Mike Heynes is a video artist and model-maker with an interest in film history and pre-digital special effects. Mike completed  a creative practice based PhD in Fine Arts at Massey University in October 2021, his exegesis Video Activism in the Shadow of Wellywood explored the continued use of obsolete video equipment as a means of critiquing industry advancements. Mike's video work is represented by Circuit Artist Film and Video Aotearoa and has been screened in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands.


News of the Uruguay Round   (2016). The WTO Uruguay Round of trade negotiations (1994) provided increased access to Aotearoa for overseas companies wishing to make films here. In remaking a series of Hollywood movie studio logos this work considers the influence of international co-productions on local arts and culture since the agreement.

Above: Multi-channel installation at Enjoy Gallery Wellington (2016).

News of the Uruguay Round   (2021). Single  channel video installation for

Image Processors: Artists in the Medium 1968-2020 curated by Christina Barton, Adam Art Gallery Wellington.

Images courtesy of Adam Art Gallery

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Above: News of the Uruguay Round   (2020). Single  channel video installation forTe Papa Into the Open outdoor video art programme, New Zealand Festival of the Arts (2020). Curated by Emma Ng.
Photograph by Matt Grace