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Newsletter December 2019

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

Now showing at Artspace Aotearoa in Auckland until 18 December is Personal Space, CIRCUIT's 2019 Artist Cinema Commissions. At 6pm, Monday 16 December come to Artspace to hear curator Serena Bentley in conversation with artists Tanu Gago and Janet Lilo. The conversation will be prefaced by a screening of the five works in Personal Space.

Now showing on Masons Screen, the first of our 2019 commissions for this Wellington public space, Rachel O'Neill's Not my autobiography? Coming up from 12 December, commission #2, Rangituhia Hollis' Across the face of the moon

CIRCUIT artists are well represented at the upcoming Rotterdam International Film Festival from 22 January to 2 February 2020, with works by Janine Randerson and Natasha Matila-Smith showing in the Distributor showcases and Atong Atem's Artist Cinema Commission Zero showing in the Bright Futures programme. Tanu Gago's Apparatus was nominated by CIRCUIT for Sacred Beings, a programme examining non-Western perspectives on gender.

Finally a big thanks to everyone who participated in CIRCUIT activities this year. We look forward to 2020, with an expanded AURA Festival in Auckland, a new Pasifika Research Residency and many other exciting projects. Wishing you all a safe and happy break.

New Works Online

Cave - Holly Walker

18 min 40 sec / Sound

Artist Statement: “One of 4 video-based performances for which I created a large white gown, that came to resemble a safe space, a feminine space a Watch »


Chasing the Light - 1 Angle (2 minute excerpt) - Steve Carr

2 min 8 sec / Silent

"Christchurch artist Steve Carr offers a chilled-out take on a familiar spectacle. In his six-screen video installation, Chasing the Light (2018), Watch »


cold clay, emptiness... - SJ Ramir

1 min 38 sec / Sound

"In Cold Clay, Emptiness... an anonymous figure moves in slow motion through an empty and remote rural environment. The figure's journey is Watch »

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Latest Commentary

The testimonial

Moving image is particularly apt to function in a testimonial role. By that I mean it tends to lend a factual relevance to the issue of representation. Whether that’s by way of an interview with a person of interest or a documentary recording of an event or site, the moving image is often deployed Read More »


Sounding out feeling in Offspring of Rain: Sorawit Songsataya & Antonia Barnett-McIntosh at Enjoy

In his book Crowds and Power (1960), which I come to through Gwyneth Porter, Elias Canetti describes rain as a crowd symbol, a natural phenomenon that summons the energy of a crowd and transforms it into myth, dream, speech and sound. (1) For Canetti, the motion of rain is intrinsically linked to Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 81: an interview with Tanu Gago

Savage in the Garden is a new work by Tanu Gago, currently showing at Artspace Aotearoa as part of Personal Space, CIRCUIT’s 2019 Artist Cinema Commissions, curated by Serena Bentley. Here Tanu talks to Mark Amery about a practice based on countering false narratives of Pasifika masculinity, and Read More »

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