CIRCUIT TV presents: Truth or Consequences

How can artists respond to a ‘post-truth era’ of humanitarian and ecological crisis?

CIRCUIT TV is proud to present Truth or Consequences, a programme of five works for cinema by Andrew de Freitas, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Vea Mafile`o, Janine Randerson, and Bridget Reweti. 55 minutes, runs until 28 April on www.circuit.org.nz

Curated in 2018 by UK-based academic Dr. Erika Balsom and commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of Creative New Zealand, Truth or Consequences began with Balsom sending the artists a statement reportedly made by US presidential aide Karl Rove. Speaking to a New York Times reporter Rove suggested that the concept of reality was hopelessly behind the times - “That’s not the way the world really works anymore… We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”

The five artists in Truth or Consequences all use the moving image to confront the complexity and fragility of reality. Their formal techniques and topical concerns are diverse, but they all share an interest in exploring how a documentary impulse can facilitate an encounter with our shared world – which Balsom says is “an urgent project in our time of political and ecological emergency.”

Read Erika Balsom's full essay on Truth or Consequences here.

List of works

Vea Mafile’o, Toa`ipuapuagā Strength in Suffering (2018)
10 minutes, 4 seconds
Digital video, sound

Jeremy Leatinu’u, Mai i te kei o te waka ki te ihu o te waka (2018)
7 minutes, 53 seconds
Digital video, sound

Janine Randerson, Interceptor (2018)
11 minutes, 36 seconds
16mm film transferred to digital video, sound

Bridget Reweti, Ziarah (2018)
10 minutes, 21 seconds
Digital video, sound

Andrew de Freitas, Weight (2018)
12 minutes, 46 seconds
Digital video, sound

Truth or Consequences CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions 2018
Curated by Erika Balsom
Commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand
with the support of Creative New Zealand
www.circuit.org.nz