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Newsletter February 2018

In this issue
  1. CIRCUIT Activity
  2. New Works Online
  3. Latest Commentary
CIRCUIT Activity

On Feb 28 The Glasgow Film Festival presents two programmes addressing the work and legacy of Joanna Margaret Paul; Through a Different Lens, our 2015 survey of her film work curated by Peter Todd, and People and Places, a one-off event combining Paul's work with that of Scottish film-maker/poet Margaret Tait. The latter event includes readings of poetry by both artists and discussion of their work with artist Kate Davis and Peter Todd. Thanks to LUX Scotland and Peter for their work on this project.

In January CIRCUIT was present at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, screening works by Ana Iti, Lissa Mitchell, Gavin Hipkins, Alexandre Larose. CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams moderated a panel discussion addressing issues surrounding the moving image in an age of boundless reproduction, with presenter Dr. Erika Balsom (Kings College, UK) and panellists Hanna Maria Anttila (AV-arkki, Finaland), Andrea Lissoni (Tate Modern / VDrome, UK) and Aura Satz (Artist, UK).

Submissions are now invited for Wellington public video site Masons Screen. Artists are invited to submit single channel works for this this highly-trafficked site between the government and business districts. Each works shows for 1 month. Works must be made within the past 18 months by a New Zealand artist, or an artist based in New Zealand. In making their proposal applicants are asked to consider the suitability of their work for public space. The Artist Fee is $200. Send an online url, synopsis, artist bio to <>.

Finally, don't forget to check out last years free online publication The Thickness of Cinema, a 100 page e-book with transcribed conversations from the 2017 CIRCUIT Symposium.


New Works Online

Eli Jenkins' Prayer - Aliyah Winter

2 min 16 sec / Sound

"The material from this work is lifted from a personal archive of musical recordings of the artist’s late grandfather, who was a prolific tenor. This Watch »


All the way to Te Rerenga Wairua - Ana Iti

4 min / Silent

A text-based video work that reflects on the intangible possibilities of what happens to the spirit after death. Is the spirit able to more easily Watch »


The Beauty of Invisible Grief - Jasmine Te Hira

11 min 56 sec / Silent

"Te Hira has cast a necklace pendant in ice, melting slowly onto her chest. Because of the placement, we can see the pace of her breath and even the Watch »

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Latest Commentary

Ana Iti - Before the displays

In her film Treasures left by our ancestors (2016), Ana Iti (Te Rarawa) kneels before a series of exhibition displays at the Canterbury Museum. One of these exhibitions, titled Iwi Tawhito - Whenua Hou, Ancient People - New Land, is dedicated to, in the Museum’s words, tangata whenua and the extinct Read More »


Looking for life in a sea of loss: on Jasmine Te Hira’s Lost Content (2013) and The Beauty of Invisible Grief (2016)

We look before we see. It looks as if it were light as air; as if sweet breath plumped it up. When we look for longer, we can see that it changes shape, leaves a mark and grows ever heavier on the arm that wears it. Read More »


A potentially eternal cycle: James Oram's Wallpaper

As I write this, Black Friday over in the United States has just ended and it is rolling into the early hours of Saturday. From a New Zealand perspective, it is a curious cultural phenomenon particular to America where consumerism and holiday tradition sift through each other running from the week Read More »

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