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Newsletter December 2013

In this issue
  1. Opportunities
  2. New Works
  3. CIRCUIT 2013 round up
  4. Latest Commentary

Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand Curatorial Internship (Deadline 29 January 14) 
Opportunity for an emerging curator to create an exhibition for the Blumhardt Gallery, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt. Job description available 8 January. Part-time, Paid. 

Creative New Zealand Quick Response Grants (Deadline 31 Jan 2014) 
“A great place to start if you are new to Creative New Zealand Funding". $7,500 or less. 

Urban Research 2014, Berlin (Deadline 25 Dec, 2013)  
Satellite film programme to The Berlin International Film Festival staged in abandoned urban spaces. 

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen Germany (Deadline 14 January 2014
The 60th Oberhausen Festival (1-6 May 2014) is looking for experiments on the formal, intellectual or narrative level, regardless of genre and format. Open to productions completed after 1 January 2013.

Basement Media Fest (USA) 2014 (Deadline 18 Jan 2014) 
Contemporary artists working with lo-def, lo-tech, and lo-fi motion picture techniques.

New Works

Last Resort - Andrew de Freitas

13 min 21 sec / Sound

"Last Resort draws it's images from the remaining ethnic minority groups of Vietnam's Western Highlands. The film focuses on daily village life, Watch »


A Russian Ending - Peter Wareing

9 min 56 sec / Sound

"Hollywood makes alternative endings for films, and a movie's end that is made for a Russian audience is one where everyone dies or is left in despair Watch »


The Absent - Meighan Ellis

1 min / Silent

“Historically, the discourse of absence is carried on by the Woman: Woman is sedentary, man hunts, journeys; Woman is faithful (she waits), man is Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
CIRCUIT 2013 round up

So that was 2013, and before we switch off the generator a quick recap of CIRCUIT highlights - (deep breath)

Our symposium Looking Back into the Future brought together local and international speakers for a 3 day event to screen, watch and discuss all things moving image; capitalising on all that energy we have since founded our monthly CIRCUIT Critical Forum in conjunction with Artspace, Auckland. (A Wellington group will be formed next year). After the symposium we presented four works by recent Turner Prize finalists at screenings in Wellington and Dunedin, including Laure Provost's Wantee, subsequently announced in the past fortnight at the 2013 Turner Prize winner. 

Back on the website, we knocked out 8 editions of New Zealand's (only?!) art podcast CIRCUIT CAST and continued to review current shows the length and breadth of NZ with occasional forays into the international realm; the website swelled with video a-plenty as received dozens of submissions, new works and artists. A last look at the website stats showed over 100,000 page views since we launched in February 2012.

With all that attention a raft of opportunities to exhibit in the real world filled our inbox; we travelled to Germany to screen works by Sean Grattan and Gavin Hipkins at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, we curated a programme of 16 CIRCUIT artists works for the German TV Video Art Festival Ikono, plus programmes for the recent TEZA/Picture House event in Christchurch. Our first international curator to address the CIRCUIT collection Richard MacDonald (UK) combined works by Joanna Margaret Paul, Nova Paul and Asian artists for The First Universe, which screened at our symposium and was presented in person by Nova Paul at WNDX Festival, Canada.

What's coming up? Look out for our Summer Reading Series over Jan/Feb – 5 writers addressing an artist working with video for which have particular appreciation; Laura Preston on Andrew de Freitas, Abby Cunnane on Kim Pieters, Andrew Clifford on Julian Dashper, Tim Corballis on Peter Wareing and Megan Dunn on Yvonne Todd. 

There is not enough column space to thank everyone for all the support we received in 2013 but special thanks to all our artists, writers and contributors, our sponsor Creative New Zealand (especially Kate Montgomery), our symposium partner Elam School of Fine Arts, and special thanks to our accounts mentor Dennis Sabin.

A very happy holiday season to one and all, x CIRCUIT.

Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT CAST Episode 8: Best of 2013

In this final 2013 pod guests Abby Cunnane, Michelle Menzies, Megan Dunn, Martin Patrick and host Mark Amery gather in an Irish pub to discuss the years highlights both in moving image and elsewhere.  Read More »


A Slow Burn Zone – Lingering impressions of the final Parlour show

A Slow Burn Zone – Lingering Impressions of the Final Parlour Show, Rebecca Hobbs, Leilani and Andre Kake and Kahu Tuwhare present works by Darcell Apelu, Kah Bee Chow, Enterprise of Temporary Consensus, Janet Lilo, Ziggy Lever, Sophie McMillan, Ahilapalapa Rands, Deborah Rundle, Sriwhana Spong, Read More »


Three biennales, three moving image works

Moving image, lots of moving image, is often considered the scourge of biennales. I prefer to see the siren song of video less as an incredible drain on time-hungry, foot-weary visits, more as offering the opportunity to get sucked into and immersed within a work, a projection, a screen, halting Read More »

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