A Genealogy of Moving Image Practice

Given the interdisciplinary strands of influence that inform contemporary moving image practice, what lineages and histories can we call upon to ground and contextualize moving image work in 2015 be it cinema, performance, video, installation and other avant-gardes? Which historical technologies resonate in contemporary practice and why? Why do certain historical projects get reclaimed and on what basis? Why do others get lost? What other kinds of disciplines ground contemporary moving image practice? Are we constantly rediscovering lost histories to explain and inform the circumstances we’re working with today?

A genealogy of moving image practice was the third annual CIRCUIT symposium, and was presented in association with Elam School of Fine Arts, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries with support from Creative New Zealand, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Foundation, RAMP Gallery and The Audio Foundation.

The 2015 symposium and festival included four exhibitions, a workshop, a screening, a performance, and a full day symposium held at Elam School of Fine Arts. We welcomed guests from New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Featured international guests include Kathy Geritz, co-editor of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-2000, and Alexander Larose, an artist and filmmaker based in Montréal Canada.

Symposium speakers included Kathy Geritz (US), Dr. Dirk De Bruyn (AU), Christina Barton, Dr. Mark Harvey, Mark Williams, Emma Bugden, Shannon Te Ao, Joyce Campbell, Melanie Oliver, Lawrence McDonald, Gavin Hipkins, Gabriel White, Sonya Lacey, Andrew Clifford, Sean Kerr and Nova Paul.