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Jessica Speer (b. 1980, NM)

Jessica Speer is an artist, librarian, and relaxing lady. Her work, including field recordings, papercut collage, performance, zines, and installations, touches on questions of ecology, community, history, mortality, and memory.

Education
Pratt Institute, Master of Library & Information Science, 2008
St. John’s College, Santa Fe, Bachelor of Arts, 2002

Selected Performances
2016
Sector 2337 (Chicago): Untitled Performance (with Anthelion Quintet)

2015
DePaul University (Chicago): Guided Meditation for Researchers
Tritriangle (Chicago): Relaxing Lady’s Library (installation)
Tritriangle (Chicago): Unguided Meditation
DePaul University (Chicago): The Sound and the Sample (The Speers)
Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago): Things that should not be picked up in the first place (with Becky Grajeda and Kurt Peterson)
Logan Arcade (Chicago): DJ Set

2014
Links Hall (Chicago): Extinct Entities festival (The Speers)
2nd Floor Rear (Chicago): Sonic Meditations Chicago (with Becky Grajeda)
Fuse Factory (Columbus, OH): Untitled Performance (The Speers)
Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago): Performance with ADA
Sector 2337 (Chicago): Co-occupations: Readings from The Division of Labor (The Speers)

2013
Read/Write Library (Chicago): “Is Death Your Friend?” (with the Self Preservation Working Group)
Comfort Station (Chicago): Improv quartet (with Steve Germana, Becky Grajeda and Peter Speer)
MCA (Chicago): Chicago Phonography (with the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology)
Fuse Factory (Columbus, OH): On a Text by James Baldwin (with Becky Grajeda)
Green Lantern Gallery (Chicago): Closing Party (The Speers)

2012
Antena (Chicago): Evil is Interesting (Lady Rollins)
Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago): Losing the Gloves (Lady Rollins)
Quimby’s (Chicago): Hip Hop Apsara Reading (The Speers)

Selected Curatorial Programs
2013
Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago): Bad Rabbit: Sound::Poetry, Poetry::Sound

2012
The New (New) Corpse (Chicago): 100 Birthdays: Readings and Performances in Celebration of John Cage

Teaching
2018
Roots + Wings School of Art + Design, Instructor

Selected Library Experience
2015-2017
Highland Park Public Library (Highland Park, IL): Youth Services Manager

2013-present
Relaxing Lady’s Library (Chicago): Director, Relaxing Librarian

2010-2014
Read/Write Library (Chicago): Programming Coordinator, Librarian, Library Psychic (database fortune teller)