In-conversation: Ary Jansen and Sorawit Songsataya with Te Uru curator Tendai Mutambu

Join us for an informal floor talk with two exhibiting artists, Ary Jansen and Sorawit Songsataya, on the occasion of Otherwise-image-worlds, an exhibition of five newly commissioned artworks which ask what kinds of interaction, imagination, and attention animation can cultivate in moving image practices today.

Developed in partnership with Te Uru, 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. 

Ary Jansen is a visual artist, musician, event organiser and youth worker. His work across this broad range of disciplines and fields overlap, each nourishing and supporting the other. Much of his work in art and music is informed by critical, autobiographical reflections on how capitalist logics increasingly dictate social relations, senses of self, and how the world itself appears. Recent projects include ‘Live AV Nights’, New Artists Show 2020, Artspace; ‘Open Entry Jam - No Musical Experience Necessary!’; Queer Pavillion 2020, Albert Park Band Rotunda. 

Sorawit Songsataya is a multimedia artist born in Thailand and currently living in Ōtepoti Dunedin, where they are the 2022 Frances Hodgkins Fellow. Songsataya is interested in redefining the boundaries of subjectivity and ecology and their interdisciplinary work encompasses sculpture, ceramic, textile, moving-image and 3D animation. Selected exhibitions include Nature and State, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2022; Thinking Hands, Touching Each Other, Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg, 2021; Heavy trees, arms and legs, The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, 2021; Rumours (Mermaid), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2020; The Interior, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki Sculpture Terrace, 2019; Offspring of rain, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, 2019; Starling, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland, 2018, and Acting Out, Adam Art Gallery Te P?taka Toi, Wellington, 2017. They are represented in numerous public collections including Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Massey University, Wellington, and the University of Auckland.

Image: Sorawit Songsataya, Mnemosyne (still), 2022, single-channel colour HD-video with sound. (detail) Courtesy of the artist.

Saturday 18 June, 1-2pm