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Newsletter October 2017

In this issue
  1. Thick Cinema: Wellington Screening
  2. New Works
  3. Latest Commentary
Thick Cinema: Wellington Screening

CIRCUIT and the Adam Art Gallery are proud to present the Wellington launch of Thick Cinema, a one-night-only presentation of five new works for cinema produced by contemporary New Zealand artists Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, and Joyce Campbell.

Curated by Mercedes Vicente, each artist in Thick Cinema was asked to make a work of up to ten minutes that considers the role of the body and the senses in producing meaning in the experience of cinema. Shot in New Zealand, Japan, USA and Italy, the five resulting works engage variously with the legacy of fascism, the sexual union of eels, public gardens, the sunset, and memory.

The CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions are an annual programme produced by CIRCUIT with the support of Creative New Zealand. Each year an internationally-based curator is invited to devise a theme and select five to six New Zealand artists to respond. This year’s curator-at-large is London-based Mercedes Vicente.

This screening of Thick Cinema is presented by CIRCUIT in association with the Adam Art Gallery.

$10 adults, $8 students/ Adam Art Gallery Friends and Supporters
Pre-booking recommended as seating is limited. To book email 
Door sales as available.

New Works
Let's Go!

"Let's Go!" - Mark Harvey

33 sec / Sound

“…So long as the PR is good, it doesn't matter about policies” - Artist Statement Watch »


The Only Way Is Up - Li-Ming Hu

32 sec / Sound

Whose laundry is cleanest? Who scrubs the hardest? Who has the better stain removal services? Watch »


Just go with me on this one - Callum Devlin

30 sec / Sound

“I’ve been watching a lot of the televised debates recently, and am fascinated by the way that politicians talk to each another. There is so much else Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
Latest Commentary

Curators Essay: Party Political Broadcast

How easy to believe in the common good when that belief is rewarded with status, wealth, and power! - Zac Hobson in The Quiet Earth (1985) Read More »


Nova Paul's Surplus Reality: Self-Healing, art and hegemonic discourses. The Physics Room. 6th May -11th June 2017

Imagine, we are stopped in our tracks by a stunning work of Art, so powerful or perhaps sublime it remains imprinted in our brain forever. The image like a meme tune comes back to us unexpectedly in our thoughts from time to time for no conscious reason. Perplexingly, we don’t necessarily recall the Read More »


Learning from Athens

It’s a mistake to think of documenta 14’s bifurcation as complimentary exhibition strategies. Such logic would pair off Athens as the exhibition’s precursor, its amuse bouche, introducing a series of problems (or taste accentuations to continue the metaphor) that would be latter reiterated, Read More »

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