• Aboutthe Symposium
  • Day 1All Divided Selves
  • Day 2Talks/Screenings
  • Day 3Workshop
  • Image: Still from This is not Dying (2010), Nova Paul

    Image: Still from This is not Dying (2010), Nova Paul

    Looking Back into the Future - a symposium on artist moving image practice

    Overview
    Presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand in association with Elam School of Fine Arts, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI), The University of Auckland, Looking Back into the Future is a three day symposium on artist moving image practice with screenings, discussion and an artists' workshop addressing issues of production, networks and value. The event takes place at three venues in Auckland, August 29-31.

    Day 1 Thursday August 29: All Divided Selves (feature film screening) 8pm, Academy Cinema
    Day 2 Friday August 30: Professional Practice Forum (morning) / Three Screenings (afternoon) 10am-6pm, Elam School of Fine Arts
    Day 3 Saturday August 31: Auratic Film (Artists' workshop) 10am-1pm, The Audio Foundation

    Reflecting on current local and international perspectives, how can institutions better support new models of moving image practices? How to foster appropriate skills and encourage production models for practitioners? Looking outward, how do we develop networks and exchanges that generate meaningful dialogue and sustainable engagement? How do cultures and regions perceived as being on the periphery of the art world affirm their own artistic and cinematic histories?

    Featuring international guests Benjamin Cook, Director, LUX (UK), Dr May Adadol Ingawanij, curator of the 2012 Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (Thailand) and Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster (UK), Richard MacDonald, Researcher, Goldsmiths University. Local speakers include Alex Monteith, Artist and Senior Lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts (Auckland), Michelle Menzies, Curator, Adam Art Gallery (Wellington), Sue Gardiner, Chartwell Trust (Auckland) and John McCormack, Starkwhite Gallery (Auckland).

    With the support of Creative New Zealand, The British Council and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

  • Image: Still from All Divided Selves (UK, 2011)

    Image: Still from All Divided Selves (UK, 2011)

    Day 1 - Screening: All Divided Selves (UK, 2011, 93 mins)

    Thursday August 29, 8pm, Academy Cinema, $8

    In a one-off screening at the Academy Cinema on August 29, All Divided Selves reflects on the charismatic, guru-like figure of Glasgow-born psychiatrist R.D.Laing. 

    In his now classic text The Politics of Experience (1967) Laing argued that normality entailed adjusting ourselves to the mystification of an alienating and depersonalising world. Thus, those society labels as 'mentally ill' are in fact 'hyper-sane' travelers, conducting an inner voyage through aeonic time.

    All Divided Selves concentrates on archival representations of Laing and his colleagues as they struggled to acknowledge the importance of considering social environment and disturbed interaction in institutions as significant factors in the aetiology of human distress and suffering. All Divided Selves reprises the vacillating responses to these radical views and the less forgiving responses to Laing's latter career shift; from well-recognised psychiatrist to celebrity poet. A dense, engaging and lyrical collage - Fowler interweaves archival material with his own filmic observations ― All Divided Selves marrys a dynamic soundtrack of field recordings with recorded music by Éric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Alasdair Roberts.

    Luke Fowler is known for his film portraits of socially radical figures; from the avant-garde composer turned political activist Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) to the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (1927–1989). He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London; CAC, Bretigny and X Initiative, New York (all 2009). He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012 for All Divided Selves. He was born in Glasgow in 1978, where he continues to live and work.

  • Image: Still from This is not dying (2010), Nova Paul

    Image: Still from This is not Dying (2010), Nova Paul

    Day 2 - Professional Practice Forum (morning) / Three Screenings (afternoon)

    Friday August 30, 10-5pm, Elam School of Fine Arts, Free entry

    

Morning Session
    On day two of Looking Back into the Future we present an extended round-table discussion and networking event exploring the past, present and future of artists' film and video in New Zealand and beyond.

    A gathering of specialists and professionals in the field of artists' film and video will convene to discuss the most recent developments and possibilities for producing, distributing, presenting, displaying, collecting and preserving the medium.

    Panelists include:
    Benjamin Cook (Director LUX, London)
    Dr May Adadol Ingawanij (Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster, London and Curator, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival)
    Alex Monteith (Artist and Senior Lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland)
    Michelle Menzies (Curator, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington)

    The event will be chaired by Mark Williams (Director, CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand). 
Further speakers to be announced. 

    Afternoon
    
In the afternoon we move into festival mode, with three film screenings which offer propositions for the future of film and video. Featuring recent work from New Zealand, Asia, the United States and Canada, presented by local and international guests.

     

    1.30pm: Reuse, Retell (45 mins), curated and presented Dr May Adadol Ingawanij (Thai/UK)
    2.45pm: A Couple of Things (45 mins) an illustrated lecture by Martin Rumsby (NZ)
    3.45pm: The First Universe (77 minutes) curated and presented by Richard L. MacDonald (UK)
     
    Venue Directions: Elam School of Fine Arts, 20 Whitaker Place, Elam Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Main Fine Arts Building. Parking available at the Owen Glenn Building.
     

     

     
  • Image: Still from This is not Dying (2010), Nova Paul

    Image: Still from This is not dying (2010), Nova Paul

    Day 3 - Auratic Film Workshop

    Saturday August 31, 10am-1pm, The Audio Foundation, $40

    Can moving images in this age of infinite scalability and platforms be described as having a distinct presence or aura? Is there such a thing as a primary encounter with a film and if so what does this experience consist of?

    This workshop for artists takes the question of aura in artists' moving image as the starting point to think about how work is disseminated and how it accrues both cultural and economic value. In preparation we would ask participants to read the following text by US artist Seth Price and think about how it might relate to your own practice - Dispersion by Seth Price.

    The workshop will be led by Benjamin Cook, Director, LUX, London. LUX is a London-based international arts agency that exists for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice and the ideas that surround it.

    Note to participants: Places for The Auratic Film workshop are limited to 25 people and must be registered in advance. To reserve your place email director@circuit.org.nz