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Newsletter September 2013

In this issue
  1. Activity Round-up
  2. New Works Online
  3. CIRCUIT Artist Opportunities
  4. Latest Commentary
Activity Round-up

Many thanks to all our speakers and supporters who participated in the CIRCUIT symposium Looking back into the Future in Auckland August 29-31. It was a thoroughly enjoyable three days of screenings and conversation. There are too many of you to thank in person but special thanks to Elam School of Fine Arts who presented the event is association with CIRCUIT. The next CIRCUIT symposium will be in 2014.

In the meantime, CIRCUIT is pleased to announce two exciting initiatives for artists that build on the symposium, the CIRCUIT Critical Forum and the call for proposals The Artist as Curator. See below for more details. 

In other news this month; On September 28, CIRCUIT presents The First Universe at WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Winnipeg, Canada. The First Universe was curated by Richard MacDonald and features work from Nova Paul, Joanna Margaret Paul alongside artists from Thailand and Malaysia. Also in September CIRCUIT presented Goodnight Kiwi as part of the Ikono On Air Festival, a three week 24 hour video art broadcast reaching over 30 countries in the MIddle East, Germany and South East Asia. Goodnight Kiwi featured work by 15 CIRCUIT artists.

New Works Online

This month CIRCUIT welcomes Matthew Cowan and Melissa Irving, and previews a new three screen work by Philip Dadson.


Pokaci - Matthew Cowan

3 min 59 sec / Sound

"Pokači documents the ritual performance of whipcracking, in the local Slovenian Tradition of the Pokači of Tržec. This custom is traditionally Watch »


The fate of things to come – a conversation with stones (3 screens in 1 version) - Phil Dadson

9 min 47 sec / Sound

"No ordinary stones these, and what better community to discuss the fate of things to come with! A stand-alone installation devised originally for the Watch »


Solo Suite in Space and Time (after Merce Cunningham) - Melissa Irving

8 min 37 sec / Sound

“Melissa Irving’s video work Solo Suite in Space and Time (after Merce Cunningham) […] explores the capabilities and limitations of the body. Irving Watch »

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CIRCUIT Artist Opportunities

CIRCUIT Critical Forum - Artspace, Auckland 2013/14
The CIRCUIT Critical Forum is a monthly discussion group for artists who work with the moving image to talk about ideas and practice in a mutually supportive environment and in dialogue with CIRCUIT.

The CIRCUIT critical forum takes place once a month at the Artspace office in Auckland. The critical forum groups are supported by CIRCUIT and Artspace (in terms of space, equipment, refreshments, online forum space and advice) but how the meetings are run and organised is ultimately decided by group members. Please note: The CIRCUIT Critical Forum is for artists with an active and current moving image practice who are no longer in tertiary study. Each artist is asked to commit to the group as a participant for a minimum period of six months. 

There will be a preliminary meeting on Tuesday 8th October at 6.00pm to discuss how the group works and what it might do over the coming months. To register your interest please email <>. Further information will be sent closer to the date.

The Artist as Curator: CIRCUIT seeks proposals for 2013/14 public programme series
Following the establishment of the website, CIRCUIT is seeking to commission a number of curatorial projects that take place in real time in the physical world. Projects might be realised in (but are not limited to) the gallery, cinema, improvised venue or public space.

For The Artist as Curator, CIRCUIT invites artists to make a proposition about contemporary artist moving image practice. While this project asks artists to firstly consider issues that resonate with their own work, successful applications must also demonstrate an engagement with the work of other practitioner(s).

Please send a 1-200 word proposal of your proposal to director (at) Applications are due October 20 2013. 

Submissions will be considered by members of the CIRCUIT trust. The successful applicant will be given a curators fee. CIRCUIT will work with the successful applicant to find an appropriate venue to present their project. Artist fees and associated costs are also supported.


Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT CAST Episode 5: Auckland Art Fair

In this month's edition of CIRCUIT CAST the pod deliver an extended onsite discussion from the Auckland Art Fair. Host Mark Amery is joined by Andrew Clifford (Curator, Gus Fisher Gallery) and visiting ex-patriate Serena Bentley (Curator, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne). In part 1 the pod discuss the Read More »


Hit Me with Your Best Shot - installation by Janet Lilo, responses by Louisa Afoa and Lana Lopesi

Guest bloggers Louisa Afoa and Lana Lopesi from #500 words - young criticality on art and culture respond to Janet Lilo's recent show at The Physics Room, Hit me with your best shot. Read More »


Symposium Interview #1: Dr May Adadol Ingawanij

In 2012 Dr May Adadol Ingawanij was the curator of the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. On Friday Aug 30 she will be part in the CIRCUIT symposium Looking back into the Future, as a panelist in our Professional Practice Forum (morning) and later in the day presenting a screening of recent Asian Read More »

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