Ming-Zhu Hii has been telling stories and creating spatial, temporal, live and lens-based projects since 2002.
As a director-writer-maker, her practice embraces a mélange of film, video, installation, theatre, still photography and text.
Her work includes the forthcoming short film "Intrusion", the recent installation "Dead Drop", short film "Close Observations of a Single Subject", multimedia and performance hybrids, "Until Then, Then" and "This is Beautiful" and the widely critically acclaimed theatre and installation piece, "Attract/Repel".
Ming-Zhu's work concerns questions of the body as symbol and vessel, what it means to be female, what it is to be observed (and to observe oneself); social diversity, trauma, and increasingly the urgency of deep ecological practices.
She helms Find & Replace Films whose body of work dives into may of these preoccupations through the screen-based re-imagination of received myth and canonical texts, and The Public Studio, a multidisciplinary practice for the creation of art experiences and meditations that encourage deep, sacred, and empathetic engagement with these urgent questions.
Her artistic influences are diverse and varied, and include amongst them: Michael Haneke, Yoko Ono, Chris Marker, Sophie Calle, Heiner Müller, John Cage, Sally Potter, Matthew Barney, Yinka Shonibare, Jenny Holzer, Eve Sussman and Romeo Castellucci.
Ming-Zhu trained at VCA in Melbourne, Australia at the turn of the millennium under the iconoclastic artistic leadership of Lindy Davies, whose philosophies along with those of tutors Robert Draffin and Leisa Shelton remain fundamental to her practice universally today.
She is also known for her work as an Australian actor and voiceover artist.
Ming-Zhu's recent acting work includes television series "The Ex-PM", "Sisters" and "Newton's Law", and feature film, "That's Not Me". She will also be seen in the 2018 major Sony release, "Peter Rabbit", as well as in her own forthcoming short, "Intrusion."
She has an extensive background on the main and independent stages of Australia, and has performed with Malthouse Theatre, MTC, STC, and both Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, including in the intriguing and lauded performance work, "Lifeline" by German artist, Uwe Mengel.
Alongside acting, Ming-Zhu works regularly as a commercial voiceover artist. She is prized by studios, agencies and clients for her uniquely rich, warm and reassuring tones, and her ability to work hard, with rigour and precision in the booth.
Artist Curriculum Vitae
Ming-Zhu Hii (b. 1981, Australia)
Bachelor of Dramatic Art, Victorian College of the Arts, School of Drama (2002)
Advanced Diploma Screen and Media (Film & TV Project Development), Open Channel (2014)
Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Holmesglen TAFE (2010)
Responsive Practice Training, Leisa Shelton / Fragment31 (2016)
Selected Arts Projects
2017 Short Film: Intrusion (post-production)
2017 Installation: Dead Drop, Mailbox Art Space
2016 Hybrid Media: Close Observations of a Single Subject: a catalogue of fragments (online)
2016 Short Film: Close Observations of a Single Subject (distributor: Gonella Films)
2015 Live Art: Scribe, Festival of Live Art, Arts House
2015 Exhibited Text: Duality (group show) No Vacancy
2014 Feature Film Screenplay: The Fashion Director (in development) Docklands Film Studios
2013 Video / Episodic Film: Zierle & Carter: Between Lands & Longings, Federation Square
2013 Still Photography: cover, Poetry Australia Journal
2013 Video Art / Live Performance: This Is Beautiful, Malthouse Theatre, Helium Season
2013 Multimedia / Live Performance: Until Then, Then, La Mama Theatre
2013 Video Art: Fruit, Hedgehog, Epilogue Video Art program, Long Play Cinema
2012 Experimental Film: Hey, Wasteland (ongoing development)
2009 Theatre (Text): Aviary - a triptych, Branch Theatre, La Mama Theatre
2009 Performance / Installation / Video: Attract/Repel, The Store Room / Melbourne Fringe Festival
2009 Performance / Installation: Sandwiches, The Melbourne Town Players, site-specific installation
2008 Performance / Installation / Video: TWO (site-specific residential installation)
2006 Theatre: Y. (on the life & work of Yoko Ono), Next Wave Festival, Arts House Meat Market
Awards, Grants and Development Bursaries
2016 Co-Lab Writer/Director Development Program, Malthouse Theatre
2014 Advanced Diploma Screen and Media, Open Channel
2012 Women & Multicultural Artist Leadership Development, Australia Council
2009 Kultour & Melbourne Fringe Multicultural Practice Award (Attract/Repel)
2009 Victorian Arts Centre Development Grant (Attract/Repel)
2008 Multicultural Arts Professional Development / Cultural Brokerage, Australia Council
2007 Spark Youth Arts Mentorship & Development Grant, Aus Co & YAQ (TWO)
2006 City of Melbourne Young Artist’s Production Grant (Y.)
2005 Australia Council Literature Board, new form literature development grant (The Penelope Project)
Conferences, Seminars, Lectures and Panels
2016 Moderator: AR & VR: The Future of Performance, Gender on the Agenda Summit
2015 Presenter: Pecha Kucha, presentation: “Spaciousness in our Perception”
2010 Speaker: Diversity in Health Conference / Multicultural Representation in the Arts
2009 Panelist: Victorian Arts Centre, Time to Talk: Diversity in the Performing Arts
2009 Panelist: Melbourne Workers’ Theatre: Representation in Storytelling, Trades Hall
2009 Green Room Awards Judge (Independent; Hybrid & Alternative panels)
For commissions, collaborations or more information about current and past projects (film, theatre, video, other artforms) please use the form supplied.
If enquiring about working with Ming-Zhu as an actor or voiceover artist, please do not use this form, but instead contact her representation directly:
Nicky Gluyas Management // +61 2 9973 4184
EM Voices // +61 3 9932 5777