Call for Papers & Presentations: CIRCUIT Symposium 2017: The Thickness of Cinema

A symposium exploring the idea of cinema as ‘embodied’, sensorial and affective.

Presented by CIRCUIT at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Saturday 26 August 10-4pm in association with the Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre with support from Creative New Zealand. The Thickness of Cinema is curated by Mercedes Vicente, our 2017 curator-at-large, in collaboration with CIRCUIT.

This symposium invites papers that interrogate phenomenological approaches to film and changing notions of affect and which explore their ethical, social and political implications.

CIRCUIT invites papers, presentations and responses to the following questions;

What might be the role of the body and the sensorial experience in the emergence of cinematic intelligibility and meaning? How does film’s affective experience contribute to our knowledge of the world? In what ways might we be able to analyse and get beyond sensation and emotion to explore culture, gender or ideology? How have cinema, and phenomenological approaches to film, been influenced by and responded to recent technological developments in our digital age that offer new and expanded sensory and experiential dimensions? What might the cinematic experience offer in lieu of the new sensorial experiences brought by these technological advances?

Submission process: Send 200 word (maximum) proposal to Mark Williams <director(at)circuit.org.nz>
Presentation formats: Lecture Presentation, Screening, Performance 

Maximum length: 20 minutes (please note this will be strictly adhered to)
Deadline for submissions: 12pm, Monday 3 July
Notification of acceptance: Thursday 6 July

Submissions are invited from scholars and practitioners in the fields of contemporary art, cinema, philosophy and elsewhere. Submissions from artists are welcome.

The 2017 CIRCUIT Symposium is preceded by an Artists Week of screenings, installations and performances in a variety of locations across Christchurch, and features guests from New Zealand, Canada and France. More details TBA.

On Friday 25 August we will premiere Thick Cinema, a selection of new artist cinema commissions curated by CIRCUIT 2017 curator-at-large Mercedes Vicente, and featuring works by Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, and Joyce Campbell.

For all enquiries: Mark Williams <director(at)circuit.org.nz>