Founded in 2012, CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand is 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.
CIRCUIT is a mobile agency. We present exhibition and screening projects in partnership with local and international galleries and festivals who provide physical space and infrastructure in exchange for curatorial programming. Previous partner venues include London Film Festival (UK), Oberhausen Short Film Festival (Germany), City Gallery Wellington, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, The Audio Foundation, Elam Project Space, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. We have also curated projects for the online environment including www.filmessay.com (Italy). See our Projects section for a list of current and previous curatorial projects for hire.
CIRCUIT presents an annual Symposium/Artist Week featuring screenings, workshops and events. The CIRCUIT symposium has included presenters from New Zealand, Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia. See our most recent event Phantom Topologies.
The CIRCUIT Critical Forum is a monthly meeting group for artists no longer in education but seeking a supportive forum in which to discuss issues in contemporary practice. The Critical Forum has been presented in association with Artspace, Auckland since 2014. A Wellington version launched in 2016 in partnership with the Adam Art Gallery, and in 2017 a Christchurch group with The Physics Room.
CIRCUIT maintains the online resource www.circuit.org.nz, which streams over 500 videos by 100 New Zealand artists. The online CIRCUIT video collection is searchable by artist, title, year and keyword. CIRCUIT makes online reproduction of these works available for research and study, as a precursor to seeing full resolution copies in an exhibition context. The CIRCUIT website also presents critical review via the written word and the fortnightly CIRCUIT podcast.
In 2017 our curator-at-large is Mercedes Vicente.
CIRCUIT was founded by Mark Williams, who is also Director. The CIRCUIT board includes Christina Barton, Aaron Lister, Andrew Clifford, Thomasin Sleigh, Chelva Khanthan Krpillai, Martin Patrick, Sonya Lacey.
For all enquiries, please contact Mark Williams <[email protected]>.
P.O. Box 7526
Frequently Asked Questions
No. CIRCUIT is a curated site. However we gratefully accept and consider any submissions.
CIRCUIT is currently working with approximately 70 New Zealand artists and several hundred works. New works will be added to the website constantly.
Submissions are considered by the CIRCUIT Director and a rotating selection committee of artists and curators.
No. CIRCUIT only offers video for streaming.
We feel it is important to note the complete breadth of your practice. Each artist has a 300 word bio. This is the place to note your practice as a whole, and the place of the moving image within it. We can also put Exhibition Records on site; videos that document mixed media installation featuring the moving image.
Yes. The more exposure for an Artists work the better.
We consider that most of the works on CIRCUIT are realized through context and other variables; size, space, image quality, the viewer, other screens or media, site-specificity, etc. The works on CIRCUIT are intended to function as a textbook-style reference for study - not as the final work.
In terms of rentals, there are many instances worldwide where online representation has increased demand for an artists work. The best example in New Zealand is Len Lye.
Yes - we welcome them. As with requests from 3rd parties, all curated activities outside the CIRCUIT website will be cleared with the Artist first.
CIRCUIT will pass on any rental enquiry to the Artist. Longer term, CIRCUIT's goal is to distribute the collection through curated projects. We are not funded to do this at present.
No. CIRCUIT will pass on any sale enquiries to the Artist.
Yes. Up to 1280x720.
All works on the CIRCUIT website are hosted through Vimeo.com, where they are available only to CIRCUIT staff.
Yes, but if possible CIRCUIT prefer to get it directly from the Artist, which is easier for everyone. As CIRCUIT is not an archive we also encourage you to consider depositing original materials with organisations such as the New Zealand Film Archive, as well as developing your own file storage systems, to ensure future preservation.
The CIRCUIT Director/Curator is Mark Williams. Send all enquiries to <[email protected]>.
Board members are Aaron Lister, Andrew Clifford, Christina Barton, Martin Patrick, Thomasin Sleigh, Chelva Khanthan Krpillai.
Mark Williams, an independent curator based in Wellington. Formerly Exhibitions Manager at the New Zealand Film Archive 2004-2011. CIRCUIT was evolved following Williams' 3 month residency at London-based Artists Moving Image distributor LUX in 2009.
Creative New Zealand have funded the build of the site and the curation of works.
The CIRCUIT site was designed by The Hit Factory, a Wellington-based web company who have recently returned to New Zealand after ten years working abroad in Tokyo and Berlin. The CIRCUIT logo was designed by Duncan Munro. You can see more of Duncan's work here – http://www.luckystairsstudio.com/.
CIRCUIT is hoping to begin curating packages of work from it's collection for distribution in gallery-based screenings and exhibitions. Specific territories include New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.