CIRCUIT is proud to announce The Thickness of Cinema, a one day symposium exploring cinema’s sensorial capabilities and notions of embodiment and experience, presented at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu on Saturday 26 August 10-4pm, with support from Creative New Zealand, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Foundation, The Physics Room, Canada Council for the Arts, The Free Theatre and Canterbury Workers Education Association.
This symposium asks the following;
What might be the role of the body and sensorial experience in the emergence of cinematic intelligibility and meaning? How does film 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 cultural, gender or ideological implications? How have cinema, and phenomenological approaches to film, been influenced by and respond to recent technological developments in our digital age that offer new and expanded sensory and experiential dimensions? What might the cinematic experience be destined to offer us in lieu of the new sensorial experiences brought by these technological advances?
The Thickness of Cinema is curated by CIRCUIT 2017 curator-at-large Dr. Mercedes Vicente. Keynote speaker is Dr. Erika Balsom (CAN). More info and registration details here.
On Friday 25 August at 6.30pm, we premiere Thick Cinema, five new artist cinema commissions by Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, Joyce Campbell, each of whom have responded to the same provocations as the symposium.