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Newsletter May 2021

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

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.

New Works Online

Hau - Kate Belton

9 min 24 sec / Sound

"Hau is the first in a series of four moving image works, under the project title Ō Ratou Tāonga Katoa, or "all our treasures". This term was a Watch »


entrails - Gabriel White

57 sec / Sound

“One of a series of clips shot in 2021 around Auckland on a cell phone which offer a subjective, playful map of the city in all its sprawling glory. Watch »


Tiger Whanau Portrait - Rangituhia Hollis

34 sec / Silent

"This is a developing work, a whanau portrait." - Artist Statement  Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT Cast Episode 97: Steve Carr And Christian Lamont

In this pod Thomasin Sleigh speaks to Steve Carr and Christian Lamont about Fading to the Sky at Auckland's Te Uru Gallery, an exhibition that began as a response to Carr's mothers passing, and through a collaboration with his former student Lamont, evolved into a deeper narrative of loss. Read More »


Panel discussion: Expanded Territories, Expanded Practices

What is sovereignty? Is it innate and universal, or something to be contested and won, in a given place and time? Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 96: Not Today… Can you decolonise an art gallery?

“I can only speak from my aspiration of how I want to see the world... and the art institution that I want to be involved in” - Nigel Borrell Read More »

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