New York-based visual artist, Jen Liu is seeking 2 female/female-identifying dancers/performers of Northeast or Southeast Asian descent, aged 27-50 years old and 3-4 dancers/performers of any age/identity. This is for a new film which will be shot in Birmingham in December 2019.
This short (20 – 25 minute long) art video tries to find new ways of mapping the relationship between western consumption and new tech labour, and Chinese industrial labour. It will be shot between Shanghai, China, and Birmingham, England through 2019, and will premiere in 2020. It is related to a larger body of work – Pink Slime Caesar Shift – itself based on a speculative proposal to embed secret messages in food networks to help with labour organizing amongst workers in South China.
Jen Liu is a visual artist working in video, choreographic performance and painting to explore national identity, gendered economies, neoliberal industrial labour, and the re-motivating of archival artefacts. She has been awarded a number of grants and fellowships including the 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video and has presented work at The Whitney Museum, MoMA, and The New Museum, New York; Royal Academy and ICA in London; as well as the 2014 Shanghai Biennale and UCCA Beijing. In 2019 she is a Swatch Artist in Residence in Shanghai, China, and is preparing a new dance performance and installation commission for the Singapore Biennale 2019. www.jenliu.info
Examples of video work
Pink Slime Caesar Shift, 2018:
The Pink Detachment of Women, 2015-16
The Machinist’s Lament, 2014:
Jen Liu’s new film will be exhibited at Millennium Point, Birmingham in March 2020 as part of American Export, a programme of workshops, talks, film, performance and visual art at The University of Westminster and sites across Birmingham city centre. The programme explores the ubiquity of American culture via postcolonial and transatlantic perspectives.
American Export is curated by Christina Millare and developed with support from The Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, Grand Union and Arts Council England. This project is also supported by DanceXchange.
Further info: www.americanexport.info
Where: Millennium Point, Birmingham
When: 14 – 17 December 2019, hours variable based on role.
Job role: 2 female dancers/performers of NE/SE Asian descent and 3-4 performers of any identity. Contemporary training in dance preferred, but other types of performers could work, as long as sequences of gestures can be memorised and repeated with fidelity. While the gestures are mundane (fixing earrings, walking upstairs, using a laptop) – they will correspond with movements done by performers in a shoot in China (Summer 2019, underway) – so need to be quite accurate. See attached working doc. for general context/content.
ROLES + FEES
Tech #1: Woman of NE/SE Asian descent, 3 days filming on location, £450/ £150 per day. Fee does not include travel or per diems.
Tech #2: Woman of NE/SE Asian descent, 1-2 days filming on location, £300/ £150 per day. Fee does not include travel or per diems.
Tech Extras: 3-4 people of open identity, 3-4 hours on location, £50 each. Fee does not include travel or per diems. All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
How to apply:
Deadline for applications is Monday 7 October 2019. Selections will be made based on CV and showreel. Selected applicants will be notified by Monday 21st October 2019.
● A one-page CV with headshot
● A video of yourself performing/training/showreel. Please make sure you are easy to identify in the video and that we can get a sense of your movement style.