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Newsletter October 2016

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

Thanks to all who came to Phantom Topologies, last months annual CIRCUIT Symposium/Artist Week. Held in Wellington for the first time it was a wide, expansive event that saw us welcome guests from Montreal, Manila, Yorkshire, Sydney, Sai Kung and many corners of Aotearoa New Zealand and drew audiences beyond our wildest expectations. Now that we've recovered, we look forward to seeing you in another city next year for more works, discussion and guests.

Coastline Paradox is an installation opening this week at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre. Developed over the past three months by Wellington Asia Residency Exchange artist Josette Chiang, the installation is a subtly crafted arrangement of image, sound and object responding to several thousand years of coastal uplift visibly scarred onto the beaches of Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve. Supported by CIRCUIT, Asia New Zealand Foundation and Wellington City Council.

We are delighted to announce that Kate Woods, Sarah-Jane Parton and Mike Heynes have been commissioned to make new work for Masons Screen, the 24 hour public art video monitor programmed by CIRCUIT and Wellington City Council. The first work is Sarah-Jane's The Best Trick (Everyone Smiles at Hotel Smile) screening now until 10 November.

New Works Online

Scherzando - Shannon Novak

7 min 51 sec / Sound

In Scherzando Novak uses mobile devices and software to augment the Auckland Art Galleries collection of permanent works and also the surrounding Watch »


The Rooms in the House - Marie Shannon

15 min 53 sec / Silent

"A pair of blue dumbbells; a collection of wooden Pinocchio dolls; a compost bowl on the kitchen bench and a stack of toilet paper on the windowsill. Watch »


100's & 1000's - Justine Walker

43min 19sec / Sound

100’s & 1000’s begins with a static shot of a pile of children's sweets which are then methodically sorted into colour-coded piles. The work was Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
CIRCUIT Distribution Projects

Recent curatorial projects available for hire. Contact Mark Williams <>

This is not film-making. Artist work for cinema - works by Louise Menzies, Gavin Hipkins, Nathan Gray, Juliet Carpenter and Daniel Malone responding to Julian Dashper's writing on the distance between New Zealand and the rest of the world. (Digital Video, 50 minutes, Sound)

St Bathans repetitions 1/2/16 - 21/3/16 (portraits de Jacques à St Bathans, avec interlude de paysages, sur écran translucide) - an installation by Alexandre Larose (CAN) filmed in St Bathans, Otago featuring intense image manipulation of scenic and domestic environs. (Digital Video, Translucent Screen, Sound)

News of the Uruguay Round - an installation by Mike Heynes, consisting of a series of re-constructed international film and television production company logos, constructed to balance homage with critique. (Digital Video, Sound, either multi-channel monitor or single projection)

Latest Commentary

Ira Cohen: The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda (City Gallery Wellington, 23 July – 16 October 2016)

Here are two versions of the 1960s. On the one hand, inside the art world’s metropolitan centres, it was a time of language and concept, of deskilling and documentation, the refusal of expression and genius. Everywhere else, on the other hand, it was all about the drugs, and the profundities and Read More »


CIRCUIT CAST Episode 51: Joyce Campbell

What’s the difference between a cave in Sydney and the Auckland Art Gallery? Host Mark Amery talks to Joyce Campbell about her Walters prize-nominated project Flightdream and her working relationships with site and technology. Campbell also discusses Te Taniwha, an ongoing photographic project Read More »


The Rooms in the House

A pair of blue dumbbells; a collection of wooden Pinocchio dolls; a compost bowl on the kitchen bench and a stack of toilet paper on the windowsill. Speaking over a Skype connection in early 2016, these prosaic objects are just some of the things that Marie Shannon’s son Leo recalls from his Read More »

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