Commentary

Interview Posted Sep 9, 2020
By Israel Randell
Montage from Suzanne Tamaki, Taonga Talkback TV (2020)

"It just makes sense to ...reanimate the past and bring it into the present. Everything evolves, culture isn’t a harbour, it’s a journey and we’re part of that." - Suzanne Tamaki

(ex)CLAIM is an interview series by Israel Randell, in which she meets practitioners from Aotearoa whose work seeks to correct imbalances in our bi-cultural histories. In this first interview Suzanne Tamaki discusses a new suite of works made in response to Black Lives Matter.

Podcast Posted Sep 4, 2020
By Robbie Handcock

In the second part of our podcast series Popular Glory: Contemporary Queerness and the Moving Image, host Robbie Handcock speaks to Laura Duffy and Aliyah Winter about recent collaborations, and how to image queer lives, queer histories, queer youth.

Writing Posted Aug 14, 2020
By Connie Brown

"Drawing in equal parts from her spiritual and scholarly background to think about present ecological circumstances – and their psychological contingencies – Macy offers that, “as in all organisms, pain has a purpose: it is a warning signal, desired to trigger remedial action. The problem, therefore, lies not in our pain for the world but in our repression of it”.

Podcast Posted Aug 6, 2020
By Mark Williams

In this interview film-maker M D Brown discusses three short films he made between 2000-2004, inspired by the stream of consciousness technique of modernist European writers including James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.

Podcast Posted Jul 29, 2020
By Robbie Handcock

Popular Glory: Contemporary Queerness and the Moving Image is a new four-part podcast series hosted by Pōneke artist Robbie Handcock, interviewing a range of Aotearoa artists working in moving image who employ queerness as identity, content and strategy.

In Episode One, we speak to Berlin-based Tāmaki Makaurau artist ZK Steiner-Fox. Leading from their work Popular Glory, we discuss how the horror movie format—with all its tensions as well as its tropes—is used in ZK’s work to examine the impact of queer coding, classic Hollywood morality and the everyday terror of navigating contemporary media.

Podcast Posted Jul 28, 2020
By Mark Williams

Recently we invited film maker Sean Grattan and academic Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió to revisit Sean's 2012 film HADHAD, whose depiction of an unwelcome visitor now seems oddly prescient of a world dealing with Covid 19 and authoritarian politics.

Podcast Posted Jun 30, 2020
By Moya Lawson

In this pod Moya Lawson speaks with Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka and Martin Awa Clarke Langdon; two artists currently exhibiting public artworks in Wellington which celebrate Matariki, a star cluster used traditionally for ancestral navigation, timing the seasons and a marker of the Māori new year.

Writing Posted Jun 9, 2020
By Lance Pearce

"..(van Hout) suggests that the self is actually a plural phenomenon which uses multiple discourses or ‘voices’ to constitute meaning" - Lance Pearce

Writing Posted May 21, 2020
By Hamish Win

"...we can say that the concept of duration is keenly represented in moving image work, but more importantly, it is also able to actuate a perception of duration in the viewer. Do we need to say though that this is solely the purview of moving image work alone?"

Duration is the last of four essays by Hamish Win exploring how key moving-image concepts arise in other formats.

Writing Posted May 11, 2020
By Jane Wallace

"The more that I think about this predicament, the more I wonder if the act of publishing occurs in the moment of fixing ink on a page or in its distribution" - Jane Wallace

Writing Posted May 1, 2020
By Moya Lawson

"This Biennale is bustling, crowded even. Bodies, images and sounds jar and interact in closely-knit constellations. This proposes a dynamic connectivity while baring each artworks singular power." - Moya Lawson

As the 22nd Sydney Biennale goes online, Moya Lawson's review of the Biennale's physical edition affirms the moving image as a dynamic, sculptural and site-responsive practice

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