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Newsletter November 2018

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

The first of our three 2018/19 commissions for Masons Screen in Wellington is Martin Rumsby’s SOJOURNS (2018), described by the artist as "a mixed-up bricolage of dreams and remembrances, exaggerations and repressions of living in Wellington 1984/85”. SOJOURNS runs until 5 December.

For all those who couldn't make our recent Symposium The Time of the Now, we are currently hard at work collating, transcribing and editing selected papers and discussions for an e-book. The resulting publication will be available as a free pdf download from the CIRCUIT website.

On the CIRCUIT home page from 3 December we will be streaming our 2015-17 Artist Cinema Commissions. Each programme will be shown for one week in it's full 45-50 minute entirety. Alongside will be essays and conversations with our guest international curators Mercedes Vicente, George Clark and Solomon Nagler. The Commission series features plenty of works not yet seen online by Nova Paul, Shannon Te Ao, Gavin Hipkins and many others.

New Works Online

Water Feature - Kate Woods

2 min 27 sec / Sound

Water Feature shows four New Zealand landscapes into which the artist has digitally "installed" Nam June Paik’s famous work TV Garden (1974). Watch »


Les voitures sont plus lentes en Amérique - Samuel Ostermann

8 min 33 sec / Sound

“Waking, the protagonist finds two objects, one inside and the other outside their dwelling. Intending to lead the viewer into a dream narrative of a Watch »


Lighting an old flame - Sandy Gibbs

2 min 35 sec / Sound

"The 1968 Mexico Olympics was the first time that the Olympic flame was lit by a woman. Beautifully captured in Alberto Isaac’s documentary,[1] the Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

Christopher Ulutupu, The Romantic Picturesque: The Postcard Trilogy, 1-25 November, The Physics Room, Christchurch

Christopher Ulutupu’s Lelia (2018) is the final part of his film work The Romantic Picturesque: The Postcard Trilogy, a trilogy comprised of Into the arms of my coloniser (2016), Do you still need me? (2017) and Lelia (2018). This past November, as part of an exhibition presented by the Physics Room Read More »


Fiona Amundsen, A Body that Lives, 28 September - 26 October 2018, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland

Foliage, soil, silence. It Was a Cave Like This (2017-18) opens to the lens drawing a gentle, verdant line, bringing the viewer into the cool sensations of an undergrowth. A voice; “You helped do this.” “...You helped light this flame.” Read More »


Walking the Shore - From the Shore, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 1 Sept - 4 Nov 2018. Curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith

I come ashore at Te Uru after a drive from the central city, where I am greeted by Lisa Reihana’s troubling Silent Karanga (2008) in the new gallery window, and drawn in-land by the building’s curved entrance. I am a Pākehā visitor to a show that is defined by Barry Barclay’s ‘camera on the shore’. Read More »

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