Commentary in category: Writing

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 Apr 28, 2019
By Amy Weng

"Although university art galleries globally are no longer bound by traditional demands to be “teaching” facilities, how do we distinguish between what is ‘educational’ and what simply raises the profile of a campus? Have the lines between university art galleries and their civic counterparts become too blurred? Does it matter?" - Amy Weng

Posted Mar 29, 2019
By Ioana Gordon-Smith

As From the Shore opens at Pataka in Wellington, we revisit curator Ioana Gordon-Smith's address to the 2018 CIRCUIT Symposium on the work of pioneering Māori film-makers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita, and their influence on contemporary practitioners now. For more texts and conversation around these artists, download our Symposium e-book here.

Posted Mar 7, 2019
By Stephanie Beth

In this long form essay film-maker Stephanie Beth reflects on two films made in 1977 and 1980 that sought to give voice to women, finding a kindred contemporary spirit in Ruth Buchanan’s Walter Prize winning installation BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS (2018). This essay is included in the free CIRCUIT E-book The Time of the Now, 118 pages of papers and discussion from the 2018 CIRCUIT Symposium. Get it here.

Posted Mar 5, 2019
By Mark Williams

CIRCUIT is proud to present The Time of the Now e-book. 118 pages of interviews, presentations and discussion from the 2018 CIRCUIT Symposium. Free to download from the CIRCUIT website.

“…what has been happening today across some of the presentations is the articulation of a vision of what documentary could or should be, or how it could relate to an audience. That doesn’t always happen. In fact, it often doesn’t happen.” - Dr. Erika Balsom

Posted Feb 27, 2019
By Matariki Williams

Nearly 250 years ago, a large ship made its way from the Society Islands, charting south to its destination of Terra Australis. On board was a man who came to be revered, and loved, by the people he met. He was of course Tupaia, a tohunga, rangatira, ringatoi from the island of Ra’iatea.

Posted Feb 7, 2019
By Becky Hemus

"Lee is at once obstinate about the implicit labour that artists need to perform, and keenly aware that it is largely necessary in order to succeed. His reticence signals an admission that he is less commercially successful than he might wish to one day be, and a tenaciousness in his desire to carve his own path by producing art in a way that is authentic to him." - Becky Hemus

Posted Jan 25, 2019
By Lana Lopesi

“Following in the footsteps of a suite of Indigenous futurist artists from Turtle Island to Hawaiʻi, Rands' animation uses traditional practices to imagine radical change.” - Lana Lopesi

Posted Jan 23, 2019
By Mark Amery

"Nicol’s work is like the poetic form of the elegy. It reaches out for contact with something that has been lost by reflecting on its representation - be that a photograph, a sculpture, a sound or a memory. Inevitably, as Nicol muses obliquely in the video, something is always missing." - Mark Amery

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