Commentary

Podcast Posted Aug 17, 2018
By Mark Williams

“The terrorist spectacle accommodates a dirtier game underneath”
- Johan Grimonprez.

Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez discusses his films Blue Orchids (2017) and dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), showing at City Gallery Wellington as part of the exhibition Iconography Of Revolt.

Podcast Posted Aug 14, 2018
By Mark Amery

“There's something inevitably fascistic about a perfect world” - Stella Brennan.

UK academic Sean Cubitt joins Stella Brennan and host Mark Amery to discuss Stella's recent show at Trish Clark gallery Object Permanence, technological utopias and "responding to the ancestors that we’ve locked up."

Podcast Posted Jul 25, 2018
By Mark Amery

“If the essay film has become a trope…and these strategies that we’re using have become formulaic, how do we negotiate our way through that?” - Gavin Hipkins.

In the fourth of our conversation series Sonya Lacey and Gavin Hipkins discuss a shared interest in failed utopias, the moving image as a distribution mode of sculpture and working methodologies. Hosted by Mark Amery.

Writing Posted Jul 16, 2018
By Mark Williams
CIRCUIT Symposium 2018: The Time of the Now

What strategies do contemporary artists employ to test media representation of reality and the means through which we channel and consume it? How do artists expand the documentary form through various material processes and formal strategies? How do artists deconstruct the surfeit of images we already have and the means by which we receive them? Can 'truth' and fiction exist in the same space? What historical artworks could be part of a revised genealogy of current documentary practices in Aotearoa New Zealand? How could an ethic of care, as understood through sustained relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities be played out through documentary practices?

Writing Posted Jul 10, 2018
By Hamish Win

"...it makes sense to read the satellite as an extension of an embedded technology already at work, not just the out-reaches of an exploitative capitalism, but just another iteration of a frontier that’s always been with us." - Hamish Win

Writing Posted Jun 20, 2018
By Thomasin Sleigh

A warning, perhaps, for reviewers. On the second floor of the Govett Brewster large sheets of paper are lit by vivid red lights. In the gloom, we can make out semi-deconstructed poems and brief statements: coherent, unclear, clear – she / shallowness-depth-she / Less-less-than lack-she.

Interview 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.

Writing Posted May 25, 2018
By Mark Williams

"I expected beautiful landscapes…but the films are so claustrophobic". A round up of recent CIRCUIT screenings in Europe, audience response, and reflection on different models for exchange.

Podcast Posted May 15, 2018
By Thomasin Sleigh

"Let's see if we can make other people admit to having these mundane desires and pleasures" - Marie Shannon

Writing Posted Apr 19, 2018
By Robyn Maree Pickens

Is the rustling of Snickers wrappers beneath my feet a filmic moment? The gallery floor is strewn with them, and with grapefruit seeds, which I initially mistook for peanuts. Is the weight of a person crushing grapefruit seeds a filmic moment?

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