Commentary

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. How do we feel about these new conditions for exhibition and viewing? What challenges and opportunities do they represent for artists and how are they affecting practice?

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).

Writing Posted Jun 15, 2021
By Rangituhia Hollis

"Toi Tū, Toi Ora is a slow heart beat under the earth. I feel the earth beneath my feet, and for me it’s a place to stand in anger. But that’s me. As a space full of art, the exhibition is a space that condenses a broad and unfathomable set of connections that can’t be simplified into something that I could ever speak of" - Rangituhia Hollis

Originally conceived as a response to Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, a group show of 300 artworks by 110 Māori artists at Auckland Art Gallery, this essay by artist Rangituhia Hollis grew into a personal reflection on Māori experience of the post-colonial past, present and possible future.

 

Podcast Posted Jun 9, 2021
By Thomasin Sleigh

.. it was really important to go for the silent woman” – Stephanie Beth.

In this podcast Thomasin Sleigh meets pioneering feminist film-maker Stephanie Beth and artist Emma Fitts to discuss two documentaries made by Stephanie in 1977/80 which sought to portray women’s lives and potential. Emma Fitts responds to the work and discusses her own interest in psychodrama as a strategy for female empowerment.

Writing Posted May 25, 2021
By Mark Williams
A womans face on a screen with an animals tail coming out of her mouth

"Simnett’s survival strategy is to examine trauma's cooled, black, liquid residue, morphing the after-image into something new and darkly inhabited."

- Mark Williams on Marianna Simnett’s CREATURE at City Gallery Wellington

Podcast Posted May 6, 2021
By Thomasin Sleigh

In this pod Thomasin Sleigh speaks to Steve Carr and Christian Lamont about Fading to the Sky at Auckland's Te Uru Gallery, an exhibition that began as a response to Carr's mothers passing, and through a collaboration with his former student Lamont, evolved into a deeper narrative of los

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