Te Uru and CIRCUIT present Otherwise-image-worlds, an exhibition of five newly
commissioned artworks from artists Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Juliet Carpenter, Tanu Gago,
Ary Jansen and Sorawit Songsataya to ask what modes of interaction, imagination, attention,
and refusal animation can cultivate.
How can animation in contemporary moving image practices be critical of the commercial
demand for spectacle and efficiency? How can it serve as a tool for worldbuilding and re-
imagining history beyond imperialist, white, cis, male-dominated narratives?
For nearly two centuries animation has been expanding and reconfiguring the conventions of
image-making to create new experiences in the realms of art and entertainment: from science-
fiction and speculative narratives to cartoon- and video game-based worlds.
Where the polish and ease of current image distribution work to obscure power structures,
Otherwise-image-worlds experiments with how the making and circulation of animation can offer
resistance in playful, oblique, and sometimes-awkward ways.
In Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s multiplayer game, identity determines power and power shifts
as identities change. Like Brathwaite-Shirley, whose video game aesthetics hark back to the
crunchy textures and clunky, block-like forms of eighties and nineties console games, Tanu
Gago’s 3D stereoscopic collaboration with COVEN arts collective draws on forms popularised
during the artist’s youth. Ary Jansen interleaves machinima (recordings of real-time gaming)
from popular gaming titles such as Grand Theft Auto 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of
Us and Detroit: Become Human, Final Fantasy 14 and RuneScape with footage captured
across Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. Juliet Carpenter’s vertiginous short film revels in the
indeterminate space between deadness and liveness, animate and inanimate. Sorawit
Songsataya’s fragmentary point cloud compositions encapsulate the slow disintegration of
memory and ongoing environmental ruin, using data mapping technology to reconstruct spaces
in Ōtepoti Dunedin and the artist’s mother’s home in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Otherwise-image-worlds is part of CIRCUIT Artist Moving Image's annual commissioning series in which five artists are invited to make a new work in response to a theme selected by a curator-at-large, and has been developed in partnerships with Te Uru. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s commission is developed in partnership with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Spike Island, Bristol.
Exhibition design by Samuel Aislabie.