Mike Heynes

b. 1971

Mike Heynes' work involves an ongoing exploration of consumer culture, realized through the use of mass produced plastic toys and kitset models. Working with video, installation and diorama his projects often examine aspects of the entertainment industry – producing related screenprinted t-shirts, vinyl graphics and single edition action figures. Mike's animation is a simulacra, the materials revealing processes of construction. 

CIRCUIT Resources

Essay by Martin Patrick (2016)
Podcast with Mark Amery (2016)

CIRCUIT Projects

In the Shadow of Wellywood, AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images (2019)
News of the Uruguay Round, Auckland Art Fair (2016)
Masons Screen, Wellington (2016)
Goodnight Kiwi, Ikono TV online (2014)

Selected Exhibitions

2020
Into the open, New Zealand Arts Festival, Wellington

2019
Home Movies: AURA festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington

2016
Fantastic Scenes from Hiroshima New Zealand Farm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
News from the Uruguay Round (solo), Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Wellington
Location!...location?, Masons Screen, Wellington
News from the Uruguay Round (solo), Auckland Art Fair
Borderless, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Netherlands
CIRCUIT Market Screening, Oberhausen International Film Festival

2015
PopCAANZ Festival, Massey University, Wellington
Goodnight Kiwi, Ikono On Air Festival 

2014
Tele Visions, Sydney, Australia
A Thin Thread, 30upstairs, Wellington

2013
Moving on Asia: Towards a New Art Network 2004–2013, City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Wellington
Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding?, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Wellington 

2012
Ghost Town (solo), New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington

2011
Local Knowledge, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington
Collected Fictions, Waikato Art Museum, Hamilton

2010
Strings Attached, RAMP Gallery, Hamilton
Strata (group), Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Wellington