Circuit Podcast

Posted Dec 8, 2021
By Mark Williams

We've needed our artists this year more than ever, to fall into other ways of seeing reality" - Nigel Borell

What was 2021? Host Robbie Handcock discusses the year that was with three guest curators: Abby Cunnane, Sophie Davis, and Nigel Borell. The panel discuss memorable exhibitions, the power of a publication, the bodily vibrations of Brett Graham, discovering the South Island, best moving image works, and new discoveries.

Posted Dec 19, 2019
By Mark Williams

In this CIRCUIT Cast 2019 review we welcome Judy Darragh (artist), Remco de Blaaij (Director, Artspace Aotearoa), Becky Hemus (Writer) and Lucinda Bennett (writer). Our panellists gather to discuss the notable shows, artists, works and provocations of the Aotearoa artworld in the year past; in the moving image and every other discipline you can name.

Among the highlights celebrated are Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive, works by Natasha Matila-Smith, Sorawit Songsataya, Selina Ershadi, Ruth Buchanan's ambitious response to the Govett Brewster's 50th anniversary.

Posted Dec 10, 2019
By Mark Williams

Savage in the Garden is a new work by Tanu Gago, currently showing at Artspace Aotearoa as part of Personal Space, CIRCUIT’s 2019 Artist Cinema Commissions, curated by Serena Bentley. Here Tanu talks to Mark Amery about a practice based on countering false narratives of Pasifika masculinity, and overcoming his own sense of cultural dislocation to build communities at home and internationally.

Posted Sep 25, 2019
By Mark Williams

On the phone from Sydney, Chevron Hassett talks to Mark Amery about Mauri Tū, The First Breath of Light (2019) showing as part of Home Movies, this Saturday 28 September 10am-4pm in Wellington. The work visualises the sunrise over Te Moana Nui a Kiwi (The Pacific Ocean) at Rangitikuia, East Cape just North of Gisborne, into the lands of the Ngāti Porou.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
By Mark Williams

"A lot of confessions we make are performative" - Serena Bentley

In this podcast Melbourne-based curator Serena Bentley talks to Mark Amery about Personal Space, CIRCUIT's 2019 programme of Artist Cinema Commissions. Personal Space features five new works for cinema by Natasha Matila-Smith, Campbell Patterson, Janet Lilo, Tanu Gago and Atong Atem. Each artist was asked by Bentley to respond to the questions; 'What do we call 'home'? What are our shared values? What does home look like?'

Posted Sep 3, 2019
By Mark Williams

"There's always the question of authoring ... I like the shared space of co-production" - Alex Monteith

Posted Jun 14, 2019
By Mark Amery

A new roundtable podcast brings together three Auckland gallery directors; Gabriela Salgado (Te Tuhi), Lisa Beauchamp (Gus Fisher) and Charlotte Huddleston (St Paul St Gallery), to discuss recent strategies for sustainability and audience engagement. Drawing on perspectives both local and international, the panel discuss the role of University galleries within the institution, reaching out to public space, low wages for artists and hosting the odd wedding to pay the bills.

Posted May 3, 2019
By Mark Williams

"Different Art Fairs have different roles" - Stephanie Post, co-director Auckland Art Fair

From 30 April-4 May 2019 the Auckland Art Fair expects up to 10,000 people through its doors. What's showing? Who is it for? How does an event like this represent local practice? Does that matter? Host Mark Amery sat down with co-director Stephanie Post, projects curator Francis McWhannell and artist Judy Darragh to discuss what an event like this means for contemporary New Zealand art.

Posted Apr 17, 2019
By Mark Williams

Peter Wareing is a New Zealand artist who has spent most of the past 30 years working in the USA and now in the UK. His exhibition Suspended Agency at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, examines a distinctly modern condition; individual and collective numbness in the face of increasing political and economic insecurity. In this interview Wareing talks with CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams about his ambitious installation, shot over 3 years in Dagenham, a London suburb which which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit.

Posted Mar 21, 2019
By Mark Williams

“The problem is with bureaucrats who are preventing us from seeing the content” - Luke Fowler

Recently in Wellington for the opening of the Adam Art Gallery installation Passages, Scottish film-maker Luke Fowler sat down with Mark Williams at City Gallery Wellington for a wide-ranging interview on his filmed portraits of experimental musicians, the revolutionary potential of the past, the responsibility of the spectator, the plight of millenials and bypassing gatekeepers.

Posted Dec 18, 2018
By Mark Williams

In this end of year podcast panellists Heather Galbraith, Shannon Te Ao, Simon Gennard join host Mark Amery to discuss the highs and lows of 2018, charting shifting tides, the artworld's 'Complicated Love', and a year of diverse perspectives moving to the centre.

Part 1: Personal Highlights of 2018, Trends of the year, Best show.
Part 2: Biggest surprises, Best publication, Best writing, Best moving image work

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