This month CIRCUIT staff and Board send our best wishes to everyone at home in Aotearoa, and all of our friends and supporters based internationally. We hope you are all safe and warm. A special thanks to all of our artists, who have been so understanding whilst we work with venues worldwide to reschedule exhibitions, screenings and other events. As we continue to plot future events, there's a wealth of great new content streaming on the CIRCUIT website;
What does a virus look like? How does it think? What does it want? In CIRCUIT Podcast 83, visiting UK artist John Walter discusses his recently exhibited work at Gus Fisher, A Virus Walks Into A Bar, which narrates the life cycle of an HIV "as if it were set somewhere between Coronation Street and Twin Peaks".
In No-one works alone: an interview with Bruce Barber the renowned New Zealand/Canadian artist discusses the link between the 2019 Hong Kong protests and historical radicals such as Bertrand Russell and Karl Marx. Watch a dozen of Bruce's works spanning 1973-2019 on CIRCUIT here.
A new essay by Thomasin Sleigh reflects on the three recent Masons Screen commissions by Rangituhia Hollis, Max Fleury and Bena Jackson, Rachel O'Neill.
And we raise a toast to the 50th work on Masons Screen, Arapeta Ashton & Wai Ching Chan's Pātai/Maan Taai問題 (2019), which was installed shortly before the lockdown. Working together, the artists harvest, boil and dye harakeke, a metaphorical weaving of their shared histories together as Māori and Tauiwi. Thanks to our partners Wellington City Council for their support of this public art project.