Peter Wareing

Peter Wareing is a New Zealand artist currently based in London. Working between cinema and gallery, both in the long cinema form and in multi-channel, his works often consist of fractured narratives that ultimately speak to the disorientating effects of late-period capitalism. A recurrent formal motif in Wareing's practice has been to focus on an individual endeavouring to assert themselves within a larger opaque system.

From the late 1980s-mid 2000s while living in New York he made a number of works in collaboration with Off-Off-Broadway theatre director/writer Mike Taylor, and performance/installation artists Conway & Pratt Projects.

His 2014 documentary Not Everybody Can Do Everything was shot over 14 years in a residential home in Manhattan for the visually and mentally impaired, an institution in which Wareing was a volunteer.

CIRCUIT Resources

Podcast interview with Mark Williams (2018)
Podcast review of Stuggorings and Fijetterings (2014)
Essay by Tim Corballis (2014)

CIRCUIT Projects

Suspended Agency co-presented with Govett-Brewster, New Plymouth (2019)
AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington (2019)
Who spends the time? Some practical questions concerning the democratic process and personal responsibility (Parts A, C and B), Canterbury Workers Education Association, Christchurch (2017)
A Little Faith, Govett Brewster, New Plymouth (2017)

Selected Exhibitions

2019
The Future of Work, The Dowse, Wellington
Suspended Agency (solo) Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Home Movies, CIRCUIT / AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington

2017
Borderless, Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands
Who spends the time? Some practical questions concerning the democratic process and personal responsibility (Parts A, C and B) (solo), Christchurch
A Little Faith, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth 

2016
La nuda vida (solo), The Physics Room, Christchurch
Borderless, Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands
CIRCUIT Market Screening, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany

2015
Disabilities Film Festival, London, UK
The Past Sure is Tense, SPARK International Festival of Media Arts & Design, Hamilton
Why Would I Lie?, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2014
Stuggorings and Fijetterings (solo), Enjoy Gallery, Wellington
Difference Screen, Te Tuhi, Auckland

2013
Swim (solo) semi-permanent public installation, Art in Public Places Trust, New Plymouth
Difference Screen, various venues, Europe

2012
Exterior Signals, New Zealand International Film Festival

2011
Rapid Change, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland
Peoples Television, Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, France

2010
The Second Gilded Age: four short films by Peter Wareing (solo), New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington

2008
There Are Snakes in Paradise (solo) Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
The 3rd Artist Film Festival, The Physics Room, Christchurch; Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington