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, Thick Cinema asked each of the artists to make a short work examining ‘cinema’s sensorial capabilities and notions of embodiment and experience’. Shot in New Zealand, Japan, USA and Italy, the 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. 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, an independent curator and writer who recently completed her PhD at the Royal College of Art, London, on the work of New Zealand pioneer video artist Darcy Lange.

Thick Cinema will have its’ premiere screening 6.30pm, Friday 25 August at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. CIRCUIT have commissioned Dr Vicente to both curate the programme and lead this years CIRCUIT Symposium, which takes place the following day at the same venue. The symposium will feature a range of artists and academics responding to the same themes of sensorial experience and embodiment. Three of the artists commissioned for Thick Cinema (Joyce Campbell, Kim Pieters and Fiona Amundsen) will also participate in the symposium.

Thick Cinema was commissioned by CIRCUIT with the support of Creative New Zealand.
 Admission to Thick Cinema is free. More information about the CIRCUIT Symposium can be found here.


List of works:
John Di Stefano, Murmurations (Rome) (2017)
Joyce Campbell, Company Stream (2017)
Fiona Amundsen, A Body that lives (2017)
Sam Hamilton, FOR THIRTY YEARS, NANCY WOULD SIT OUT ON THE STREET CORNER AND WATCH THE SUNSET (2017)
Kim Pieters, Philosophy (2017)