• Peter Wareing

The Govett-Brewster’s Projection Series surveys the landscape of historical and contemporary fine art filmmaking, encouraging our audiences to experience the wider world of local and international film and moving image.

The 13th edition in the Govett-Brewster’s Projection Series presents Suspended Agency, a video installation by Peter Wareing. Shot and edited over the past three years in Dagenham – a London Borough which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit – Suspended Agency follows a small cast of individuals occupying the margins of the city. Walking through underpasses, standing by the highway, picking up discarded trash that may suggest some portent or sign, each character appears to inhabit a state of paralysis. Wareing examines a distinctly modern condition: individual and collective passivity and numbness in the face of increasing political and economic insecurity. Why are they here? Why can’t they move on? What is real and what is imagined?

Curated by Mark Williams, the Director of CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, an arts agency which supports New Zealand artists working in the moving image through commissioning works, distribution, critical review and professional practice initiatives. CIRCUIT is supported by Creative NZ Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

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  • 42 Queen Street
  • New Plymouth