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Newsletter May 2020

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

Now on CIRCUIT TV until 19 May; M D Brown - 3 short films is a trilogy of experimental dramas shot in Wellington 2000-04. Aspects of NZ's white suburban underbelly are filtered through stream-of-consciousness monologues inspired by European writers including Samuel Beckett.

CIRCUIT and RAMP Gallery, Hamilton are pleased to announce the online exhibition of Personal Space, CIRCUIT’s 2019 Artist Cinema Commissions. Featuring works by Tanu Gago, Atong Atem, Campbell Patterson, Natasha Matila-Smith, Janet Lilo. Until 22 May.

CIRCUIT has once again been invited to screen a selection of work from Aotearoa at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany. This years edition is online, and features work by Zack Steiner-Fox, Ruth Watson, Seung Yul Oh, Clinton Watkins, popular productions, Oscar Enberg, Janet Lilo. CIRCUIT's programme will show from 18-20 May. Full info to follow.

A new podcast with Darcell Apelu asks 'how can artists best use 'time out''? In another podcast, three artists - (Ary Jansen, Lisa Reihana, Judy Darragh) begin an urgent conversation on the future of the arts after Covid 19, and Judy discusses a new advocacy group, artsmakersaotearoa, which seeks to give artists more voice and visibility is the new arts ecology.

Finally this month, as so much moving image goes online, Moya Lawson's review of the physical edition of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney is a timely reminder of the moving image as a dynamic, sculptural and site-responsive practice.

New Works Online

Falling Out - M D Brown

15 min 3 sec / Sound

A journey through memories of lowlife New Zealand. Remembering an old mate, a roguish individual ponders times together, friendship, growing-up and Watch »


To Secure My Place I Must Leave - Darcell Apelu

5 min 10 sec / Sound

"To Secure My Place I Must leave' is this idea of legacy, having to move from your homeland, more specifically for my Dads' side of the family, coming Watch »


Handgame for Artists, Politicians, Egotists and Solipsists - Bruce Barber

3 min 3 sec / Silent

"Handgame for Artists, Politicians, Egotists and Solipsists was a video undertaken as one of the video works for my undergraduate BFA degree at Elam  Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

CIRCUIT Cast 84: an interview with Darcell Apelu

Is time out the most productive time of all? Read More »


Embracing the cacophony: Sydney Biennale 2020

‘Yes I cried through my lens…I am still not done yet.’ Read More »


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 85: Never Waste A Crisis - a conversation with Judy Darragh, Ary Jansen, Lisa Reihana

In moments of change there is a window to act. How do we organise our politics around the new situation? How do we organise our institutions? What role should artists play in this? How do we move beyond short term solutions to long term ones? And if the next crisis - climate change - is going to Read More »

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