Thick Cinema

CIRCUIT is proud to present Thick Cinema, a screening of five new works by contemporary New Zealand artists Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, Joyce Campbell. Curated by Mercedes Vicente.

Each artist in Thick Cinema was asked to make a work of up to 10 minutes which considered the role of the body and sensorial experience in cinematic intelligibility and meaning. Shot in New Zealand, Japan, USA and Italy, the five resulting works engage variously with the legacy of fascism, the sexual union of eels, public gardens, the sunset and memory.

The CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions are an annual programme produced by CIRCUIT with the support of Creative New Zealand. Each year an internationally-based curator is invited to devise a theme and select 5-6 New Zealand artists to respond. This years curator-at-large is Dr. Mercedes Vicente.

Thick Cinema was commissioned by CIRCUIT with the support of Creative New Zealand. For enquiries about screenings and hire contact (director (at)

John Di Stefano, Murmurations (Rome) (2017) Digital Video, Sound 10.51 minutes
Joyce Campbell, Company Stream (2017) Digital Video, Sound 10.23 minutes
Fiona Amundsen, A Body that lives (2017) Digital Video, Sound 13.54 minutes
Sam Hamilton, FOR THIRTY YEARS, NANCY WOULD SIT OUT ON THE STREET CORNER AND WATCH THE SUNSET (2017) 16mm film transferred to Digital Video, Sound 11.25 minutes
Kim Pieters, Philosophy (2017) Digital Video, Sound 8.38 minutes
(Total running time: 56 minutes, Digital Video, DCP)

Upcoming Screenings
Whitechapel Gallery, London, 3 May 2018
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, October 2018

Previous Screenings
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 12 December 2017
Coventry University (UK) 8 December 2017
Embassy Theatre, Wellington (presented in association with the Adam Art Gallery) 1 November 2017
Christchurch Art Gallery, 25 August 2017