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Newsletter October 2021

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

This month CIRCUIT welcomes several new artists to the site, including Obadiah Russon, Yona Lee, Amy Howden-Chapman and Max Fleury, working in collaboration with Anna Brimer and Bena Jackson.

In our editorial, two new CIRCUIT Casts hosted by Thomasin Sleigh address the challenges and opportunities for exhibiting Artists Moving Image works in the pandemic era. In podcast #1, Thomasin speaks to artists Yona Lee, Amy Howden-Chapman and Gavin Hipkins. In podcast she speaks to curators and gallery representatives Tendai Mutambu (Te Uru, Auckland), Serena Bentley (ACMI, Melbourne) and Lisa Berndt (Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth). Links below.

Now showing on Masons Screen in Wellington, is Louisa Afoa's Pink Flamingo (2016). Prompted by her own experiences moving from her family home in Papakura to Torbay on Auckland’s North Shore, Pink Flamingo offers a defiant response to prejudice, misconceptions and racism.

New Works Online

Glory - Max Fleury

9 min 46 sec / Sound

In Glory, Max Fleury and Anna Brimer gather discarded consumer goods from local charity shops, including a bread board, mini weights and a plastic bin Watch »


Splitting lips, limbs and eyes - Obadiah Russon

12 min 21 sec / Sound

"Shot in an abandoned building in central Auckland known as Pigeon Palace, this film is a failed attempt at escape and transcendence. Standing amongst Watch »


Propositions (Part 1) - Yona Lee

1 min 18 sec / Silent

Propositions responds to the challenge of making site-specific work in a paradoxically hyper-mobile and almost entirely immobilised world with humour Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT Cast 100: Yona Lee, Amy Howden-Chapman, Gavin Hipkins

The advent of the pandemic has seen a rush of material going online. While this has created opportunities for artists and audiences, all sculptural conditions for the moving image are now flattened by the browser and computer speakers. How do we feel about these new conditions for exhibition and Read More »


Max Fleury: Public Nuisance

Max Fleury is an artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara whose practice examines public space, the lifecycle of everyday objects, and clashing ideas of value. Working often with a collaborator, he creates wry, humorous performance works for camera. Here he discusses four works on CIRCUIT that include Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast 101: Tendai Mutambu, Serena Bentley, Lisa Berndt

Artists' Moving Image in the pandemic era—a glut of compromise or new horizons for exhibition and accessibility? Three curators and arts professionals discuss a shift from showing in small towns, major cities, and institutions to the online space, and what the future might bring. Read More »

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