So that was 2013, and before we switch off the generator a quick recap of CIRCUIT highlights - (deep breath)
Our symposium Looking Back into the Future brought together local and international speakers for a 3 day event to screen, watch and discuss all things moving image; capitalising on all that energy we have since founded our monthly CIRCUIT Critical Forum in conjunction with Artspace, Auckland. (A Wellington group will be formed next year). After the symposium we presented four works by recent Turner Prize finalists at screenings in Wellington and Dunedin, including Laure Provost's Wantee, subsequently announced in the past fortnight at the 2013 Turner Prize winner.
Back on the website, we knocked out 8 editions of New Zealand's (only?!) art podcast CIRCUIT CAST and continued to review current shows the length and breadth of NZ with occasional forays into the international realm; the website swelled with video a-plenty as received dozens of submissions, new works and artists. A last look at the website stats showed over 100,000 page views since we launched in February 2012.
With all that attention a raft of opportunities to exhibit in the real world filled our inbox; we travelled to Germany to screen works by Sean Grattan and Gavin Hipkins at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, we curated a programme of 16 CIRCUIT artists works for the German TV Video Art Festival Ikono, plus programmes for the recent TEZA/Picture House event in Christchurch. Our first international curator to address the CIRCUIT collection Richard MacDonald (UK) combined works by Joanna Margaret Paul, Nova Paul and Asian artists for The First Universe, which screened at our symposium and was presented in person by Nova Paul at WNDX Festival, Canada.
What's coming up? Look out for our Summer Reading Series over Jan/Feb – 5 writers addressing an artist working with video for which have particular appreciation; Laura Preston on Andrew de Freitas, Abby Cunnane on Kim Pieters, Andrew Clifford on Julian Dashper, Tim Corballis on Peter Wareing and Megan Dunn on Yvonne Todd.
There is not enough column space to thank everyone for all the support we received in 2013 but special thanks to all our artists, writers and contributors, our sponsor Creative New Zealand (especially Kate Montgomery), our symposium partner Elam School of Fine Arts, and special thanks to our accounts mentor Dennis Sabin.
A very happy holiday season to one and all, x CIRCUIT.