Artist collective Field Recordings (Zixuan Guo, Li Xiaofei, Tu Rapana Neill, Jim Speers and Clinton Watkins) work with a shared interest in the social geography of contemporary Shanghai.
The consistent undercurrent here is water - the Suzhou and Chang Jiang Rivers - as a physical, political and economic barrier that exists between those making a living on the rivers, and the skyscrapers that represent the proliferation of wealth in the city. The exhibition includes new video works, produced collaboratively, and a soundscape composed for the space.
Image: Field Recordings, Xiao Pudong (production still), 2017. HD video, single channel, 31:00 minutes.
EXTRA: Floor Talk with Li Xiaofei
In 2010 Li Xiaofei initiated Assembly Line, an ongoing project that records processes of industrialised social change in China, and internationally. Through the project Li considers the social context that exists within and beyond the orderliness of the assembly line, the capitalist factory, the mechanised systems underpinning consumer society, and ideas of 'social progress'. Field Recordings is accompanied by a publication designed by Narrow Gauge, Layla Tweedie-Cullen. It includes essays by Emma Ng, Michael Wilson and Hsieh Feng-Rong. This will be launched at Li Xiaofei's floor talk.
Tues 20 March 5.30pm
ST PAUL St Gallery Two, AUT
Tu Rapana Neill
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