Commentary

Interview Posted Nov 12, 2020
By Israel Randell
Installation Shot: Tanu Gago, Savage In The Garden (2019). Installation at Artweek, Auckland 2020. Image by Luke Foley-Martin. Savage in the Garden commissioned by CIRCUIT with support from Creative New Zealand

"... 'disruptive' didn't mean you had to be actively or consciously pushing against a tide, (instead) you could occupy the most immediate space, which is your body, and still have that as a site of resistance and really just peel away all the performative BS." - Tanu Gago

(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 interview she meets Tanu Gago.

Writing Posted Nov 11, 2020
By Israel Randell

"Making video games about our old stories, especially if the mahi is also a bit cheeky, I always wonder “Am I gonna get in trouble for this?" - Kahurangiariki Smith

(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 interview she meets Kahurangiariki Smith.

Writing Posted Oct 30, 2020
By Jasmine Gallagher

"Gone is the pastiche and irony inherent to much postmodern New Zealand art of the 90’s... This has been replaced by art that allows elements of hope, sincerity and emotion to sit alongside the cynicism and rationality of more traditional forms of critique." - Jasmine Gallagher

Writing Posted Oct 29, 2020
By Israel Randell

"...I would have constant dreams and visualisations of mahi. I’d see the end product and it was always moving and had sound. Initially, that drove me to go back to study and learn those skills so that I could actualise these dreams." - Jamie Berry

(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 interview Jamie Berry discusses collaboration and the conscious shift to tell history through a non-colonised lens.

Podcast Posted Oct 20, 2020
By Israel Randell

"I don't want that power, I don't think anyone else should have that power" - Rangituhia Hollis

Podcast Posted Oct 20, 2020
By Israel Randell

“I was thinking about what you think is knowledge, what you find out through machinery, and what you find out through attending to things that you see”

Podcast Posted Oct 8, 2020
By Israel Randell

"What's good for Māori is good for everyone" - Qiane Matata-Sipu

How do Māori and Pākeha relate to, and value whenua? What are their differing values and how do they intersect? What is the connection between generosity and Tino Rangitiratanga? In this conversation artists Martin Awa Clarke Langdon (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whāwhākia, Ngāti Hikairo, Kāi Tahu), Rebecca Hobbs and Qiane Matata-Sipu (Te Wai-o-hua, Waikato-Tainui) discuss art, activism and mutual wellbeing for Māori and Tauiwi.

The conversation takes place in the context of recent disputes over Ihumātao, a North Island site currently the subject of dispute between land developers and mana whenua.

Writing Posted Sep 16, 2020
By Arpege Taratoa

"The dichotomy presented for FAFSWAG... is the forced movement into a colonised space, an individualistic framework of social engagement through social media and other online portals; and yet the opportunity to utilise the tools of the western world to further engage more of the masses..." - Arpege Taratoa

Writing Posted Sep 9, 2020
By Israel Randell

"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”.

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