Commentary

Writing Posted Feb 10, 2020
By Mark Williams
Performance by Raomi Muzho Saleh at Sacred Beings panel, IFF Rotterdam 2020, with Sarnt Utamachote, Tanu Gago, Sarafine van Ast, Wang Shui

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.

Writing Posted Jan 17, 2020
By Judy Darragh

"As Amator progresses, camera and mother become voyeurs as they move through the city, mountains, desert, interiors and exteriors. At times the camera is shared for others to use, it has become a family member." - Judy Darragh

Podcast Posted Dec 19, 2019
By Mark Williams

In this CIRCUIT Cast 2019 review we welcome Judy Darragh (artist), Remco de Blaaij (Director, Artspace Aotearoa), Becky Hemus (Writer) and Lucinda Bennett (writer).

Podcast Posted Dec 10, 2019
By Mark Amery

“I’m interested in what Pacific work looks like situated in a lens of popular culture” - Tanu Gago

Writing Posted Dec 9, 2019
By Hamish Win

"we might think of Pointon’s work here as a testimonial in the best sense, in that it too claims a moment of self-expression from within a system normally rigged for mass-dispersion." - Hamish Win

In this third essay in a series exploring how key moving-image concepts arise in other formats, Hamish Win discusses the work of Elisabeth Pointon, Luke Willis Thompson, Anna Brimer & Max Fleury, Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolas Goldberg, Lee Miller and Fiona Connor and Rob Hood.

See part One - Absorption and part Two - Refraction!

Writing Posted Nov 14, 2019
By Jane Wallace

"...this anonymity, which can only breed within a crowd, enacts a radical invisibility within Offspring of rain. It destabilises the authority of physical existence in favour of sensation." - Jane Wallace

Writing Posted Oct 22, 2019
By Hamish Win

"...what we get isn’t the straight take but the oblique angle, the refracting line in which storylines can multiply." - Hamish Win

In this second essay of a three-part series exploring how key moving-image concepts arise in other formats, Hamish Win discusses Guillaume Cailleau, Shaun Waugh, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Enberg and Tahi Moore.

Writing Posted Oct 16, 2019
By Tim Corballis

"How we judge Campbell’s photography might come down to how we judge the ability of the camera to put an idea of contact and connection into practice."

Tim Corballis discusses two exhibitions by Joyce Campbell exhibited concurrently at the Adam Art Gallery, On the Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the Work of Joyce Campbell and Te Taniwha: The Manuscript of Ārikirangi Adam Art Gallery, 27 July to 20 October 2019.

Interview Posted Oct 9, 2019
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"Where did we get to, David, in terms of Australia and New Zealand relations?" - Cushla Donaldson

501s is a work by Cushla Donaldson which invited prisoners detained under the Australian Immigration Act of 2014 to participate in the live streaming component of an installation at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2018. The project highlighted the plight of approximately 1300 New Zealand citizens held without criminal charges by the Australian government on suspicion of 'criminal conduct'. 501s is now showing in The Shouting Valley: Interrogating the Borders Between Us a group exhibition at Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery until 14 December.

Podcast Posted Sep 25, 2019
By Mark Amery

On the phone from Sydney, Chevron Hassett talks to Mark Amery about Mauri Tū, The First Breath of Light (2019) showing as part of Home Movies, this Saturday 28 September 10am-4pm in Wellington.

Podcast Posted Sep 18, 2019
By Mark Amery

"A lot of confessions we make are performative" - Serena Bentley

In this podcast Melbourne-based curator Serena Bentley talks to Mark Amery about Personal Space, CIRCUIT's 2019 programme of Artist Cinema Commissions. Personal Space features five new works for cinema by Natasha Matila-Smith, Campbell Patterson, Janet Lilo, Tanu Gago and Atong Atem. Each artist was asked by Bentley to respond to the questions; 'What do we call 'home'? What are our shared values? What does home look like?'

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