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Newsletter May 2017

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

From 9-10 May CIRCUIT presented Sam Hamilton's Apple Pie and our recent commission series This is not film-making. Artists work for cinema at London arthouse venue CLOSE-UP. On 13 May we presented a collection of recent work by CIRCUIT artists in the Distributor section of the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany. One of our commissions, Gavin Hipkins' New World had it's international premiere in competition. Oberhausen brings together a network of curators and programmers from around the globe, and we are following up on various conversations and expressions of interest.

CIRCUIT is very excited to welcome it's inaugural curatorial intern Priscilla Howe, who has developed two installation projects for the second half of 2017; Being Space is a series of three works screening sequentially on Masons Screen, Wellington, June-August. Exploring "alternative physicalities and more fluid/abstract modes of communication" Being Space includes work by Robyn Jordaan, Sriwhana Spong and Melissa Irving. A second installation curated by Priscilla entitled PULSE/REPEAT opens November 2017 at The Audio Foundation, Auckland. Details TBA. 

Currently showing on Masons Screen, Wellington until 25 June is Mike Ting's Kind of Blue, “an exercise in collaborative formal abstraction, mark and sound making.”

Screening in New Plymouth every Saturday at Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre until 24 June is the CIRCUIT-curated programme A Little Faith; seven works offering alternative belief systems in an age of institutional collapse. The screening is part of the Govett's annual Projection Series, and comes with an essay on the programme by Mark Williams.

New Works Online

Empty Orchestra (excerpt) - Gabrielle Amodeo

6 min 1 sec / Sound

Empty Orchestra is a text-based single-channel video and hand-bound book using subtitles from Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976). The video work is Watch »


Rinse - Christopher Ulutupu

4 min 30 sec / Sound

"Part of my exploration into postcards and landscapes, this triptych (Honey, Relax, Rinse) challenges the idea that my 'indigeneity' shows that I have Watch »


We Need Each Other, We Need Each Other, (You Know We Do) - Jo Bragg

6 min 19 sec / Sound

"We Need Each Other, We Need Each Other (You Know We Do) brings together six months of filmed footage and written text, produced between November 2016 Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT CAST Episode 62: Michael Nicholson

"One thing has led to another..." On the release of a career spanning book, 101-year-old artist Michael Nicholson talks to Mark Amery about art, the power of the absurd, witchcraft, mystic philosophy and "the power to live life gracefully". Read More »


Tim Wagg: False Paths, (The Engine Room, 8 March — 17 March, 2017)

Described at the time by Annette King as ‘a hatchet job on the welfare state’, Judy Rymer’s 1997 documentary Time Bomb (1), is the subject of Tim Wagg’s False Paths. Broadcast twenty years ago, Rymer’s documentary sought to evaluate the ongoing repercussions of Aotearoa’s welfare provisions from a Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 61: Mairi Gunn

How do we fill in the blanks of our own histories? Speaking to host Mark Amery at the Pah Homestead, artist Mairi Gunn discusses the backstory of her recent installation Common Ground, which examines common experiences of dispossession and belonging amongst New Zealand Māori and Scottish Highlanders Read More »

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