Commentary

Podcast Posted Sep 18, 2019
By Mark Amery

"A lot of confessions we make are performative" - Serena Bentley

In this podcast Melbourne-based curator Serena Bentley talks to Mark Amery about Personal Space, CIRCUIT's 2019 programme of Artist Cinema Commissions. Personal Space features five new works for cinema by Natasha Matila-Smith, Campbell Patterson, Janet Lilo, Tanu Gago and Atong Atem. Each artist was asked by Bentley to respond to the questions; 'What do we call 'home'? What are our shared values? What does home look like?'

Writing Posted Sep 17, 2019
By Mark Williams

From Me To You is the title of the 2019 CIRCUIT/AURA Symposium. Presented in Wellington on Saturday 5 October, From Me To You addresses the role of personal voices in artist moving image production. Featuring papers and presentations from Nina Tonga, Dr. Thierry Jutel, Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Gavin Hipkins, Dilohana Lekamge, Deme Scott-McGregor, Selina Erchadi, Shannon Te Ao. Register Online here.

Writing Posted Sep 5, 2019
By Mark Williams

CIRCUIT is proud to announce AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, 28 Sept-5 Oct 2019, Newtown, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Writing Posted Sep 4, 2019
By David Eggleton

"Taking on the majesty of Tangaroa's realm, Monteith reveals the Sublime; then neatly pulls it apart like the carcase of a recently disinterred moa." - David Eggleton

Podcast Posted Sep 3, 2019
By Mark Williams

"There's always the question of authoring ... I like the shared space of co-production" - Alex Monteith

Writing Posted Jul 24, 2019
By Mark Williams

"Raw Black Metal has been really useful in terms of reinforcing the attitude or sensibility for making work. I guess it provides a sense of strength and then I distill that within my own work in a certain way." - Clinton Watkins

CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams sits down with Clinton Watkins to discuss a series of recent works inspired by Stanley Kubrick, ecological awareness and musical manifestos.

Writing Posted Jul 2, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

"I’m interested in how you carry things, not necessarily resolve things or erase things. You just kind of carry them, hold them, bear them." - Shannon Te Ao

In the fourth and final conversation from our four part series Uiuinga, Bridget Reweti meets Shannon Te Ao. Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand.

Writing Posted Jun 25, 2019
By Hamish Win

There’s a plasticity to the arts that makes mediums entirely fluid. Surely then it’s no surprise to recognise one mediums technique in another. With this in mind, Hamish Win explores how key moving-image concepts of absorption, refraction and duration all arise in other formats. In this first essay of a three-part series Win examines Sam Rountree Williams’ recent use of cinematic absorption to invoke in painting a temporality without end.

Podcast Posted Jun 14, 2019
By Mark Amery

A new roundtable podcast brings together three Auckland gallery directors; Gabriela Salgado (Te Tuhi), Lisa Beauchamp (Gus Fisher) and Charlotte Huddleston (St Paul St Gallery), to discuss recent strategies for sustainability and audience engagement. Drawing on perspectives both local and international, the panel discuss the role of University galleries within the institution, reaching out to public space, low wages for artists and hosting the odd wedding to pay the bills.

Writing Posted Jun 11, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

“When I think about moving image, I think its' whakapapa goes to performance. If you look at the elements of kapa haka there are some really great things to call on, to bring in. It’s storytelling. I've never been very interested in having video that hasn't had people in it neither.” - Rachael Rakena

In the third conversation from our four part series Uiuinga, Bridget Reweti meets Rachael Rakena. Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand.

Writing Posted May 27, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

“I don't know how you're going to get them out, but... this is supporting them right now... Maybe it doesn't matter?” - Lisa Reihana

In the second conversation from our Uiuinga series, Bridget Reweti meets Lisa Reihana. Discussing shifting structures for artist moving image production from the 1980s to the present, what emerges is a history of fragile institutional support operating in parallel to an artist-led network of relationships and connections which aren't quite written down in the art historical sense.” Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand.

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