AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images
CIRCUIT is proud to present AURA Festival of Artists Moving Images - Wellington, New Zealand 28 Sept-5 Oct 2019.
A 7 day festival incorporating film screenings, installations and performance, AURA is New Zealand’s first ever festival dedicated to artists’ moving image. Presented by Wellington-based arts agency CIRCUIT with the support of Creative New Zealand, AURA 2019 is the first of an annual festival that will move from city to city.
AURA 2019 is located in CIRCUIT’s base of Newtown, Wellington, and much of the events activities respond directly to Newtown itself, acknowledging the suburbs role as Wellington most culturally diverse community.
AURA 2019 begins with Home Movies, a one-day exhibition of 20 artist videos on Saturday 28 September from 10.00-4.00pm. Presented in a series of site-specific locations including shops, cultural halls and businesses, each work is either made by an artist living in Newtown, or is presented as a response to Newtown’s social and cultural character. Each work will either be displayed in a shop front facing the street, or inside the business or cultural centre. Visitors can pick up a map of artworks from the Pop-Up community space beside New World, the Newtown library, or any of the participating venues in Riddiford St.
Home Movies is curated by AURA Director Mark Williams and local artist Laura Duffy. Williams says “A lot of people call Newtown home. This project is an opportunity to acknowledge the colour and diversity of the suburb and introduce visitors to new shops and spaces. Hopefully while everyone is looking at the art works they also take the time to pick up a sandwich from Good Boy, get their broken cellphone repaired at TechnoFix or learn about the history of Pacific migration to Newtown!”
Featured artists in Home Movies include John Lake, who will present a new commissioned work in which he interviews Newtown locals about their own concept of ‘home’ today. Lake has previously made works about the Wellington Central mayoral race and teenage goths in the Hutt Valley. Currently in production, Lake’s exhibition will be presented at the pop-up exhibition space beside Newtown New World and continue until Saturday 5 October. Showing alongside will be a work by Chevron Hassett which captures the dawn over the East Cape, site of Captain Cook’s first landing in Aotearoa, 250 years ago.
In the week leading up to AURA’s launch on 28 September, visitors to Newtown should also keep an eye out for three performance works by emerging local artists, each of whom has been commissioned to make a work responding to the individual character of Newtown itself. A performance by Raewyn Martin will work with pakohe, a dense sandstone involved in greywacke deposits which Mana Whenua used to form pathways and foundation long before Pakeha settler-colonial use. Each of the three works will be performed in Newtown and videoed for re-presentation as an installation video in Home Movies.
On Friday 4 October, AURA will present a one night screening of Personal Space, a selection of five new films by 5 artists, each of whom were asked to make a work in response to the questions ‘What do we call ‘Home’? What are our shared values?’ Screening at 6.30pm at the Newtown Community Centre, Personal Space is curated by Melbourne-based curator Serena Bentley and features works by four New Zealand artists - Janet Lilo, Tanu Gago, Natasha Matila-Smith, Campbell Patterson and one work by Sudanese-Australian artist Atem Atong. The curator Serena Bentley will fly to Wellington from Australia for the premiere and a Q and A following.
On Saturday 5 October AURA will present an academic symposium at the Newtown Community Centre called From Me To You, which features speakers from across New Zealand discussing the question of where art begins in the diaristic, and how can an artist’s personal experiences address collective problems?
A full list of AURA events will be posted on the AURA website & facebook page and CIRCUIT’s Instagram, with more events to be added in the lead-up to Home Movies on 28 September.
Director Mark Williams says; “We are very proud to present the first edition of AURA in Newtown. We hope this project not only celebrates the distinct character of the Newtown but also the history of artist production in this suburb. In a time of rising living costs it’s important we maintain a dialogue about our communities, where we’ve come from and what we want the future to be”.
AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images 28 September – 5 October 2019, Wellington
Website/Social Media Website: aurafestival.nz
AURA Schedule Highlights
Home Movies – Saturday 28 September 2019, 10.00-6.00pm, Newtown. Admission Free.
Personal Space – new works by Janet Lilo, Tanu Gago, Natasha Matila-Smith, Campbell Patterson, Atem Atong – Friday 4 October 2019, 6.30pm, Newtown Community Centre. Admission Free. -
From Me To You – CIRCUIT 2019 Symposium, Newtown Community Centre, Admission $40 waged, free unwaged/students.
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