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Podcast Posted Apr 12, 2021
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“I can only speak from my aspiration of how I want to see the world... and the art institution that I want to be involved in” - Nigel Borrell

What is the past, the present moment and potential futures for Māori within the art gallery? Three curators discuss; listen to Nigel Borrell (Pirirākau, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Whakatōhea, former curator Māori at Auckland Art Gallery, Puawai Cairns (Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, and Ngāiterangi), Director Audience and Insight at Te Papa and Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi), Director, the Dowse Art Museum.

Writing Posted Apr 7, 2021
By Amy Weng

happiness is only real when shared is a follow up to We’re Not Too Big To Care, the inaugural exhibition curated by Lisa Beauchamp whe

Writing Posted Mar 25, 2021
By Mark Williams

Have Uber, will travel. A recent 24 hour sojourn in Tāmaki Makaurau presents an opportunity for whistle stop impressions of shows by Natasha Matila-Smith, Steve Carr & Christian Lamont, Shannon Te Ao, Ana Iti and Toi Tū Toi Ora.

Podcast Posted Mar 16, 2021
By Moya Lawson

In this podcast Moya Lawson speaks to Xi Li and Connor Fitzgerald, two emerging artists working in digital space via avatars, text and interactivity.

Writing Posted Mar 3, 2021
By Mark Amery

"...an impressive waterfall... was said to fall into the harbour there, capturing colour in its spray. Who needed public art?"

Walking from pre-European city pā sites to Masons Screen, Mark Amery considers three new public art commissions by Layne Waerea, Annie Bradley and Theo MacDonald, addressing uninvited visitors, bodily architecture and digital confessions.

Writing Posted Feb 18, 2021
By Millie Riddell

"(LIGHT-HAUS)... calls attention to the monolith as screen, Deleuze’s 'frame of frames' that determines, for the viewer, “the out-of-field … what is neither seen nor understood, but nevertheless perfectly present”." - MIllie Riddell

Writing Posted Jan 20, 2021
By Mark Williams

As we welcome James Charlton to CIRCUIT, we present this catalogue essay by Mark Williams on Charlton's 2020 installation THROWN. Originally commissioned by Te Uru, the essay explores the resonance of Charlton's recent work in a time of environmental breakdown and artificial intellingence.

Writing Posted Nov 12, 2020
By Israel Randell

"... '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

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