About

Amy Suo Wu was born in China, grew up in Australia, and lives in The Netherlands as an artist and teacher. Since 2015, Amy Suo Wu has explored steganography, a form of secret writing that conceals information within public information. Hidden in plain sight, steganography is camouflaged communication. She is drawn to steganographic practices such as hiding techniques, evasion tactics, and covert communication as acts of resistances in the face of oppression and violence. What started as a techno-political inquiry into how analog steganography might subvert digital surveillance and bypass censorship, gradually shifted to focus on invisibility tactics used by marginalised cultures and social movements. The final unfolding of this journey brought Wu to uncover her own embodied experiences of invisibility and trauma. This research is now published under the title 'A Cookbook of Invisible Writing' through Onomatopee. 

Wu has co-organised the annual zine festival Zine Camp in Rotterdam. She holds a Masters in Media Design and Communication from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. From 2013-2016, she co-ran Eyesberg, a graphic design studio motivated by conceptual and experimental approaches. She was awarded the Grant programme for Talent Development from Creative Industries Fund NL, as well as two studio residences at I: project space in Beijing and ZKU in Berlin. Recent solo and group exhibitions have been held at Artspace Ideas Platform, Sydney; Drugo More, Croatia; Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana; Seoul Mediacity Biennale; Espace Multimédia Gantner, France; and I: project space Beijing. She is currently a tutor and graduation supervisor at Experimental Publishing at Piet Zwart Institute and practice teacher in Cultural Diversity at Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam.

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PRESS/WRITING

2019. ABC's The Mix, interview by Abubakr Mahmoud
2019. Recap: Amy Suo Wu’s “Thunderclap”, by Chloé Wolifson
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. Thunderclap, Artspace Ideas Platform, 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
2019. Talk and workshop at Graphic Design Arnehm Summer Sessions, De-Modernizing Design, NL
2019. Talk at Found in Translation, curated by Urok Shirhan, Perdu, Amsterdam, NL
2019. Lecture and workshop at Master Interior Design Artez, Zwolle, NL
2019. Lecture and workshop at Graphic Design Arnhem, NL
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. A Cookbook of Invisible Writing, 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