Commentary

Writing Posted Nov 15, 2018
By Elle Loui August
Fiona Amundsen, ‘Handmade Baseball Glove at Cowra Prisoner of War Camp, 7th August 1944’, 2017, HP PVC Free Wallpaper Print, 3600 x 3300mm, in A Body that Lives, ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT, 28 September – 26 October 2018. Photo: Sam Hartnett.

Foliage, soil, silence. It Was a Cave Like This (2017-18) opens to the lens drawing a gentle, verdant line, bringing the viewer into the cool sensations of an undergrowth. A voice; “You helped do this.” “...You helped light this flame.”

Writing Posted Oct 31, 2018
By Stephen Turner

Walking the shore is commonplace in this country. But are we looking out, or in? Who are ‘we’ here? What are we walking on, or along? And how far does the shore extend in time, place, and, well, film? - Stephen Turner

Interview Posted Oct 24, 2018
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Curated by Laura Duffy, worth your while is an installation for public art space Masons Screen. Featuring works by Elisabeth Pointon and Dilohana Lekamge, worth your while examines self care within the day to day environments of work and home.

Writing Posted Oct 1, 2018
By Hamish Win

"... Johns’ is deeply immersed in the symbol not as a western cultural apparatus, a semiotic of contested bio-politics but as a divisible structure, a meditative aid that backs onto a compassionate, beatifically contemplative worldview" - Hamish Win

Podcast Posted Sep 3, 2018
By Mark Amery

“What is true to you may not be true to your neighbour.” -Vea Mafile`o

Ahead of the premiere of Truth or Consequences, CIRCUIT’s 2018 programme of Aertist Cinema Commissions, Vea Mafile`o and Jeremy Leatinu’u discuss responding to curator Erika Balsom’s brief which challenged the artists to consider personal and public ‘realities’.

Writing Posted Aug 17, 2018
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The Time of the Now is a one day symposium which explores the challenges of addressing ‘truth’ in a post-truth world. Register online here.

Podcast Posted Aug 17, 2018
By Mark Williams

“The terrorist spectacle accommodates a dirtier game underneath”
- Johan Grimonprez.

Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez discusses his films Blue Orchids (2017) and dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), showing at City Gallery Wellington as part of the exhibition Iconography Of Revolt.

Podcast Posted Aug 14, 2018
By Mark Amery

“There's something inevitably fascistic about a perfect world” - Stella Brennan.

UK academic Sean Cubitt joins Stella Brennan and host Mark Amery to discuss Stella's recent show at Trish Clark gallery Object Permanence, technological utopias and "responding to the ancestors that we’ve locked up."

Podcast Posted Jul 25, 2018
By Mark Amery

“If the essay film has become a trope…and these strategies that we’re using have become formulaic, how do we negotiate our way through that?” - Gavin Hipkins.

In the fourth of our conversation series Sonya Lacey and Gavin Hipkins discuss a shared interest in failed utopias, the moving image as a distribution mode of sculpture and working methodologies. Hosted by Mark Amery.

Writing Posted Jul 16, 2018
By Mark Williams
CIRCUIT Symposium 2018: The Time of the Now

What strategies do contemporary artists employ to test media representation of reality and the means through which we channel and consume it? How do artists expand the documentary form through various material processes and formal strategies? How do artists deconstruct the surfeit of images we already have and the means by which we receive them? Can 'truth' and fiction exist in the same space? What historical artworks could be part of a revised genealogy of current documentary practices in Aotearoa New Zealand? How could an ethic of care, as understood through sustained relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities be played out through documentary practices?

Writing Posted Jul 10, 2018
By Hamish Win

"...it makes sense to read the satellite as an extension of an embedded technology already at work, not just the out-reaches of an exploitative capitalism, but just another iteration of a frontier that’s always been with us." - Hamish Win

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