• Still from Bruce's Version (2014) Sorawit Songsataya

    Still from Bruce's Version (2014) Sorawit Songsataya

    Locating the Practice: Exhibiting Artists’ Moving Image

    Overview

    Where is artists’ moving image practice best sited? How can we define and exhibit this diverse and ever evolving area of practice? What type of language do international institutions use and how does it differ from the local?

    Led by George Clark (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern) Locating the Practice explores a range of exhibition contexts from screenings to installation to reflect on the history and practice of moving image and its exhibition. 

    Presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand in association with Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland with the support of Creative New Zealand and the British Council

    Schedule

    Friday, 15 August 2014 7pm
    Screening: Camille Henrot: Grosse Fatigue
    Academy Cinema, Auckland
    Tickets $10, door sales only

    Saturday, 16 August 2014 10am–5pm
    Exhibiting Artists’ Moving Image
    A one-day event led by curator George Clark featuring screenings and discussion
    Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland
    $40 waged / $20 students / To register: [email protected]
    NOTE: Limited to 60 seats

    Venue Directions: Elam School of Fine Arts, 20 Whitaker Place, Elam Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Main Fine Arts Building.
    Parking available at the Owen Glenn Building.

    10-16 August 2014
    CIRCUIT Critical Forum
    Works by Louise Menzies and Sorawit Songsataya
    Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland
    Free entry

    For more information contact: Mark Williams, Director, CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, [email protected]

  • Still from Gross Fatigue (2013) Camille Henrot

    Still from Grosse Fatigue (2013) Camille Henrot

    Camille Henrot: Grosse Fatigue

    Friday 15 August 2014 7pm

    Camille Henrot: Grosse Fatigue (Academy Cinema, Auckland)

    New York-based French artist Camille Henrot works across sculpture, drawing and video exploring global links between the construction of knowledge and its relationship to haptic experience. This programme of recent film and video works explores the connection of the artists’ studio to the museum, the evolution of culture and systems of knowledge, drawing on anthropology and social archaeology.

    The screening features Grosse Fatigue (2013), an ambitious video that attempts to tell the story of the universe’s creation from a computer desktop, drawing on the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

    Grosse Fatigue was awarded the Silver Lion at 55th Venice Biennale. Earlier works such as Egyptomania (2009) and Cynopolis (2009) explore the cultural fascination of ancient Egypt. Million Dollars Point (2010) and Coup/Decale (2010) reflect on the complex history of the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. A portrait of visionary architect Yona Friedman seen through his apartment in Film Spatial (2007) provides an intimate counter point to The Strife of Love in a Dream (2011), a reflection of the relationship between Europe and India and the problematic allure of distant lands.

    Camille Henrot: Grosse Fatigue is curated and presented by George Clark (Tate Modern). The screening is presented as part of Locating the Practice: Exhibiting Artists’ Moving Image, a symposium presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand in association with Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland with the support of Creative New Zealand.

    For more information contact: Mark Williams, Director, CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, [email protected].

  • Image: Still from It for Others (2013) Duncan Campbell

    Still from It for Others (2013) Duncan Campbell

    Day 2 - Exhibiting Artists Moving Image

    Saturday 16 August 2014 10am-5pm

    In this one day event, screenings, discussion and workshop activities address strategies in exhibiting artists moving image. Please note, while this event is free, seating is limited and registrations are essential to: [email protected].

    Schedule

    Artists Cinema: A Brief History of Exhibition and Practice
    10am-11am
    Keynote George Clark outlines key works and provocations from the history of artists cinema and expanded practice. With examples from a diverse array of types of work and types of display. Includes a screening of Aurélien Froment’s film Théatre de poche (2007).

    Tea Break 11am11.15am

    Artist Presentation: Species of Spaces, Nathan Gray (Australia)
    11.15am11.45am
    How do you propose a project? How do you frame a project for a commission? How you deal with display from a distance? What type of language do international institutions use and how does it differ from local context? Australian artist Nathan Gray gives a short presentation on his multi-channel work Species of Spaces which was presented at the recent Sydney Biennale, in one of the adapted prison/shipyard spaces on Cockatoo Island.

    Screening: It for Others, Duncan Campbell (2013, UK, 52 min)
    11.45am1pm
    Taking Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) as both source and artefact, Duncan Campbell’s film is a meditation on the life, death and value of objects. Marker and Resnais’ film connects the death of statues to the commercialisation of African art, arguing that colonialism compelled African art to appeal to Western consumers. Campbell expands these ideas into a segmented essay-film that includes sections on African art, footage of contemporary commodities, and a performance made in collaboration with Michael Clark Company that seeks to illustrate the principle of exchange value. It for Others is a social and historical examination of cultural imperialism and commodity.

    Lunch 1am1.45pm

    Panel: Export Quality: Curating Artists’ Moving Image
    1.45am3pm
    Largely known as New York-based artists and moving image pioneers, Len Lye and Jonas Mekas have both given their name to institutions in their country of birth (The Len Lye Centre, New Zealand, The Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Centre, Lithuania). Meanwhile, in Auckland, a large number of Pacific Island artists continue to shape New Zealand’s contemporary art identity.

    How do institutions founded on the legacy of established artists support contemporary practitioners? With mobility so much a part of artistic life and practice, how do we understand New Zealand art in local national and international contexts? How do institititons open up contemporary and historical moving image practice in post-internet age?

    Panelists: Simon Rees (Jonas Mekas Centre, Lithuania), Paul Brobbel (Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth), Nina Tonga (Co-curator Home AKL), George Clark (Tate Modern)

    Tea break 3am3.15pm

    Artist Presentation: Unregistered and Unwarranted, Terri Te Tau (NZ)
    3.15am3.45pm
    Unregistered and Unwarranted is a 2013 work that responded to Uruwera terror raids and surveillance. Originally exhibited as an installation combining video, sculpture and an econovan, Terri Te Tau was subsequently invited to show Unregistered and Unwarranted as a single channel video at New York venue Eyebeam for the conference PRISM Break Up. Te Tau talks about exhibiting the work in New Zealand and New York, and practical issues with exhibiting the work internationally.

    Screening & Discussion: Exhibition in the Age of Poor Images
    3.45am5pm
    This final section of the day reflects on the current state of artists moving image exhibition asking; How do we encounter images now? How do we encounter culture? What is the necessity for exhibition? How do we engage with an international network? 

    Featuring two short screenings, and a discussion with George Clark and artists Louise Menzies and Sorawit Songsataya from the CIRCUIT Critical Forum. 

  • Still from Free Fallin' (1989) Tom Petty

    Still from Free Fallin' (1989) Tom Petty

    Circuit Critical Forum

    12-16 August 2014

    CIRCUIT Critical Forum presents:
    Louise Menzies & Sorawit Songsataya
    Project Space Gallery
    Elam School of Fine Arts

    The CIRCUIT Critical Forum is a monthly discussion group for Auckland-based artists who work with the moving image to talk about ideas and practice in a mutually supportive environment and in dialogue with CIRCUIT.

    In conjunction with the symposium Locating the Practice: Exhibiting Artists’ Moving Image, the CIRCUIT Critical Forum presents works by Louise Menzies and Sorawit Songsataya.

    Louise Menzies (NZ, lives and works in Auckland) typically offers us objects, images and situations that explore past and present through attention to the way they are already represented. Her cross-media practice has incorporated film and print into performances and installations. In 2013 her work featured in the solo exhibition World, Business, Lifestyle, Sport (The Physics Room, Christchurch) and the group exhibitions Freedom Farmers (Auckland Art Gallery) and Everyone Knows This is Nowhere (castillo/corrales, Paris). In 2014 she will be artist in residence at the University of Connecticut and together with Marnie Slater and Jon Bywater will complete the fifth installment of The Social Life of the Book, Die Toilette (Paraguay Press, Paris).

    Sorawit Songsataya (b.1986, Thailand) often considers the relationship between the digital environment and its physical, tangible materials. He incorporates digital media as a mean to evaluate sociopolitical conditions. His recent shows include Black Market (Window Online, 2014), Campaign Furniture (Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2014), and Weeping Touchstone at Gloria Knight in 2013.

    The CIRCUIT Critical Forum is presented with the support of Artspace, Auckland.

  • About the Speakers

    George ClarkKeynote: George Clark (UK) is a curator, writer and artist. He is Assistant Curator of Film at Tate Modern where he has curated retrospectives of work by Ute Aurand, Camille Henrot, Mike Kuchar and Rose Lowder. He co-curated the series Magiciens de la Terre Reconsidered and Assembly: A Survey of Artist Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013 at Tate Britain. He was on the advisory board of the 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival and curated the Lav Diaz focus at the AV Festival 2012. He co-edited the book A Detour Around Infermental following the exhibition Infermental co-curated with Dan Kidner and James Richards for Focal Point Gallery in 2010. He has written for publications including Afterall, Art Monthly, Mousse Magazine and Sight & Sound. He co-wrote the script for the film The Future's Getting Old Like the Rest of Us (2010) with artist Beatrice Gibson and collaborated with Luke Fowler on his film The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott (2013).


    Simon ReesSimon Rees (NZ) is the director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, which is currently engaged in a major capital expansion encompassing the Len Lye Centre opening mid-2015. Rees recently returned to New Zealand from Europe where he was Head of Exhibitions, and Editor, at the CAC, Vilnius (LT) and more recently Head of Curatorial Fevelopment at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna (AT).


    Paul BrobbelPaul Brobbel (NZ/UK) is the Len Lye Curator of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, which is currently engaged in a major capital expansion encompassing the Len Lye Centre opening mid-2015. He has previously been Assistant Len Lye Curator of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2011–2013) and Assistant Collection Manager of Photography at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (2009-2010).


    Nina TongaNina Tonga (NZ/Tonga) is the curator Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She holds a Master of Arts specialising in contemporary Pacific art and is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History. Her current research focuses on contemporary Pacific art in New Zealand and the Pacific with a particular interest in internet art from 2000 to present. In 2012 Nina was an associate curator for the exhibition Home AKL, the first major group exhibition of contemporary Pacific art developed by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Other curatorial projects include Koloa et Al at Fresh Gallery Otara, Make/Shift at St Paul Street Gallery and most recently Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary at Pataka Museum, Wellington.


    Terri Te TauTerri Te Tau (NZ) is a trans-disciplinary artist of Rangitāne and Ngāti Kahungunu descent and grew up in the Wairarapa region of New Zealand.  She is working towards a Doctorate in Fine Arts at Te Pūtahi a Toi, Massey University and is a current recipient of the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) scholarship. Terri is a member of the Mata Aho Collective and also performs in an on-going collaborative music project The Live Jukebox. She has participated in group shows within public galleries and project spaces in Aotearoa New Zealand, Denmark and New York.


    Nathan GrayNathan Gray (AU) is an artist based in Melbourne whose work uses techniques learned from his background in experimental music to examine interactions between people and objects. Using a set of strategies that take objects as scores for action he creates succinct, often humorous works that span sculpture, performance and video.

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