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.
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Audio Radio New Zealand - Standing Room Only interview
Radio New Zealand Standing Room Only Lynn Freeman interviews artist Peter Wareing about his installation Suspended Agency
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?
He whakamaunga kiriata a Suspended Agency nā Peter Wareing o Aotearoa. I kapohia, i wetewetehia i roto i ngā tau e toru kua hori, i Dagenham, arā, he taone i Rānana i kaha pōti mō Brexit. Ka waihape a Suspended Agency i tētehi kāhui iti e noho ana i ngā whaitua o te taone rā. He mate rōrā tō ia āhua, ā, he momo tohu katoa, ārā, e kitea ana tana whīkoi i ngā ana, tana tū i ngā rori matua, me tana kohikohi para. He aha te take kei konei rātou? He aha i kore ai e taea e rātou te neke atu? He aha ngā mea tūturu, ā, he aha ngā mea hanga noa?
Periodically, Wareing’s cast of individuals break the spell of their eternal present to read passages of script from Alphaville (1965) a French science fiction film noir directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Alphaville follows the adventures of Lemmy Caution, a secret agent whose mission is to destroy Alpha 60, a computer which has outlawed free thought and individualist concepts such as love, poetry, and emotion. In juxtaposing Alphaville with Brexit, Wareing uses fiction as a tool for examining a distinctly modern condition; individual and collective passivity and numbness in the face of increasing political and economic insecurity.
I tōna ake wā, ka whatīa e te kāhui a Wareing te mākutu i te pānui i ngā tuhinga a Alphaville (1965), arā, he kiriata pakimaero o Wiwī nā Jean-Luc Godard i tohutohu. Ka whāia ngā whakawhitinga a Lemmy Caution i Alphaville, arā, he tangata mahi huna e ngana ana ki te turaki i Alpha 60, he rorohiko e whakahau ana i te korenga o te whakaaro tangata me ngā uaratanga pērā i te aroha, i ngā kupu huahuatau me ngā haurongo. Mā te whakatairite i Alphaville ki a Brexit, he pakimaero te rauemi a Wareing hei whakamātautau i ngā āhuatanga hōu; te whakahei a te kāhui, a te takitahi rānei me te kōpātanga i te mata o ngā whanaketanga tōrangapū me ngā tītengitanga ohanga.
Suspended Agency is 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 of works, distribution, critical review and professional practice initiatives. CIRCUIT is supported by Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand.
Nā Mark Williams i takatū
Kaiwhakahaere o CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa