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Newsletter August 2020

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

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.

New Works Online

Self-isolating in Your Heart - Natasha Matila-Smith

3 min 45 sec / Sound

"One of three videos from Self-isolating in your heart - “a three-part series of living portraits which ponder loneliness, longing, and desire. The Watch »


Pony Play - ZK Steiner-Fox

2 min 54 sec / Sound

"Pony Play was produced as an installation for Window Gallery in the entrance of the University of Auckland. Depicting an informal library of queer Watch »


Toa`ipuapuagā (Strength in Suffering) - Vea Mafile`o

10 min 4 sec / Sound

"Toa is a young Samoan woman, for the last 5 years, she has been experiencing the phenomenon of bleeding from her eyes and bloody scratches appearing Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT Cast Episode 87: an interview with M D Brown

In this interview film-maker M D Brown discusses three short films he made between 2000-2004, inspired by the stream of consciousness technique of modernist European writers including James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 86: Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka and Martin Awa Clarke Langdon

In this pod Moya Lawson speaks with Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka and Martin Awa Clarke Langdon; two artists currently exhibiting public artworks in Wellington which celebrate Matariki, a star cluster used traditionally for ancestral navigation, timing the seasons and a marker of the Māori new Read More »


Popular Glory: Contemporary Queerness and the Moving Image - Episode 1: ZK Steiner-Fox

Popular Glory: Contemporary Queerness and the Moving Image is a new four-part podcast series hosted by Pōneke artist Robbie Handcock, in which he interviews a range of Aotearoa artists working in moving image who employ queerness as identity, content and strategy. Read More »

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