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Newsletter November 2020

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

Thanks to everyone who came to AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images at Pataka Art + Museum over the weekend of 23/24 October. After all of the turbulence of 2020, it was wonderful to sit in a room with a community, and to enjoy new works, new conversations. We are currently working on a follow up publication, and more screenings around Aotearoa.

This Friday 13 November we present the final edition of The Sound of Seeing - sonic experiment in Aotearoa Artists Film and Video 1973-2020. Night three at The Pyramid Club, Wellington features new live soundtrack commissions performed by Jamie Berry, Chrissie Butler, Simon Cuming to films by Darcell Apelu, Popular Productions, Jamie Berry, Bruce Barber, Mike Heynes. There will also be a new taonga puouro soundtrack by Thomas Carroll. $12 pre-sales via UTR, or $15 on the door. 

Now showing on Masons Screen, Wellington the first of three annual commissions. Layne Waerea's Uninvited Visitor (2020) is a subtle response to recent global conversations around public monuments. The artist drops kumara down Wellington steps which act as pathfinders for the planting of new seedlings. If we were to envisage other 'memorials' what could they be?

As we head towards December we bid farewell and a huge thanks to our Mana Moana resident Israel Randell, who in just three months has made an indelible impression in the Poneke arts scene. Whether delivering a series of excellent interviews for her (ex)CLAIM series (see below), performing at the FASWAG vogue ball or being part of the discussions shaping the programme for our recent Symposium, we thanks Israel for her energy and insight. All the best for your new adventures at Whakatane Museum and Arts!

New Works Online

Am I Dreaming? - Phil Dadson

10 min 1 sec / Sound

"Ruminations on a land, arid & beautiful, little evidence of life. "Toitū te kāinga, whatu ngarongaro he tangata: When the people have disappeared Watch »


Karanga - 7558 Collective

13 min 15 sec / Sound

A work by 7558 Collective (Jamie Berry, Leala Faleseuga, Pikihuia Haenga,Te Kahureremoa Taumata). Watch »


Biobitumen - a greywacke love poem - Raewyn Martyn

2 min 40 sec / Sound

"Biobitumen—a greywacke love poem (2019), is a short film and site-responsive installation made in collaboration with Rachel O’Neill and Johanna Watch »

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Latest Commentary

Nathan Pohio, Let it be to a Lofty Mountain, Christchurch Arts Centre, 20-29 Aug 2020

In Let it be to a Lofty Mountain, Nathan Pohio (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu) draws upon his Māori heritage to create a moving photographic collage of Maukatere, of Kā Pākihi-whakatekateka-a-Waitaha (also known as Mount Grey, of the Canterbury plains). Selected from over 1000 photographs taken on Read More »


(ex)CLAIM: Jamie Berry

Jamie Berry (Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngati Porou, Ngā Puhi) is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is steeped in whakapapa. Her practice weaves together sound, moving image and design to create new expressions of story-telling. Jamie is a founding member of 7558 Collective, a Read More »


(ex)CLAIM: Kahurangiariki Smith

Kahurangiariki Smith’s art and curatorial practice is strongly focussed on the materiality of digital media and a kaupapa of indigenous futurism grounded in mātauranga Māori. Her art reflects media that she is engaged with daily, such as gifs, karaoke and video games. Her video games FOB (2016) and Read More »

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