28.09.19 - 5.10.19
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AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images 2019
Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa New Zealand


Welcome to the first edition of AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images.

Presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of Creative New Zealand, AURA 2019 takes place in a variety of community venues in Newtown, Wellington from 28 September—5 October 2019.

Comprised of Screenings, Installations, Performances and a Symposium, AURA 2019 reflects on ideas of home, shared values and personal space.

AURA 2019 is also a celebration of Newtown, Wellington’s most diverse cultural suburb.


Home Movies

Curated by Mark Williams and Laura Duffy

For one-day only, a New Zealand art trail in Newtown. 26 video works in 20 shops, businesses and cultural spaces. 

Presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the support of Creative New Zealand, Home Movies features 20 artworks programmed to reveal the rich cultural diversity of Newtown’s past, present and future. Starting at 10am and running until 4pm, visitors and locals will be invited to pick up a map and navigate their way to spaces as diverse as TechnoFix mobile phone repairs, Good Boy Sandwiches and the Newtown Library, where they will see video works on a loop, addressing topics as varied as South Pacific migration, male pattern baldness and a proposal for a Newtown water feature.

Curated by Mark Williams and Laura Duffy, each work is made by an artist living or working in Newtown either now or historically (revealing Newtown as a site for artist production) or is programmed to reflect the unique cultural history of Newtown.

While Home Movies will run for one day, an exhibition of works (Arrivals) will run at the community pop-up space beside New World until 5 October. This space will feature a new documentary work by Newtown-based artist John Lake in which he interviews locals about their own concept of Newtown as ‘home’. Alongside this are works by Chevron Hassett, Raewyn Martin, Aliyah Winter and Nathaniel Gordon-Stables

At the conclusion of the show CIRCUIT will gift a newly formed collection of artists video to the Newtown Community Centre and Newtown Library where it will reside as The Newtown Artists Film and Video Study Collection. In doing so, artists work will enter the historical and cultural lexicon of Newtown alongside already identified and acknowledged communities.

Home Movies was made possible with the generous support of The Tip Shop.

Installation: Home Movies
Sat 28 Sept.
Various venues
Free Admission

Exhibition: Arrivals
Sat 28 Sept.—Sat 5 Oct.
Pop-Up Space (beside Newtown New World)
195 Riddiford Street
Free Admission

Artist Talk: John Lake
Thurs 3 Oct.
Pop-Up Space (beside Newtown New World)
195 Riddiford Street
Free Admission

Home Movies—


1. Newtown Community Centre

Cnr. Colombo St and Rintoul St
2pm—4pm: Not Everybody Can Do Everything (1996-2010)—Peter Wareing

2. Black Coffee
133 Riddiford Street
Songs about PLEASE REMOVE (2010)—Caroline Johnston

3. Aunty Danas
130 Riddiford Street
Untitled (2014)—Aliyah Winter

4. Book Hound
132 Riddiford St
Mustache (2011)—Rachel O’Neill

5. John Castle Chemist
139 Riddiford St
Just Breathe (2013)—Denise Batchelor

6. Rachnas Jewellery and Fashionware
140 Riddiford St
Running in the Starlight (2011)—Candice Stock

7. Book Haven
160 Riddiford Street
Books I'd like to read (2005)—Christina Read

8. Opportunity for Animals
162 Riddiford Street
Vacant Speechless Mosh (1998-2005)—Terry Urbahn
Popsicle (2011)—Erica Sklenars
12—2pm: Louie Neale live performance

167 Riddiford Street
Untitled (Hair Transposal Video) (2011)—Bryce Galloway
Falling Out (2004)—MD Brown
Note: screens once at 4.00pm

10. Chans Eatery

170 Riddiford Street
凤凰酒家 (Golden Phoenix) (2018)—Madelin Cheng


2 Wilson Street
I am the coming together and the falling apart (2018)
—Laura Duffy

12. Kia Ora Newtown
6 Constable St
Into the arms of my colonizer (2016)—Chris Ulutupu

18. Technofix
185 Riddiford Street
Star Crossed (2017)—Lara Lindsay Parker

13. Newtown Public Library
13 Constable Street
Invisible Territories (2013)—Lucy Aukafolau

14. Peoples Coffee
12 Constable St
A Guide To: Effective Implementatioof Self-service (2017)
—Elisabeth Pointon

15. Plumbers Supreme
28 Constable St
In the Shadow of Wellywood (2019)—Mike Heynes
Glory (2019)—Max Fleury and Anna Brimer
Simple Pleasures (2019)—Pippy McClenaghan

16. Splendid
74 Constable Street
Kia Kaha Chichai Gaijin (2018)—Emiko Sheehan

17. Good Boy Sandwiches
181 Riddiford Street
Little Boy Blue (2008)—Gabrielle Amodeo

19. Community Pop Up Space
195 Riddiford Street (beside New World)
Exhibition: ARRIVAL
(2019)—Chevron Hassett
Title TBC (2019)—John Lake
Title TBC (2019)—Raewyn Martin
I have come and joined my love with yours (2017)
—Aliyah Winter and Nathaniel Gordon-Stables
Note: runs 28 Sep. until 5 Oct.

20. Mechanical Tempest
228 Riddiford St
cardboard foundation (2019)—Louisa Beatty

21. Shoe School
247 Riddiford Street
Pātai/Maan Taai問題 (2019)—Arapeta Ashton and Wai Ching Chan

22. Domestic Bliss Textiles
261 Mansfield St
—Sam Hamilton



Personal Space

Five newly commissioned artist works for cinema. 

What do we call ‘Home’? What are our shared foundations and values? When you think about yours what does it look like, and what will it look like in the future? What does home mean to you?

Commissioned by CIRCUIT and curated by Serena Bentley, Personal Space is a collection of five new artist cinema works. each artist was asked to respond to a series of questions about the idea of home. The concept was prompted in part by New Zealand-born curator Serena Bentley's 12 year residence in Melbourne and also from Bentley observing events from afar, including the recent Christchurch shooting.

Says Bentley "I have lived away from Aotearoa NZ, my home, for twelve years and I continue to feel an unrelenting longing for my family there and for the land. I appreciate also however that distance changes your relationship to place - it can be easy to erase the complexities of home and to romanticise it instead."

Bentley's invitation to the artists acknowledged that what we call 'home' is often problematic.

"‘Where are you from?’ can be a loaded and complex question. How do you respond? Home can be permanent, transient, or imagined - a place to work towards, leave behind, escape from or return to later. Maybe you have more than one. Or perhaps home is less about place and more about the people you surround yourself with - the family you belong to or create. Is home a place we get to choose for ourselves? For those with ties to Aotearoa, the recent tragic events in Christchurch were a shock to some but not others, shattering illusions and forcing many to interrogate the realities of life in New Zealand. What are our shared foundations and values? What does home look like from the inside versus the outside?"

The five artists have all responded to the brief in diverse ways; Natasha Matila-Smith invites us into her bedroom to reveal her innermost thoughts, Campbell Patterson performs seemingly absurd actions in orange juice soaked underpants and Atong Atem maps her journey from Ethiopia to Melbourne. Traversing diverse themes including the negative effects of social media, the volatile nature of the housing market and migration, the works in this year’s commission program tease out the loaded and complex concept of home.

The CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions are an annual programme produced by CIRCUIT. Each year CIRCUIT invites an internationally-based Curator-at-large to conceptualise a theme and nominate 5 artists to each respond with a short work for cinema. Previously commissioned works have shown at Whitechapel Gallery (UK), Berlinale (Germany) and Rotterdam Film Festival.

6.30pm Friday 4 October
Newtown Community Centre, Wellington
Admission free

Featuring new works by:
Atong Atem (AUS)
Tanu Gago (NZ)
Janet Lilo (NZ)
Natasha Matila-Smith (NZ)
Campbell Patterson (NZ)



From Me To You

A one-day academic Symposium featuring local and international speakers.

The history of artists moving image is one of first-person voices. From Jonas Mekas to Sadie Benning, from Charlotte Prodger to Sione Monu, artist film-makers have used themselves and the everyday as material, asserting a radically personal encounter with the world and their place within it. In turn, their work has served to critique the embedded codes of gender, privilege and representation in dominant cultures both onscreen and off. Alongside the diaristic voice, artists’ have placed the artists own hand on the camera, using the 8mm camera and the iphone as an extension of the body, and a reminder of the artists’ presence in the work.

This 2019 CIRCUIT Symposium From Me To You presents papers responding to the following questions;

What is the boundary between the personal and the political in artists moving image work? Where does art begin in the diaristic? How can an artist’s personal experiences address collective problems? How are artists using social media platforms to invert private and public space and make carefully orchestrated work where the personal is made public, and shareable? How are new moving image technologies assisting in the construction of artists’ identities? How do they help build like-minded creative communities online and off? Does the ephemeral nature of these platforms change what artists choose to make and disclose? By contrast, what are some of the issues in using found footage from archives and home movies to make new artistic works? Across all of these differing contexts, where does consent lie? What is the role of the audience in witnessing the personal?

Sat 5 Oct. 9.45—4pm
Newtown Community Centre
Admission $0—$40
Register here

Symposium Speakers

Nina Tonga
Curator of Contemporary Art
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Thierry Jutel
Associate Professor in Film
Victoria University of Wellington
Milly Mitchell-Anyon
Art Historian and Curator

Gavin Hipkins
Artist / Associate Professor
Elam School of Fine Arts
University of Auckland

Dilohana Lekamge
Artis, Wellington

Deme Scott-McGregor (Ngati Awa
Artist, Wellington

Selina Ershadi
Artist, Auckland

Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa)
Artist / Lecturer
Whiti o Rehua School of Art
Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts
Massey University Wellington


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