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Newsletter April 2021

In this issue
  1. Activity Round-up
  2. New Works Online
  3. Latest Commentary
Activity Round-up

Opening 6pm, Friday 16 April at Artspace Aotearoa is Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns, our 2020 Artist Cinema Commissions, featuring new work by Sione Monu, Rangituhia Hollis, Ana Iti, Gary-Ross Pastrana and Alex Monteith. Come along for a drink, and to celebrate these artists works. Show runs until 18 May.

Also at the Artspace launch we will be celebrating the release of the CIRCUIT E-reader, 88 pages of papers, presentations and conversation from the 2020 CIRCUIT Symposium. Featuring contributions from David Teh, Dr. Carl TH Mika, Sorawit Songsataya, Lana Lopesi, Dr. Greg Dvorak, Dr. David Chesworth, Ana Iti, Andrew Clifford, AURA Student Critical Forum (Meleseini Faleafa, Ilena Shadbolt, Kate Donald, Lucy Jessep, Matt Tini). The reader will be available as a free pdf.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey about the redesign of the new CIRCUIT website. Your comments were very helpful and we're looking forward to relaunching the site in late 2021. For the next stage of the project we're delighted to welcome Thomason Sleigh, who will be working with us until Dec 2021 as our Digital Producer. Thomasin will also be contributing to CIRCUIT's editorial content, including our critical writing and podcast.

Finishing this Friday 10 April at The Audio Foundation, Jamie Berry's Whakapapa / Algorithms. Don't miss! Now showing on Masons Screen in Wellington, Brit Bunkley's Downbreak on 1, Upbeat on 2 (2013).


New Works Online

Harirū - Sarah Hudson

1 min 50 sec / Sound

In Singapore, the artist attempts to connect with intangible ancestors. A humorous response to an online DNA test which identified their genetic Watch »


Oho Ake (single screen) - Rangituhia Hollis

10 min 9 sec / Sound

"With noir-inflected, comic book style composition and storytelling, Oho Ake is a five-part fiction that uses autobiography and sci-fi to communicate Watch »


Brain Island (sampler) - Xi Li

1 min 41 sec / Sound

Brain Island is an ongoing work which "presents a picture of a hypothetical heterotopian country through a lens of religion and philosophy while using Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

happiness is only real when shared, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland (13 February - 29 May 2021)

happiness is only real when shared is a follow up to We’re Not Too Big To Care, the inaugural exhibition curated by Lisa Beauchamp when she first took the reins of Gus Fisher Gallery in 2019. In the barely two years that have passed between these exhibitions, the world has been altered to such a Read More »


24 hours in Tāmaki Makaurau: an artist moving image round-up

It hasn’t always been easy to see shows in Tāmaki Makaurau lately. With COVID postponing exhibitions, openings and cancelling flights (nevermind the extended impact on artistic production) the expectation of seeing art in the city has been tempered by a certain pessimism about whether the doors Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 95: Connor Fitzgerald and Xi Li

In this podcast Moya Lawson speaks to Xi Li and Connor Fitzgerald, two emerging artists working in digital space via avatars, text and interactivity. The artists discuss the capability of the avatar to move beyond the constraints of physical embodiment towards a range of intentions and new Read More »

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