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This Is Not Film-making - Artists Work for Cinema


Tue 6 Dec 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Te Uru

This is not film-making. Artists work for cinema features five new works by New Zealand artists Gavin Hipkins, Juliet Carpenter and Gregory Kan, Daniel Malone, Louise Menzies and Nathan Gray (AU). Commissioned by Circuit and curated by George Clark (UK), each artist was invited to make a single channel work up to ten minutes in length in response to the writings of the late New Zealand conceptual artist Julian Dashper (1960-2009).

Centrally focused on the history, theories and popular ideas of abstraction, conceptualism and minimalism as working methodologies, Julian Dashper's work sought to understand the cultural and geographical position of New Zealand globally. His practice considered how this country received and disseminated visual information, and manifested itself in various forms including paintings, photographs, found objects (which he infuses with abstract images), various multiples, limited edition CD and 12” records and a series of conceptually driven videos.

As Art Historian Christina Barton says; Dashper has “the unique perspective of attending to an internationalist art history from a distance, enabling him to devise strategies to work around his geographical isolation whilst simultaneously articulating its effects.”

Curator George Clark (UK) says “While I’m interested in how the cinema can be understood as a place for engagement and circulation of art and ideas, Dashper's position outside of the dominant discussions of film and video, and his interest in history, distance and negation are also factors that have drawn me to consider his writings as a productive basis for this project. True to Dashper's work I have invited the artists to make responses that may take the form of negation or reframing of the terms of this invitation.”

This free screening will be followed by a Q&A with curator George Clark in conversation with Gavin Hipkins and Louise Menzies. George Clark (UK) is an artist, independent curator and writer based between Wellington, London and Hong Kong. He is Circuit's 2016 Curator-at-large. From 2013 he worked as Assistant Curator of Film, Tate Modern, London where he curated retrospectives of Ute Aurand, Camille Henrot, Vlado Kristl, Mike Kuchar, Luis Ospina and the series Magiciens de la Terre Reconsidered (with Lucy Steeds) and L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. His curatorial research is focused on exploring and expanding histories of film and video practice globally, with particular research interest in South East Asia.

Note: A free shuttle bus will depart from Wellesley Street, beside the Auckland Art Gallery, at 6pm, returning from Titirangi after the event (departure approx. 8:15pm).

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