Commentary

Podcast Posted Sep 3, 2019
By Mark Williams

"There's always the question of authoring ... I like the shared space of co-production" - Alex Monteith

Writing Posted Jul 24, 2019
By Mark Williams

"Raw Black Metal has been really useful in terms of reinforcing the attitude or sensibility for making work. I guess it provides a sense of strength and then I distill that within my own work in a certain way." - Clinton Watkins

CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams sits down with Clinton Watkins to discuss a series of recent works inspired by Stanley Kubrick, ecological awareness and musical manifestos.

Writing Posted Jul 2, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

"I’m interested in how you carry things, not necessarily resolve things or erase things. You just kind of carry them, hold them, bear them." - Shannon Te Ao

In the fourth and final conversation from our four part series Uiuinga, Bridget Reweti meets Shannon Te Ao. Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand.

Writing Posted Jun 25, 2019
By Hamish Win

There’s a plasticity to the arts that makes mediums entirely fluid. Surely then it’s no surprise to recognise one mediums technique in another. With this in mind, Hamish Win explores how key moving-image concepts of absorption, refraction and duration all arise in other formats. In this first essay of a three-part series Win examines Sam Rountree Williams’ recent use of cinematic absorption to invoke in painting a temporality without end.

Podcast Posted Jun 14, 2019
By Mark Amery

A new roundtable podcast brings together three Auckland gallery directors; Gabriela Salgado (Te Tuhi), Lisa Beauchamp (Gus Fisher) and Charlotte Huddleston (St Paul St Gallery), to discuss recent strategies for sustainability and audience engagement. Drawing on perspectives both local and international, the panel discuss the role of University galleries within the institution, reaching out to public space, low wages for artists and hosting the odd wedding to pay the bills.

Writing 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.

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.

Writing 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).

Podcast Posted May 3, 2019
By Mark Amery

"Different Art Fairs have different roles" - Stephanie Post, co-director Auckland Art Fair

 
Writing 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

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