Commentary

Podcast Posted Jun 14, 2019
By Mark Amery

A new roundtable podcast brings together three Auckland gallery directors; Gabriela Salgado (Te Tuhi), Lisa Beauchamp (Gus Fisher) and Charlotte Huddleston (St Paul St Gallery), to discuss recent strategies for sustainability and audience engagement. Drawing on perspectives both local and international, the panel discuss the role of University galleries within the institution, reaching out to public space, low wages for artists and hosting the odd wedding to pay the bills.

Writing 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.

Writing 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.

Writing 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).

Podcast Posted May 3, 2019
By Mark Amery

"Different Art Fairs have different roles" - Stephanie Post, co-director Auckland Art Fair

 
Writing 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

Podcast Posted Apr 17, 2019
By Mark Williams

Peter Wareing is a New Zealand artist who has spent most of the past 30 years working in the USA and now in the UK.

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.

Podcast Posted Mar 21, 2019
By Mark Williams

“The problem is with bureaucrats who are preventing us from seeing the content” - Luke Fowler

Recently in Wellington for the opening of the Adam Art Gallery installation Passages, Scottish film-maker Luke Fowler sat down with Mark Williams at City Gallery Wellington for a wide-ranging interview on his filmed portraits of experimental musicians, the revolutionary potential of the past, the responsibility of the spectator, the plight of millenials and bypassing gatekeepers.

Writing 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.

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