This month we are excited to welcome Israel Randell to CIRCUIT as our Pasifika Research Resident. Currently exhibiting at Tautai, Israel is an artist whose practice spans installations, performances and spatial activations that are informed by her dual heritage (Tainui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rarotonga). Israel will be working on a number of projects with CIRCUIT. Thanks to CNZ for their support. Welcome Israel!
We are pleased to announce the recipients of three new commissions for Masons Screen; Annie Bradley, Layne Waerea, Theo MacDonald. Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal, from Aotearoa, Australia, Italy, Canada. The three new works will play for a month each from November 2020-February 2021.
This past month we welcomed two new podcast hosts, Moya Lawson and Robbie Handcock. Listen to Moya in conversation with Martin Langdon and Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka about their recent projects for Matariki. Robbie has begun a four part series entitled Popular Glory, in which he interviews Aotearoa artists working in moving image who employ queerness as identity, content and strategy.
A huge thanks to Mark Amery for the massive contribution he has made to our podcasts over the past five years, recording 80 episodes addressing installations, individual practice and remaining a generous and thoughtful colleague. Mark remains part of the CIRCUIT whanau and his voice will be part of future CIRCUIT projects.
On CIRCUIT TV right now, a three part video conversation between film maker Sean Grattan (NZ) and academic Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió (US), discussing Sean's 2012 film HADHAD. Much like the mysterious creature HADHAD, the arrival of Covid 19 and authoritarian politics has brought disruption and disbelief; Where did these events come from? Are they real or imaginary? What do they tell us about the sustainability of our political and economic systems? Sean and Manuel discuss.