Curated by artist Christina Read and commissioned by CIRCUIT, The Brain is an idiosyncratic spatial and conceptual diagram of a brain, using video to map questions both academic and amateur.
Situated within a sculptural platform conceived and constructed by Paul Cullen, 15 single channel video works explore themes including landscapes of perception and cognition, tangible thoughts, altered states, phantom limbs, the wandering mind, TV brains, dream archives, memory files, and the body in movement.
This exhibition registers the world premiere of one of the most ambitious screen-based projects from Aotearoa New Zealand, from one of the country's most admired artists. In 1804, Joseph Dufour created Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, a sophisticated 20-panel scenic wallpaper whose exotic subject matter referenced popular illustrations of the times and mirrored a widespread fascination with Captain Cook and de la Perouse Pacific voyages. Two hundred years later Lisa Reihana reanimates this popular wallpaper as a panoramic video spanning a width of 26 metres.
Te Tuhi is proud to present Interrogation by Ignas Krunglevičius-a highlight of the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) and a recent acquisition into the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Artist Shannon Novak asserts that ‘music is in everything.’ He creates compositions for objects, locations, and people much as musicians might compose for or about places, persons or experiences with emotional resonance for them.
Sean Cubitt, co-Head of the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, discusses how space and place combine and change when artists take on the task of mediating between human and non-human histories and ways of inhabiting the world.
The Audio Foundation, 4 Poynton Terrace (Sub Basement Parisian Tie Factory), Auckland Central
A screening of 16mm/video by US filmmaker Roger Beebe, presented by CIRCUIT and The Audio Foundation with the support of Creative New Zealand. Instrumental accompaniment by Hermione Johnston and Drew McMillan.
Beebe will be here in person to present a selection of films across a range of media and topics, including black athletes with Irish surnames (“Famous Irish Americans”) and the secret logic of the book of Genesis (“Beginnings”), to Las Vegas suicides (“Money Changes Everything”) and companies jockeying to be at the start of the phone book (“AAAAA Motion Picture”).
Birds of a Shadow by Jenna Gavin and Matthew Martin is a playful and interactive installation where family, friends and strangers can work together to discover beautifully crafted bird images on the screen.
Participants match their body shapes to the bird’s shadow on the screen which reveal the full image of the digital birds.
The artists’ inspiration for the work was shadow puppets which encourage people to use their bodies in a playful manner. The images of the birds were chosen to showcase the uniqueness and the diversity of our New Zealand ecosystem.
Lively and illuminating, Invisible Energy showcases the work of six contemporary Japanese artists practising in the aftermath of the 3/11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Spanning staged performance, installation, community collaboration, video, comics and novels, the resonant energy of their work is framed in association with the perplexing, ever-shifting energy of Tokyo city and a looming sense of invisible danger tied up with environmental and social conditions and the ongoing effects of nuclear disaster.