Clinton Watkins

Since 1994 Clinton Watkins has produced artwork that investigates affects that combinations of sonic and visual information can have on an audience. The key conceptual issues of his work are drawn from an interest in constructing immersive experiences through the use of sound, colour and scale of installation incorporating video projection, television monitors and custom-made audio and video hardware. The visual and sound base of his work focusses on the characteristics, structures, phenomena, and processing of sonic and visual material through the exploration of repetition, distortion, colour, duration and form via a minimalist sensibility.

Watkins is also a practicing musician who regularly produces and performs as a solo artist and collaboratively as an active member of the minimal electronic improvisation sextet, Plains and one half of the electronic noise duo 1000. Watkins has numerous releases of recorded material on a variety of local and international record labels such as Circle, 20 City, Claudia, Mystery Sea, CMR, Absurd and Scarcelight. Watkins holds a Doctoral Degree in Fine Arts and lecturers at Elam School of Fine Arts and AUT in time-based media and is represented by Starkwhite Gallery in Auckland, NZ.

CIRCUIT Resources

Interview with Mark Williams (2019)

CIRCUIT Projects

CIRCUIT Distributors Screening, Oberhausen Short Film Festival (2020)
Masons Screen, Wellington (2019)

Selected Exhibitions


Sampler, Starkwhite, Auckland

lowercase (solo), Starkwhite, Auckland

Frequency colour, Starkwhite, Auckland

Delta, Air New Zealand In-Flight Entertainment System
Reflect, Shed 10, Auckland Waterfront
Antartica, Audio Foundation/NZ Film Archive, Auckland (performance)
City Noise, Bledisloe Walkway Lightbox Project, Auckland (photographic works)
Transcode (performance with Trenton Garrett), Wellington City Art Gallery/Engine Room, Massey University
Force Fields, Left Bank, Wellington
Skull Spin, Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland

Selection (solo) Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland
Test Tone, Owens Foyer, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Feedback, Auckland Art Fair/Chartwell/Starkwhite
Water Selection, Auckland Museum
Magnetic Tape Response, Starkwhite, Auckland (performance)
Clinton Watkins & Phil Dadson, Te Tuhi Center for the Arts, Auckland (performance)

Force Fields (solo) Two Rooms, Auckland
Force Fields, Institute of Contemporary Art Newton, Sydney, Australia
Selections, Artspace Sydney, 17th Sydney Biennale, Australia
Avalanche (solo) The New Zealand Film Archive
Clinton Watkins & Shoji Hano, Wine Cellar, Auckland (performance)
Landscape Distortions, Under, Lopdell House, Auckland
4X Strings, Sub Sonic, Christchurch Art Gallery (sound Recording)
Noir Wave # 1/2, Square 2, City Gallery, Wellington

Line & Tone (solo) Hirschfeld Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Stride / Light, 7:5, Two Rooms, Auckland
Selections & Distortions #2, H.S.P. Gallery, Christchurch (performance)
Cont Ship # 1 / 2 / 3, Square 2 Project, City Gallery, Wellington
Selections & Distortions #3, Maidment Theatre, Auckland (performance)

Selections & Distortions #1, New Zealand International Film Festival, Academy Cinema, Auckland (performance)
Cont Ship # 3 / Horizon Line # 1, Two Rooms, Auckland (solo exhibition)
Cont Ship # 1, Past-Present-Place, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, DE (screening)
Spark, Crosstalk, Two Rooms, Auckland (group exhibition)

Cont Ship #2, New Artist Show, Artspace, Auckland (group exhibition)
Plains / Michael Morley Alt. Music / Telecom International Film Festival, Gus Fisher Gallery Auckland (performance)

Cont Ship #1, 5,4,3,2,1. Auckland City Art Gallery (group exhibition)
Plains, 5,4,3,2,1. Auckland City Art Gallery (performance)
Plains, Underground, Auckland (performance)
Sonic Pixel and the Blockbuster, Telecom Auckland International Film Festival (performance w Alex Monteith & Sean Kerr)
C.W. / R.F. Liquid Architecture Festival, Auckland (performance w Richard Francis)