Sam Hamilton

Sam Hamilton is an artist from Auckland Aotearoa / New Zealand who is currently based in Portland, OR, USA.  

Over the past 12 years he has worked across film, sculpture, photography and sound. Hamilton describes his artistic practice as “pluralistic, modular and nomadic. A complex of elastic generalism perpetually oscillating between the outward expansion of defined lines of flight and the cyclical collapse of things back to systemic coherence.”  

Hamilton has worked with artists, dance companies, scientists, musicians and film-makers in locations around the globe from Finland to Samoa. He has performed, presented and screened his work in settings includings ancient Italian opera houses, an abandoned Greek school in central Athens, the Australian outback desert, contemporary art triennials, punky DIY bike shops in Arizona, giant outdoor sculpture parks, warehouse dance parties, city art museums, bookstores and an underground car park.  

In 2016 Hamilton completed Apple Pie, a 70-minute film shot in New Zealand and Samoa. Using ten of the main astronomical objects of our solar system to orientate and give structure to its investigation, Apple Pie sought to “figure out and re-imagine the mechanisms by which certain aspects of scientific knowledge are digested, appropriated and subsequently manifest within the general human complex.” - SH  

In addition to his fine art practice he has also made a number of music videos related to his music practice that sometimes draw on motifs relative to his film, video and image making practice, including Integrifolia - Perennial TraditionsUbuntu; Alumbra Tides

Selected Exhibitions

2019
In Gratitude, Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA, Portland, USA 
How to Live Together, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
CIRCUIT Screening, Auckland Live! Digital Stage, Auckland

2018
20/20, Locust Project, Miami, Florida, USA
Thick Cinema, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Apple Pie, The Wallace Pah Homestead, Auckland
More of Less Rubbish, Masons Screen, Wellington
Rear Window, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

2017
Standard Candles (solo), Portland Art Museum, USA
Apple Pie (solo), The Wallace Pah Homestead, Auckland
Thick Cinema, Christchurch Art Gallery, Adam Art Gallery, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

2014 
Wallace Art Awards, Pataka Museum of Arts & Cultures and Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville

2013 
Bodies / Cities, Window Gallery, Auckland
Utopia into Dystopia, The Sculpture Park, Waitakaruru Arboretum, Hamilton

2012 

Sam Hamilton - video works (solo), The Audio Foundation, Auckland

2011
The Sex Choir, Brick Bay Sculpture Park, Hamilton
(sound piece for Hector Zamora work), Auckland Arts Festival

2010 
Post Office, ARTSPACE, Auckland

2009
Our Grandfather is the Jaguar (solo), New Zealand Film Archive, Auckland
Seeds of the Wild, Puffin Room Gallery, New York (USA)

Awards/Grants/Commissions
Creative New Zealand (various production grants (2013-2007)
Arts Foundation New Generation Artist Award (2011)
Best EXiS Award (best of the fest) – ExiS festival Seoul, Korea (2009)
3rd Prize for Film Category for Blue Tide/Black Water, Flex Fest, Florida (2009)
SOUNZ Community Commission (2008)
Starving Artist Award (2007)

Residencies
Oikia Karapanou Studios, Aegina Island, Greece (2012)
Extrapool, Netherlands (2011)
Mamori Sound Project, Brazil (2007)  

Selected Curatorial Projects
The New Zealand International Film Festival’s FPS programme of experimental live cinema (2005–2009)
Cinema Ascension Festival (2006)
Alleluya Noise Festival (2005–2006)