LEADING CULTURE DESTINATIONS:
Wanda Orme is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and writer. Born on the Isle of Man, raised in London and lost in California, she has most recently returned to London after living and working in New York City. Holding Master's degrees in both Anthropology (University of California) and Psychology (New School for Social Research), Wanda has conducted fieldwork over 6 years with chronically homeless individuals, focusing on the experience of vulnerability. Her work aims at communication and resonance, sharing her own experience and her understanding of the experience of others. As an artist and a human she is committed to a mode of engagement centred upon openness, vulnerability and intuition. Her photographic work and writings have been published and exhibited in both Europe and America and she is currently working on her first collection of poetry entitled “The Becoming Light of Water”.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which one would it be?
The Last Supper, by da Vinci–it would have been good to have a woman at the table.
How will museums impact future cities?
I think that the definition and separation of the two will be increasingly questioned–the difference between the living city, and the parts of it that are preserved for consumption as cultural artefacts will become more prominent. I’m thinking of Venice here as an example. Hopefully, there will be an ongoing conversation between museums and cities, how they themselves are defined as well as how they define each other, and how to address questions of the city becoming the museum and vice versa.
What are your favourite emerging cultural cities or organisations?
Havana, for it’s resilience, creativity and ongoing ambivalence towards power and influence. My love affair with Italy is ongoing–its culture weaves ties between past and present so that while it emerges it brings its history with it. Parley for the Oceans is an organisation collaborating across disciplines on projects to halt the destruction of the oceans. We’re at a time when we need to admit that the separation of nature and culture is a false one - the environment is a cultural issue.
Who do you think are the cultural innovators of tomorrow, and why?
The margins have always fostered unique innovations, I hope that we’ll start to listen to voices that have previously been unheard and look to existent alternatives–more cross-pollination, more discussion and appreciation for the innovation and ideas that already exist in the world.
What are you up to at the moment?
I am currently working on my first collection of poetry, coming soon. You can follow my adventures @wandaorme and other projects including latest publications can be found here www.wandaorme.com