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Newsletter September 2021

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

A podcast from the archives and new long-read essay

We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Billy Apple. Mark Amery spoke to Apple for CIRCUIT Cast on the occasion of his 2015 exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery—take this opportunity listen to his insights about the show.

We're also thinking of our Auckland whānau, still in level four lockdown. A long-read suggestion for time spent at home is Hamish Win's new essay, Sonya Lacey: Noise as Method, on ten years of work by this Walters Prize-nominated artist.

Sione Monū at Edinburgh Film Festival

In August, Sione Monū's work Only Yesterday (2020) was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival's Shorts: Visions programme. This work was commissioned for CIRCUIT's 2020 Artist Cinema Commissions and it's great to see it receiving continued international exposure.

Joanna Margaret Paul in Ōtepoti

Last month we screened Six Artists Respond to Joanna Margaret Paul in collaboration with the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Several of Paul's video works continue to screen in the major exhibition, Imagined in the Context of a Room until 14 November.

Masons Screen 

This month, Masons Screen, the public video art screen in Pōneke's CBD, is showing Phil Dadson's 2020 work Am I Dreaming?. "Ruminations on the land, arid and beautiful, with little evidence of life."—artist's statement.

New Works

Do you still need me - Christopher Ulutupu

21 min 20 sec / Sound

A series of performative scenes take place in nature, each activated by oddly disjointed juxtapositions; a woman and man adopt performative poses in a Watch »


The Hoover Diaries - Amanda Newall

40 min / Sound

Q: What connects pop group The Mockers, a murder over stolen pigs, and the introduction of fishing quotas in 1980's New Zealand? 
A: Timaru Watch »


Slow Steaming - Murray Hewitt

11 min 29 sec / Sound

June 1–7Tverskoy Bridge is a crude oil tanker built in 2007 by Admiralty Wharves - St Petersburg Russia. Owned by Unicom Management Services - Watch »

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Latest Commentary

Repost: CIRCUIT CAST Episode 22: An interview with Billy Apple

Our thanks and gratitude to Billy Apple for an uncompromising and generous artistic life. In this repost of our 2015 podcast, Mark Amery speaks to the pioneer pop artist and conceptualist about his survey at Auckland Art Gallery The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else. Billy also took time to Read More »


Sonya Lacey: Noise as method

In this in-depth essay, Hamish Win considers the art of Sonya Lacey, whose work, he argues, uses "noise"—information’s excess or supplemental qualities—as a productive method through which to convey meaning. Looking at Lacey's ongoing series of untitled drawings, and subtle moving image works such Read More »


Text as material: 10 works inspired by poetry, word and song

Ten artist videos using poetry, text, waiata and spoken word as material and inspiration for moving works. Many of the works seek to span time and distance, Lara Lindsay-Parker's Star Crossed (2017) combining 19th century poetry with cellphone communication; Kahurangiariki Smith working with her Read More »

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