Commentary in category: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Posted May 21, 2019
By Bridget Reweti

Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand, Uiuinga is a four-part series in which Bridget Reweti interviews four Māori artists about their work in the moving image. In this conversation Robert Jahnke discusses his 1979 animated film Te Utu, which he made a student in California to "commemorate the importance of Rangi and Papa" and Cliff Whiting's mural Te Wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa (1969-76).

Posted Apr 28, 2019
By Amy Weng

"Although university art galleries globally are no longer bound by traditional demands to be “teaching” facilities, how do we distinguish between what is ‘educational’ and what simply raises the profile of a campus? Have the lines between university art galleries and their civic counterparts become too blurred? Does it matter?" - Amy Weng

Posted Mar 29, 2019
By Ioana Gordon-Smith

As From the Shore opens at Pataka in Wellington, we revisit curator Ioana Gordon-Smith's address to the 2018 CIRCUIT Symposium on the work of pioneering Māori film-makers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita, and their influence on contemporary practitioners now. For more texts and conversation around these artists, download our Symposium e-book here.

Posted Mar 7, 2019
By Stephanie Beth

In this long form essay film-maker Stephanie Beth reflects on two films made in 1977 and 1980 that sought to give voice to women, finding a kindred contemporary spirit in Ruth Buchanan’s Walter Prize winning installation BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS (2018). This essay is included in the free CIRCUIT E-book The Time of the Now, 118 pages of papers and discussion from the 2018 CIRCUIT Symposium. Get it here.

Posted Mar 5, 2019
By Mark Williams

CIRCUIT is proud to present The Time of the Now e-book. 118 pages of interviews, presentations and discussion from the 2018 CIRCUIT Symposium. Free to download from the CIRCUIT website.

“…what has been happening today across some of the presentations is the articulation of a vision of what documentary could or should be, or how it could relate to an audience. That doesn’t always happen. In fact, it often doesn’t happen.” - Dr. Erika Balsom

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