderson
Wong began working with the Portapak through the Intermedia Society, a collaborative association of multidisciplinary artists. Those who incorporated video into their practice included Taki Bluesinger, Crista Dahl, Don Druik, Maxine Gadd, Gerry Gilbert, Michael Goldberg, Helen Goodwin, Carole Itter, Roy Kiyooka, Glenn Lewis, Kitty Hawk, Eric Metcalfe, Tom Paskal, Evelyn Roth, David Rimmer, Dallas Selman, Marsha Stone, and Vincent Trasov, among others. Wong would collaborate with many of them in the following years. By the time Wong was producing the videos on this page, he had co-founded the Satellite Video Exchange Society, giving him generous access to the technology, and was producing The Mainstreeters tapes (with Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt).
1/2″ Open Reel 1 features Wong’s early video art, artistic collaborations, and personal experiments with the format.
Go to 1/2″ Open Reel 2 featuring videos produced during Wong’s collaboration with Helen Goodwin and The Performance Warehouse.