Locating the Practice: Exhibiting Artists’ Moving Image

Poster by Kerry Ann Lee. Image from Bruce's Version (2014) Sorawit Songsataya

Where is artists’ moving image practice best sited? How can we define and exhibit this diverse and ever evolving area of practice? What type of language do international institutions use and how does it differ from the local?

The annual CIRCUIT symposium on artist moving image practice returns, this year with screenings, local and international speakers and installed works. Led by curator George Clark (Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, UK) Locating the Practice critically examines the role of the museum/gallery as a site for moving image practice.

Locating the Practice launches on Friday 15 August at the Academy Cinema with a screening of works by New York-based French artist Camille Henrot. Highlight of the screening is Grosse Fatigue (2013), an ambitious video that attempts to tell the story of the universe’s creation from a computer desktop using the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Grosse Fatigue was awarded the Silver Lion at 55th Venice Biennale.

On Saturday 16 August curator George Clark (Tate Modern) leads Locating the Practice: Exhibiting Artists’ Moving Image. In this one-day event a number of exhibition case studies are broken down and rebuilt to examine strategies in exhibiting artists’ moving image works. Local speakers include Simon Rees (Director, Govett Brewster Art Gallery), Nina Tonga (Curator, Te Papa), Paul Brobbel (Len Lye Curator) and artists Nathan Gray (Australia) and Terri Te Tau (New Zealand).

During the symposium the CIRCUIT Critical Forum, a monthly meeting group for professional artists based in Auckland, will present installed works at the Elam Project Space by Louise Menzies and Sorawit Songsataya.

Locating the Practice is presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand in association with Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland with the support of Creative New Zealand and the British Council.  

Keynote George Clark (UK) is a curator, writer and artist. He is Assistant Curator of Film at Tate Modern where he has curated retrospectives of work by Ute Aurand, Camille Henrot, Mike Kuchar and Rose Lowder. He co-curated the series Magiciens de la Terre Reconsidered and Assembly: A Survey of Artist Film and Video in Britain 2008-2013 at Tate Britain. He has written for publications including Afterall, Art Monthly, Mousse Magazine and Sight & Sound. He co-wrote the script for the film The Future's Getting Old Like the Rest of Us (2010) with artist Beatrice Gibson and collaborated with Luke Fowler on his film The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott (2013).

Full website: http://circuit.org.nz/locating-the-practice