Commentary

Writing Posted Nov 17, 2021
By David Eggleton
'Kāpukataumāhaka 1', 2021. stereoscopic c-type on photograph. Courtesy of artist.

"Colonial photography has left behind haunted gothic landscapes, but it failed to detect the allegorical and oracular terrains created by Māori." —David Eggleton

The exhibition Pōkai Whenua, Pōkai Moana (17 August–30 October 2021) at the Hocken Gallery showed new lens-based work created during Bridget Reweti's time as the Frances Hodgkins Fellow in Ōtepoti.

Writing Posted Oct 21, 2021
By Emma Ng
Inside a lift, screen showing Kate Moss's face with animated figures overlaying it.

"One of this exhibition’s strengths, in tailoring the installation strategy to each work, is its treatment of video artworks as material objects, or, perhaps, material experiences. This encourages us to keep our critical faculties awake, rather than letting our awareness of production dissolve into the smooth, edgeless, high definition of the televisions and personal devices we’ve become accustomed to."

Emma Ng reviews Image Processors at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi.

Interview Posted Oct 6, 2021
By Mark Williams

“We see our surroundings, but we don't see what people think of them” - Max Fleury

Public space, the lifecycle of everyday objects, and clashing ideas of value; Max Fleury discusses four works on CIRCUIT that include collaborations with Anna Brimer, Bena Jackson, and Sabina Rizos-Shaw.

Podcast Posted Sep 23, 2021
By Thomasin Sleigh

Artists' Moving Image in the pandemic era—a glut of compromise or new horizons for exhibition and accessibility? Three curators and arts professionals discuss a shift from showing in small towns, major cities, and institutions to the online space, and what the future might bring.

Podcast Posted Sep 9, 2021
By Thomasin Sleigh

The advent of the pandemic has seen a rush of material going online. While this has created opportunities for artists and audiences, all sculptural conditions for the moving image are now flattened by the browser and computer speakers.

Podcast Posted Sep 5, 2021
By Mark Amery

Our thanks and gratitude to Billy Apple for an uncompromising and generous artistic life. In this repost of our 2015 podcast, Mark Amery speaks to the pioneer pop artist and conceptualist about his survey at Auckland Art Gallery The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else.

Writing Posted Aug 31, 2021
By CIRCUIT Staff

Ten artist videos on CIRCUIT using poetry, text and waiata as material and inspiration for moving image works and cine-poems.

Featuring Lara Lindsay-Parker, Kahurangiariki Smith, Connor Fitzgerald, Ruth Watson, Dick Whyte, Richard Von Sturmer, Rangituhia Hollis, Martin Rumsby, Stella Brennan, Rachel Shearer.

 

Writing Posted Aug 25, 2021
By Hamish Win
A indoor swimming pool seen through a window with lots of reflections

"Time and again we'll see Lacey use this conscription of noise to perform a kind of entanglement, an articulation upon which meaning comes to the fore."

In this long read essay, Hamish Win looks closely at a decade of work by Sonya Lacey, focussing on noise as a paradigmatic methodology.

Podcast Posted Aug 3, 2021
By Robbie Handcock

“People who are trying to oppress you hate the fact you’re having an awesome time” - Christopher Ulutupu

Interview Posted Jul 8, 2021
By Israel Randell
A person in their 20's sits in front of three neon lit pink sculptures which are hung on the wall. The panels look like digital versions of the traditional Māori tukutuku panel

“I’m paying homage to all the things that we shouldn’t forget about, you know?” - Kauri Wharewera

Curator Israel Randell talks to Kauri Wharewera about his Matariki commission for Masons Screen entitled Te Kahui o Matariki. They discuss the meaning of each Matariki star represented in the video work, and consider the potential of contemporary media to tell indigenous stories.

Writing Posted Jun 15, 2021
By CIRCUIT Staff
The back of a women swimmer, wearing black togs and stretching to the left.

Three new texts by Ōtepoti-based writers, John Ward Knox, Talia Marshall (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne ō Wairau, Ngāti Takihiku), and Jessica Koroneho Hinerangi Thompson-Carr (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngāpuhi) in response to Shannon Te Ao's installation at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, what was or could be today (again).

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