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Newsletter March 2013

In this issue
  1. Activity Round-up
  2. New Works
  3. Opportunities
  4. Upcoming Events / Now On
  5. Latest Commentary
Activity Round-up

Welcome to the inaugural CIRCUIT newsletter. Over the past 12 months we have been developing a range of exciting projects for the website and in partnership with others in New Zealand and abroad. Here's a few of the highlights for this month.

CIRCUIT CAST - Today we launch our monthly podcast of discussion and review, CIRCUIT CAST. On the first Saturday of each month host Mark Amery dissects local and (sometimes) international Artist Moving Image events with a panel of guest curators, writers and artists. You'll find it on the Blog section of This month the pod discuss two shows now open at City Gallery Wellington; Moving On Asia - Towards a New Art Network 2004-13 and Kaleidoscope, an exhibition of Len Lye 'tangible motion' sculptures and film. In part 3 we dial up Melanie Oliver at the Physics Room, Christchurch. Featuring guests Megan Dunn (writer), Michelle Menzies (curator, Adam Art Gallery) and Paul Brobbel (Assistant Len Lye curator, Govett Brewster Art Gallery).

And on that note... Moving On Asia - Towards a New Art Network 2004-13 is a sprawling three-part exhibition of Asian video art now on at City Gallery Wellington. Co-curated by Aaron Lister and CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams the show features 45 Asian artists. Drawn from a collection of 200 videos housed in Seoul, the exhibition also includes in the gallery. At the conclusion of the exhibition a dozen New Zealand works will be announced as part of the permanent Moving On Asia collection, which thus far has travelled to Spain, Germany, China and is exhibited biannually at Gallery LOOP in Seoul. 

In other news; CIRCUIT has been invited to present a screening in May at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany. Oberhausen is the annual meeting place for the worlds video art distributors, and CIRCUIT will be screening alongside such notables as Electronic Arts Intermix (NYC), Video Data Bank (Chicago), Hamaca (Madrid) and LUX (London). CIRCUIT will take this opportunity to present Sean Grattan's HADHAD and the world premiere of Gavin Hipkins' The Dam (O).

If you havn't checked them out already, we suggest you go to our Blog section and read Andrew Clifford's wide-ranging and thought-provoking review of Steve Carr's recent show at Michael Lett entitled X. And, just a little bit earlier, also check out Jamie Hanton's review of the Mercedes Vicente-curated True Stories, Scripted Realities. Is this the most widely-travelled exhibition in New Zealand in the past 12 months?  

New Works

We loved his install at Elam last year and now we're very happy to have Sorawit Songsataya working with CIRCUIT. Also recently added to the CIRCUIT stable is Wellington-based Sandy Gibbs. Many more new artists and new works by current artists are on their way. And in case you missed it last year, we'd like to make a special nod to Lydia Chai and Kirsten Dryburgh for their wonderfully eloquent series Staging Miracles


All is full of love - Sandy Gibbs

1 min 45 sec / Sound

‘Student looking for women to interview about marriage. I'm looking for women of any marital status i.e. from those who are thinking about getting Watch »


Lilies of Disorient - Lydia Chai

2 min 28 sec / Silent

From Staging Miracles II.Materials: Cork board, compass, plastic film. Installation Shot: Lillies of Disorient, City Gallery Wellington 2012.     Watch »

More Works on Circuit »

Artist Cinema submissions are now being sought for the 2013 New Zealand Film Festival. The third annual Artists Cinema programme once again asks for a “response, comment, interruption and/or reflection on the cinema context".

In 2012 this project was realised as a compilation. In 2013, selected individual works will screen as a short before a feature, which is intended to add more dynamism to the curatorial premise. Submissions should be sent to CIRCUIT, but will ultimately be programmed by Festival Director Bill Gosden with assistance from CIRCUIT staff. 

Submission deadline: April 10, 2013. 
Length: under 20 minutes.
Films must have been completed after 1 January 2012.
Submission format: downloadable url or dvd to; CIRCUIT, P.O. Box 7526, Newtown 6021, Wellington. 

Please enclose the following information: Work Title; Artist; Synopsis/Description. 

Upcoming Events / Now On

A selection of must-sees from around the country for the month ahead.

Temporary Mechanisms

Feb 27, 2013 - Mar 16, 2013
Gow Langsford Gallery

Temporary Mechanisms is Alex Monteith’s first solo exhibition with Gow Langsford Gallery. Monteith is a prolific contemporary film maker known for her technically sophisticated video installations that reflect contemporary sports, cultural and social activities. Her works are typically performance and time-based; employing media such as film, sound, and video, and are often created in extreme or... Read More »

Hanoi DOCLAB presents Jo-Ha-Kyû / Hard Rails Across A Gentle River

Mar 5, 2013
City Gallery

Free Screening: Hanoi DOCLAB presents Jo-Ha-Kyû / Hard Rails Across A Gentle River. Based in Hanoi, Vietnam, Hanoi DOCLAB is a 'laboratory for documentary film making and video art', which has nurtured some of the most innovative moving image practice to come out of South East Asia. Join us for a special screening of works by artists associated with this initiative, including Nguyen Trinh Thi, ar... Read More »

Louise Menzies 'World, Business, Lifestyle, Sport'

Feb 13, 2013 - Mar 10, 2013
The Physics Room

Louise Menzies' recent work has repeatedly activated particular formats, aesthetics and histories of film and print media. The ethnographic roots of 16mm, the historical hippie magazine Mushroom, the desktop-published pamphlets of the Citizens Advice Bureau and the mastheads of contemporary international newspapers have all been explored in ways that merge form and content, raising subtle question... Read More »

More Events & Screenings »
Latest Commentary

Steve Carr, X, Michael Lett, 31 January – 2 March 2013

The passing of time is a slippery experience, difficult to pin down and usually different in retrospect. Thinking back, there are usually milestones, key markers that help you plot a path from one fixed point to another with lesser events positioned before or after with reference to cause-effect Read More »


CIRCUIT CAST Episode 1: Moving on Asia, Len Lye: Kaleidoscope, The Physics Room after the quake

CIRCUIT CAST - Today we launch our monthly podcast of discussion and review, CIRCUIT CAST. Read More »


True Stories / Scripted Realities, Dunedin Public Art Gallery 24/11/12 - 3/3/13

I was extremely excited to learn that the Dunedin Public Art Gallery had secured the Govett Brewster's touring exhibition True Stories / Scripted Realities. Curated by Mercedes Vicente and featuring a tantalising international line-up, the promotional still from Kerry Tribe’s There Will Be _____  Read More »

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