Sunday, December 21, 2014

GOODNIGHT KIWI a New Zealand Video Art Festival

Before the advent of 24 hour broadcasting in 1994 the evening closedown of New Zealand state television was signaled first by a two-minute animation called the Goodnight Kiwi, then followed by several hours of either static or a television test pattern.

The 12 videos offered in this festival are a collection of alternative sign-offs, transitions into the post-broadcast hour and/or potential place holders to fill the twilight hours between regular broadcasts. Alternately humorous, abstract and challenging, Goodnight Kiwi presents a series of direct addresses to the viewer. Recognising the ubiquity of the internet across the globe, this programme is designed to be broadcast somewhere between the hours of 2-4am. Reflecting the often solitary and ritual nature of technological occupation, Goodnight Kiwi variously offers aesthetic transformation, mass media critique or moments of personal reflection arising from the effects of exhausted wakefulness.

GOODNIGHT KIWI is curated by Mark Williams founding director/curator of CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand.

The image used in the graphic above is from my series Against Forgetting. You can see the complete body of this work on my website HERE.

The program runs until until January 4. You can go to the Festival page HERE.

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