Jim Speers works as a member of the Xian Chang Bian (Field Recordings) collective. Their recent project, Let the Water Flow, documents the working lives of people who work on the rivers of Shanghai. He is presently developing a documentary project about the coastal communities in Japan.
Speers is an artist who has worked in a range of media including sculptural installation and digital video. This has involved production and exhibition in New Zealand, Europe and China.
Selected group shows include: Signals, Starkwhite, Auckland (2014); 15th Tallinn Print Triennial: FOR LOVE NOT MONEY, curated by Simon Rees, Tallinn, Estonia (2011); Sign of the Times, public project, City Gallery, Wellington, Curator Heather Galbraith (2008); Past, Present, Place, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg (2008); Video Block 3, Peng Raum fur Kunst, Mannheim, Curator Leonhard Emmerling (2007); Sport, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand (2007); High Tide, Recent Currents in Australia and New Zealand Art, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland and The Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius, Lithuania, Curators Magda Kardasz, Simon Rees (2006); Gridlock: Cities, Structures, Spaces, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, curator Simon Rees (2004); Remember New Zealand, Sao Paulo Biennale Sao Paolo, Brazil, Curator Tobias Berger (2004); and Everyday Minimalism, New Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, Curator Robert Leonard (2004).
Jim Speers teaches art at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland
Zixuan Guo (Tracey) Guo works in video, video installation and performance art. Influenced by Eastern philosophy, the aesthetics of yielding, softness, slowness, balance, suppleness, and rootedness are underlying the culture of her origin. The initial drive of her practice is her transitional self living in both China and New Zealand and thus experiencing the ‘in between position’ in relation to the everyday performance of art making. She finds herself as a culture rambler touring around those simple but significant moments of everyday life.
Guo works as a member of the Xian Chang Bian (Field Recordings) collective. Their recent project, Let the Water Flow, documents the lives of people who work on the rivers of Shanghai.
Tell me a Story. Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016)/ Light | Umbrella | Shadow, Circles Gallery, Auckland (2014)/ Six of One, 30upstairs, Wellington (2014)/ Design Shanghai 2013, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2013)/ Tour, Northart Gallery, Auckland/ Digibox, Auckland Art Fair public programme (2013)/Be Water My Friend. Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2011)