Commentary in category: Writing

Posted Aug 14, 2020
By Connie Brown

"Drawing in equal parts from her spiritual and scholarly background to think about present ecological circumstances – and their psychological contingencies – Macy offers that, “as in all organisms, pain has a purpose: it is a warning signal, desired to trigger remedial action. The problem, therefore, lies not in our pain for the world but in our repression of it”.

Posted Jun 9, 2020
By Lance Pearce

"..(van Hout) suggests that the self is actually a plural phenomenon which uses multiple discourses or ‘voices’ to constitute meaning" - Lance Pearce

Posted May 21, 2020
By Hamish Win

"...we can say that the concept of duration is keenly represented in moving image work, but more importantly, it is also able to actuate a perception of duration in the viewer. Do we need to say though that this is solely the purview of moving image work alone?"

Duration is the last of four essays by Hamish Win exploring how key moving-image concepts arise in other formats.

Posted May 11, 2020
By Jane Wallace

"The more that I think about this predicament, the more I wonder if the act of publishing occurs in the moment of fixing ink on a page or in its distribution" - Jane Wallace

Posted May 1, 2020
By Moya Lawson

"This Biennale is bustling, crowded even. Bodies, images and sounds jar and interact in closely-knit constellations. This proposes a dynamic connectivity while baring each artworks singular power." - Moya Lawson

As the 22nd Sydney Biennale goes online, Moya Lawson's review of the Biennale's physical edition affirms the moving image as a dynamic, sculptural and site-responsive practice

Posted Apr 14, 2020
By Erika Balsom

"These works leave behind postmodern scepticism, trading doubt and suspicion for an attitude of care, asserting a bond to actuality even if the meaning of what is seen and heard remains open to debate" - Erika Balsom

Posted Mar 30, 2020
By Mark Williams

"Artists who challenge the model typically are collaborators" - Bruce Barber

With a dozen video works from 1973-2019 now on CIRCUIT, renowned New Zealand/Canadian artist Bruce Barber sat down with Mark Williams to discuss a career spent working inside and outside the art world; the link between the 2019 Hong Kong protests and historical radical Bertrand Russell; and rethinking Marxism for the 21st century.

Posted Mar 3, 2020
By Thomasin Sleigh

The three new video art commissions for the screen in Mason’s Lane, a busy pedestrian staircase in Wellington’s CBD, resist any unifying theme or aesthetic.

Posted Feb 17, 2020
By Connie Brown

"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity" — Simone Weil (i)

Posted Feb 10, 2020
By Mark Williams

The true story of how Lydia Lunch, the Karrabing Film Collective and four films from Aotearoa thwarted Brexit (almost) at the 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival.

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