Commentary in category: Writing

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

Posted Feb 27, 2019
By Matariki Williams

Nearly 250 years ago, a large ship made its way from the Society Islands, charting south to its destination of Terra Australis. On board was a man who came to be revered, and loved, by the people he met. He was of course Tupaia, a tohunga, rangatira, ringatoi from the island of Ra’iatea.

Posted Feb 7, 2019
By Becky Hemus

"Lee is at once obstinate about the implicit labour that artists need to perform, and keenly aware that it is largely necessary in order to succeed. His reticence signals an admission that he is less commercially successful than he might wish to one day be, and a tenaciousness in his desire to carve his own path by producing art in a way that is authentic to him." - Becky Hemus

Posted Jan 25, 2019
By Lana Lopesi

“Following in the footsteps of a suite of Indigenous futurist artists from Turtle Island to Hawaiʻi, Rands' animation uses traditional practices to imagine radical change.” - Lana Lopesi

Posted Jan 23, 2019
By Mark Amery

"Nicol’s work is like the poetic form of the elegy. It reaches out for contact with something that has been lost by reflecting on its representation - be that a photograph, a sculpture, a sound or a memory. Inevitably, as Nicol muses obliquely in the video, something is always missing." - Mark Amery

Posted Dec 21, 2018
By Hamish Win

"Here we have a triage of historical invocations, the first people, that conventional hook of the indigene in the landscape, the movie prop as representation’s terra nullius, its implicit celebration of history as a technological marvel of progress, and finally Arp’s poem, his sheer verbiage of associative words, violent and unsettling, deliberately flung across this landscape as a desolate site of colonisation." - Hamish Win

Posted Nov 26, 2018
By Simon Palenski

The Romantic Picturesque presents the final installment of a 3 part series that follows "the thread of a romantic relationship between indigenous and coloniser."

Posted Nov 15, 2018
By Elle Loui August

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.”

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