Commentary in category: Interview

Posted Jun 11, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

“When I think about moving image, I think its' whakapapa goes to performance. If you look at the elements of kapa haka there are some really great things to call on, to bring in. It’s storytelling. I've never been very interested in having video that hasn't had people in it neither.” - Rachael Rakena

In the third conversation from our four part series Uiuinga, Bridget Reweti meets Rachael Rakena. Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand.

Posted May 27, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

“I don't know how you're going to get them out, but... this is supporting them right now... Maybe it doesn't matter?” - Lisa Reihana

In the second conversation from our Uiuinga series, Bridget Reweti meets Lisa Reihana. Discussing shifting structures for artist moving image production from the 1980s to the present, what emerges is a history of fragile institutional support operating in parallel to an artist-led network of relationships and connections which aren't quite written down in the art historical sense.” Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand.

Posted May 21, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand, Uiuinga is a four-part series in which Bridget Reweti interviews four Māori artists about their work in the moving image. In this conversation Robert Jahnke discusses his 1979 animated film Te Utu, which he made a student in California to "commemorate the importance of Rangi and Papa" and Cliff Whiting's mural Te Wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa (1969-76).

Posted Dec 1, 2018
By Mark Williams

As part of an exchange with Enjoy Gallery in Wellington from 8 November-8 December, Taipei Contemporary Art Center present It Follows, a two part installation in Wellington which seeks to unpack some of the social, political and artistic ambitions of contemporary art spaces. CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams sat down with visiting TCAC curator Bochun Hsiao, TCAC board member Frankie Su, and Enjoy Director Sophie Davis to discuss the role of contemporary spaces like Enjoy and TCAC in an ever-changing landscape of institutional and artistic flux.

Posted Oct 24, 2018

Curated by Laura Duffy, worth your while is an installation for public art space Masons Screen. Featuring works by Elisabeth Pointon and Dilohana Lekamge, worth your while examines self care within the day to day environments of work and home.

Posted Jun 13, 2018
By Mark Williams

"...the filmmaker being present to engage with the audience is one of the most special aspects of experimental film" - Jodie Mack. Ahead of their upcoming screenings in Wellington / New Plymouth, Jodie Mack (USA/UK) and Fern Silva (USA/Portugal) give an insight into their working processes.

Posted Jan 26, 2017
By Mark Williams

An interview with curator Lawrence McDonald about PALeo Neo Video - Chapters from the history of video art in New Zealand 1970-1990s, an ambitious and largely undocumented survey of artist moving image practice that was staged in 1999.

Posted Nov 29, 2016
By Robert Leonard

Robert Leonard talks to Gavin Hipkins about his latest film, New World (2016). It was made for CIRCUIT’s screening programme This Is not film-making. Artists work for cinema, which premiered at City Gallery Wellington on 9 September 2016, and screens at Te Uru Waitakere on 6 December. The interview is based on a discussion held at the CIRCUIT symposium, Phantom Topologies, at City Gallery Wellington.

Posted Mar 30, 2016
By Mark Williams

Artist and Curator Shireen Seno is currently touring New Zealand with a 30 year survey of Filipino avant-garde cinema entitled The Kalampag Tracking Agency. Shireen took the time to answer a few questions via email about compiling histories out of the rubble of dictatorship and typhoons.