Commentary

Writing Posted May 21, 2020
By Hamish Win
Richard Frater, Sweet Apparition (2008) detail

"...we can say that the concept of duration is keenly represented in moving image work, but more importantly, it is also able to actuate a perception of duration in the viewer. Do we need to say though that this is solely the purview of moving image work alone?"

Duration is the last of four essays by Hamish Win exploring how key moving-image concepts arise in other formats.

Writing Posted May 11, 2020
By Jane Wallace

"The more that I think about this predicament, the more I wonder if the act of publishing occurs in the moment of fixing ink on a page or in its distribution" - Jane Wallace

Writing Posted May 1, 2020
By Moya Lawson

"This Biennale is bustling, crowded even. Bodies, images and sounds jar and interact in closely-knit constellations. This proposes a dynamic connectivity while baring each artworks singular power." - Moya Lawson

As the 22nd Sydney Biennale goes online, Moya Lawson's review of the Biennale's physical edition affirms the moving image as a dynamic, sculptural and site-responsive practice

Podcast Posted Apr 29, 2020
By Mark Williams

In moments of change there is a window to act. How do we organise our politics around the new situation? How do we organise our institutions? What role should artists play in this? How do we move beyond short term solutions to long term ones? And if the next crisis - Climate Change - is going to change daily life for all of us, what do we need to put in place *now* for the long term?

Podcast Posted Apr 20, 2020
By Mark Williams

Is time out the most productive time of all?

Writing Posted Apr 14, 2020
By Erika Balsom

"These works leave behind postmodern scepticism, trading doubt and suspicion for an attitude of care, asserting a bond to actuality even if the meaning of what is seen and heard remains open to debate" - Erika Balsom

Writing Posted Mar 30, 2020
By Mark Williams

"Artists who challenge the model typically are collaborators" - Bruce Barber

With a dozen video works from 1973-2019 now on CIRCUIT, renowned New Zealand/Canadian artist Bruce Barber sat down with Mark Williams to discuss a career spent working inside and outside the art world; the link between the 2019 Hong Kong protests and historical radical Bertrand Russell; and rethinking Marxism for the 21st century.

Podcast Posted Mar 17, 2020
By Mark Williams

"(HIV) doesn’t have agency, it’s not alive like we are, it’s just a piece of programming, but... in empathising with it, I have gained a greater respect for it" - John Walter

Writing Posted Mar 3, 2020
By Thomasin Sleigh

The three new video art commissions for the screen in Mason’s Lane, a busy pedestrian staircase in Wellington’s CBD, resist any unifying theme or aesthetic.

Writing Posted Feb 17, 2020
By Connie Brown

"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity" — Simone Weil (i)

Writing Posted Feb 10, 2020
By Mark Williams

The true story of how Lydia Lunch, the Karrabing Film Collective and four films from Aotearoa thwarted Brexit (almost) at the 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival.

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