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
2017

FOR THIRTY YEARS, NANCY WOULD SIT OUT ON THE STREET CORNER AND WATCH THE SUNSET, CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commission for Thick Cinema (various venues)
Standard Candles (solo survey), Portland Art Museum, USA

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

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

2012 
Sam Hamilton - video works, The Audio Foundation, Auckland

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

2010 
Post Office, ARTSPACE, Auckland

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

2008
SONAR REALIDAD INTERIOR, High Street Project, Christchurch
SQUARE²
City Gallery Wellington, (2008/09) (video installation series)

2007
LOOKLESSNESS, New Zealand Film Archive, Wellington (with Eve Gordon)

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)  

Places/Events Performed at:
ISSUE Project Room (NYC) Extrapool Brombron series (Netherlands)
Long Beach Art Theatre (LA)
The Echo Park Film Center (LA)
Artists Television Access (SF)
The Luggage Room (SF)
Golden Plains festival (Melbourne)
Other Film Festival (Brisbane)
NOW now Festival (Sydney)
This is Not Art Festival (Newcastle)
Athens International Comics Festival (Greece)
Doc Fest (Kassel, Germany)
Mutenta (Santiago de Chile)
REDCAT (Los Angeles)
KVC (Brussels)
Lines of Flight (Dunedin)
Enjoy Gallery (Wellington)
Auckland Arts Festival
Auckland Triennial