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Newsletter May 2015

In this issue
  1. CIRCUIT Symposium: Call for Presentations
  2. New Works Onsite
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Latest Commentary
CIRCUIT Symposium: Call for Presentations

This years CIRCUIT symposium, entitled A genealogy of moving image practice, is presented in association with Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland and takes place on on Saturday 15 August. Keynote speaker is Kathy Geritz from the Pacific Film Archive/Berkeley Art Museum in San Francisco. See the call for presentations, papers, performances, responses here.

In the week of 10-16 August we'll be presenting a number of exhibitions and screenings in Auckland that will inform conversations at the symposium, including new commissions from Sonya Lacey, Shannon Te Ao, Miranda Parkes, Popular Productions, Nova Paul and Rachel Shearer. We'll be launching exhibitions at Te Uru Waitakere, The Audio Foundation and Elam Project Space. It's going to be a big week with more local and international guests to be announced! More info in next months newsletter. 


New Works Onsite

Radical Fusion - Bek Coogan

14 min 43 sec / Sound

In Radical Fusion Coogan inserts classic motifs of 1970s performance art into the hedonistic urban ritual of a full moon drumming circle. The work Watch »


I care about you like I care about myself / I have given up trying to control my image - Tim Wagg

4 min 48 sec / Sound

Description: Single channel HD video (4:48), 2 channel audio, iPhone 5 cameraExhibition Mode: Monitor, continuous loopMedia details: 16 x 9, HD video  Watch »


Popsicle - Erica Sklenars

19 min 18 sec / Sound

Synopsis: As an ice-block melts under her armpit, the artist maintains a stoic fortitude. Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Upcoming Events

In the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival CIRCUIT presents Place un-making, a screening of nine New Zealand artist works curated by Janine Randerson and Mark Williams. While contemporary New Zealand artists are often called on to engage in ‘place-making’ via public art projects and landscape film programmes, this collection finds the landscape tradition unraveling in a state housing sell-off, a legacy of stolen Taonga in Dusky Sound and the parched earth of the Chilean desert. Artists include: Dieneke Jansen, Janine Randerson, Alex Monteith, Shannon Te Ao, Phil Dadson, Tim Wagg, Andrew Denton, Layne Waerea and Martin Rumsby. Screenings confirmed for Auckland and Wellington, details TBC.

Prolific writer, curator and film-maker Martin Rumsby has an article in the Spring edition of the New York-based Millenium Film Journal entitled The Ocean Is Our Prairie: Contemporary Maori & Pasifika Moving Image. Buy the journal here. To celebrate the publishing of Rumsby's article in the prestigious journal a programme of work by Tanya Ruka, Leilani Kake, Jeremy Leatinu'u, Johnson Witehira and others will screen in Manhattan and Brooklyn this June. The event will also feature an actor performing a related poetic text written by Rumsby. Screening dates TBC. 

Latest Commentary

Lonnie Hutchinson's Fish Eyes

As a New Zealand-born Samoan child, I always tried to play the ‘islander card’. I wanted to prove to my grandmother that I was Samoan. I would eat the masi saina to prove that I liked island food, even though the thought of eating baked pork fat was not appealing to my 8-year old self. Read More »


Repost: CIRCUIT CAST Episode 22: An interview with Billy Apple

Our thanks and gratitude to Billy Apple for an uncompromising and generous artistic life. In this repost of our 2015 podcast, Mark Amery speaks to the pioneer pop artist and conceptualist about his survey at Auckland Art Gallery The Artist Has to Live Like Everybody Else. Billy also took time to Read More »


CIRCUIT CAST Episode 23: An interview with Lisa Reihana

“I wanted to be very ambitious at a time when it looked like the economy was collapsing”.  Read More »

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