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Mike Heynes: News of the Uruguay Round

Mike Heynes: News of the Uruguay Round

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  • Wed 17 Feb ’16, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Thu 18 Feb ’16, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 19 Feb ’16, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 20 Feb ’16, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 24 Feb ’16, 11:00am – 6:00pm
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  • Fri 26 Feb ’16, 11:00am – 6:00pm
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  • Wed 9 Mar ’16, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Thu 10 Mar ’16, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Fri 11 Mar ’16, 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sat 12 Mar ’16, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Level 1/147 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

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News of the Uruguay Round
Mike Heynes
17 February – March 13, 2016
Opening: Wednesday 17 February, 5:30pm

Mike Heynes’ multi-channel video installation News of the Uruguay Round investigates the reason behind the ongoing lack of local content on our screens and airwaves.

In 1994, while Heynes was a film Student at Victoria University, the New Zealand Government signed the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Including Trade in Counterfeit Goods (TRIPS), during the Uruguay Round of World Trade Organization negotiations.
TRIPS opened the door for international television productions like Hercules and Xena Warrior Princess (1995) to be made in New Zealand, and paved the way for much bigger productions like Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The agreement provided new jobs in the creative sector at a time when Heynes’ generation was entering the workforce. However, Heynes believes that as a country we have since failed to adequately invest in telling our own stories and, as a result, are missing the collective experience of seeing our generation reflected on television in a meaningful way.

For this work, Heynes has created a series of re-constructed international film and television production company logos, filmed using a range of techniques including green-screen and simple robotics. Deliberately shonky and ad hoc, Heynes’ logos shift between homage and critique, balancing what is ultimately a work of fan art with a critique of how the often overbearing presence of international content affects our cultural landscape.

About the artist:
Mike Heynes is a Wellington based model-maker and video artist with an ongoing interest in film history and studio based production. His installation and video works often reference the genre film, and over the last 17 years have included Horror, Suspense, Disaster, Science Fiction, the Teen Rebellion film, classic cell animation, and television Soap Opera. Heynes completed a BA in Film Studies at Victoria University in 1997, and an MFA at Massey University in 2013. His video work is represented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa and has been screened in Australia, South Korea, Italy and Germany.

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