Ngā mihi mahana to everyone who came along to the launch of Sovereign Pacific/Pacific Sovereigns at Artspace Aotearoa in Tāmaki Makaurau. We were delighted to have this opportunity to further showcase the 2020 Artist Cinema Commissions by Rangituhia Hollis, Ana Iti, Alex Monteith, Gary-Ross Pastrana, and Sione Monu. Stayed tuned for more screening dates for these works to be announced in the near future.
A reminder that the CIRCUIT Sovereign Pacific/Pacific Sovereigns e-book is available for free download. The e-book includes 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, and the AURA Student Critical Forum (Meleseini Faleafa, Ilena Shadbolt, Kate Donald, Lucy Jessep, Matt Tini). Download your copy here. You can also read one of the panel discussions, an excerpt from the Symposium, in the link below.
This month CIRCUIT has also continued our involvement with the prestigious Oberhausen Short Film Festival in Germany. CIRCUIT showed a programme of recent works by Aotearoa artists Stella Brennan, Natasha Matila-Smith, Neihana Gordon-Stables, Alex Plumb, and Alex Monteith. We also celebrated the inclusion of work by Rangituhia Hollis and Sione Monu in Oberhausen's competition programmes.
Showing this month on Mason's Screen, the CIRCUIT-curated public screen for video art in Wellington's CBD, is Julia Holden's #LunaMeditates (2020). This work, created by Holden during the first lockdown, comprises 550 individual oil paintings that have been animated into a fluid moving image.