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Lucy Aukafolau

Title: Invisible Territories
Year: 2013
Length: 08:55
Format: Single-channel video
Invisible Territories is a video work comprised of footage taken during Aukafolau’s first trip to Tonga with her father and uncle to their homeland in ‘O‘ua Ha‘apai. Adopting the role of an observer, her participation in the journey is guided not by personal way-finding intentions but rather attempts to situate and orient her experience of place within her father and uncle’s collective memory of ‘O‘ua. Throughout the installation there are glimpses of boat journeys at different times of the day capturing the activity at sea; the offload of goods and the boarding and disembarking of ferry passengers. The flurry of activity at sea brings to life the importance of the ocean as a means of travel and communication, evoking the prophetic visions of the late ‘Epeli Hauofa and his notion of a ‘Sea of Islands’ where Pacific islands are connected rather than separated by the sea.
– Epeli Hauofa. “Our Sea of Islands” in In A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands, edited by Vijay Naidu, Eric Waddell, and Epeli Hau‘ofa. Suva: School of Social and Economic Development, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, 1993, 147–161.

Lucy Aukafolau (b.1991, Auckland, New Zealand) is a video artist currently based in Berlin. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. Her practice is concerned with the theory of psychogeography and its relationship to the physical actions of navigation, travel and negotiation of space that reveal new territories and experiences.

https://www.circuit.org.nz/artist/lucy-aukafolau


Sonja van Kerkhoff

Title: Wrapping for a Marginal Citizen
Year: 1994
Length: 13:26
Format: SVHS (undigitised)
Credits: Music: Michel Verheecke (Belgium)
Voice: Sonja van Kerkhoff
Actors: 6 children.

A quasi-self-portrait of an artist and mother of young children where I use my own art objects as as backdrops or elements to complement the narrative. The children’s actions extend the narrative. Two voices: a pessimist and optimist ‘converse’ as images of eggs played with, being forced into transparent egg-cups, being eaten and being broken merge between images of my art objects being played with by the children. The “Wrapping”, a long cloth bearing images of a baby with text directed at the viewer, occurs and reoccurs throughout the video, reminding us of the dichotomy of the spectatorship of art

Sonja van Kerkhoff is a New Zealand artist based in the Netherlands and Aotearoa. She uses diverse materials and media to produce lyrical work often with a conceptual edge.”My works are narratives as aesthetic experiences in sound or vision, whether in static, interactive or time-based media.”

www.sonjavank.com


Alex Monteith

Title: 2.5 Kilometre Mono Action for a Mirage
Year: 2011
Length: 03:29
Format: 35mm, Dolby 5.1 xfer to HD
Credits: Director: Alex Monteith
DOP: Duncan Cole
Sound Recordist: Jeffery Holdaway
Dolby Digital Mix: Park Road Post
35mm Print: Weta Digital
Artist Cinema Commissions
Mark Williams
In association with Creative New Zealand & The University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts

Flux, balance, illusion. A Moto-X rider pulls a continuous wheelie over 2.5 kilometres of coast-line north of Muriwai in Aotearoa New Zealand. The wheelie is one of the most delicately balanced longer durations stunts for a MX rider. The action was conceived specifically for the hazy atmospheric conditions of the Aotearoa coast and takes place on the hard sand revealed only at low tide.

Alex Monteith was born Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1977 and moved to Palmerston North, New Zealand in 1987 with family. She currently lives and works in Auckland. Monteith completed BFA in Photography in 2001, MFA in Intermedia and the time based arts and DocFA at the Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland. Between 1999 and 2012 Monteith was actively involved in art discourse through exhibition, panel discussions and gallery floor talks (art galleries, film festivals, TV and radio both nationally (NZ) and internationally).

Monteith also was a competitive surfer for 6 years, she was the Irish National Women’s champ in 2001 and represented Ireland in both the 2002 ISA world surfing games in Durban, S.A. and the European Surfing Championships in 2001 in addition to competing on the NZ national circuit.

www.alexmonteith.com


Antonia Nisbet

Title: Take care now
Year: 2018
Length: 03:06
Format: Video based installation, double sided projection
Credits: With thanks to Lila and RM Gallery
Take care now uses performance, installation and video navigate the complexities of value and progress in relation to capitalism, and to illuminate the emotional labour present within daily processes of caring. Formed through a porous and durational threshold between art-making and ‘life-living’, Take care now is ultimately concerned with encouraging practices of caring response to encounter. It seeks to set up a consciousness and criticality regarding modes of maintenance, responsibility and privilege within daily interactions, and establishes a necessary change of pace in regards to ‘life-living’. This type of caring is not based in grand gestures, but rather is embedded in the accumulation of caring actions.

Installation view, RM Gallery, 2018


Thematic tags: Performance, Capitalism, Environment/ecology, Feminism, Sex and sexuality, Work/labour


Aliyah Winter

Title: hardening
Year: 2018
Length: 04:18
Format: HD Video
Credits: Camera: Laura Duffy
hardening is a work responding to the biography of Hjelmar Von Danneville, a carer at the Lahmann Health Home home, who then became a patient after suffering a nervous breakdown whilst interned on Matiu Island. Shot on the original site of the home, the work imagines healing methods of hardening and air bathing.
Thematic tags: Body, landscape, feminism, sex and sexuality, LGBTQ

Aliyah Winter is an artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara whose performative work extends across the media of photography, video and performance.

http://www.vimeo.com/aliyahwinter


Lara Lindsay-Parker

Title: Glitch
Year: 2018
Length: 02.05
Format: Part of a 3 channel video entitled Beach body
The following is an exercise in attempting to localise my train of thought. Often fragmented and linked in ways that aren’t immediately clear to the spectator, it serves to negotiate and navigate the fruits of my research, my body, my emotions, my subjectivity and my objectivity. Although it seems conceptually naïve at times, I think it’s important to understand the complexity and extent that our technological landscape is being covertly constructed to serve and perpetuate the social and political interests of the hegemony. Particularly in relation to ideas surrounding freedom from the body (planet earth) and freedom from the body (human form) and the push to frame this ‘freedom’ as the ultimate form of liberation.
Thematic tags: Performance, body, landscape, feminism, technology

Title: Sad @ the beach 
Year: 2017
Length: 03:00
Format: Digital video diptych 
Originally made in response to a home video from the 90’s and walking by an abandoned VHS on the side of the road left in the rain. I was overwhelmingly sad upon both watching the old home video and seeing the VHS all alone in the rain, thinking back to all the nostalgic currency the two things hold. The work comes from a desire to be reconnected with a previous version of self; an obsolete self. The female body contextualises technology within the realms of objectified flesh and contextualises flesh within the realms of objectified technology. Both remain indifferent to the encroaching tide and miserable weather.
Thematic tags: Performance, body, landscape, feminism, technology, sex and sexuality

Predominantly working in moving image and video, Lindsay-Parker aims to examine the ways in which female identity is constructed and represented through shifting technological interfaces. At varying degrees of depth and seriousness, her practice is built around the metaphorical premise that technological objects have the capacity to feel. Lindsay-Parker frequently return to nostalgia as a means to explore empathy, emotions, identity and ultimately, to disrupt a general sense of apathy towards our current techno-social condition.

https://www.circuit.org.nz/artist/lara-lindsay-parker
https://vimeo.com/userlaralp


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