Circuit Podcast

Posted May 16, 2017
By Mark Williams

How do we fill in the blanks of our own histories? Speaking to host Mark Amery at the Pah Homestead, artist Mairi Gunn discusses the backstory of her recent installation Common Ground, which examines common experiences of dispossession and belonging amongst New Zealand Māori and Scottish Highlanders. In this wide-ranging conversation Mairi discusses working as a woman in the film industry with figures including Merata Mita; moving into the realm of contemporary art; public funding and difficult conversations.

Posted Apr 20, 2017
By Mark Williams

“Is it possible for the Romantic to exceed the rational without eliminating it?” Cushla Donaldson talks Mark Amery through the exhibition The Fairy Falls at Te Uru Waitakere, featuring the premiere of a new film work documenting the mythical 1973 performance by Black Sabbath at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival. 

Posted Apr 4, 2017
By Mark Williams

"How does entanglement in the technical circuits of ‘progress’ shape not just dreams, but the capacity to dream?" In this pod guests Judy Darragh and Scott Hamilton join Mark Amery to discuss Dream Dialects, an exhibition by British artist Jem Noble recently installed at Te Tuhi, Auckland, which responds to the New Zealand film Sleeping Dogs (1977), directed by Roger Donaldson, and to the novel Smith’s Dream (1971), by C. K. Stead, on which the film is based.

Posted Mar 16, 2017
By Mark Williams

“How does your native soul inform your work?” This week on the podcast, host Mark Amery sits down with broadcasting legend Tainui Stephens at the launch of the 2017 Māoriland Film Festival in Ōtaki, to discuss indigenous modes of exchange and distribution.

Posted Feb 13, 2017
By Mark Williams

Do you make art? What does it smell like? Does it fit in a paddling pool? Our first pod of 2017 sees Mark Amery in conversation with RIFF RAFF aka Li-Ming Hu and Daphne Simons, who discuss their Enjoy Gallery summer residency and forthcoming Telethon, which seeks to amass a 'stupendously large' collection of contemporary art which will be offered as a gift to the Chartwell Trust. Mark Amery attempts to unpick the layers behind the project which gleefully suggests no parameters for donations, except that the giver deems the work to be 'art'.

Posted Dec 20, 2016
By Mark Williams

How do we create indigenous spaces in our institutions? How do we create spaces for new voices? Our 2016 end of year pod took place immediately after a wānanga on curating indigenous art at Takapūwāhia Marae and Pātaka Art + Museum, and a subsequent panel at City Gallery Wellington. Pod guests Nina Tonga, Martin Patrick and Nathan Pohio discuss issues raised, and their highlights of 2016 - best emerging artist? best show? And looking towards the future, where do artists want to situate their art and why?

Posted Dec 12, 2016
By Mark Williams

Location!… location? Mike Heynes' new commission for Masons Screen addresses one of the most urgent issues for many New Zealanders, housing affordablity. Host Mark Amery talks to Heynes about responding to current events, and how technology enables political action. As Masons Screen approaches its' first anniversary Mark Amery also talks to CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams about the dialogue between previous works and the screens site in the downtown business district, opposite a fashion school.

Posted Nov 9, 2016
By Mark Williams

How do we attribute value? On the 50th anniversary of the Frances Hodgkins residency in Dunedin 2015 fellow John Ward Knox talks to Mark Amery about art economies, human remains and staying on in the South to examine his “inner gothic cathedral”.

Posted Oct 27, 2016
By Mark Williams

Why start a gallery in 2017? Who needs a physical space? How should it run? Who does it serve? Artists Jordana Bragg and Callum Devlin talk to Mark Amery about MEANWHILE, one of a handful of recently established artist-run spaces in Wellington filling a void in the post-art school vacuum. Also discussed is the upcoming Halloween deadline for MEANWHILE's 2017 proposals, and Callums search for his future self.

Posted Oct 21, 2016
By Mark Williams

“She said I should avoid the Pākehā books on Māori mythology and … take a look in the kids’ section instead.”

Posted Sep 30, 2016
By Mark Williams

What’s the difference between a cave in Sydney and the Auckland Art Gallery? Host Mark Amery talks to Joyce Campbell about her Walters prize-nominated project Flightdream and her working relationships with site and technology. Campbell also discusses Te Taniwha, an ongoing photographic project drawing on the mythology, history and ecology of Waikaremoana and its many tributaries and outlets.

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