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Newsletter October 2017

In this issue
  1. Thick Cinema: Wellington Screening
  2. New Works Online
  3. CIRCUIT Distribution Activity
  4. Latest Commentary
Thick Cinema: Wellington Screening

CIRCUIT and the Adam Art Gallery are proud to present the Wellington premiere of Thick Cinema, a one-night-only presentation of five new works for cinema produced by Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, and Joyce Campbell. Each artist 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. Curated by Mercedes Vicente, commissioned by CIRCUIT with the support of Creative New Zealand, this screening of Thick Cinema is presented in association with the Adam Art Gallery. Check out the trailer here.

Thick Cinema, Wednesday 1 November 6-7pm, Embassy Theatre
$10 adults, $8 students/ Adam Art Gallery Friends and Supporters
To book email
Door sales as available.

New Works Online
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 »


Te Ao Ngū - Terri Te Tau

31 sec / Sound

“Te Ao Ngū translates as The Quiet Earth but not quite. Te Ao Ngū isn’t an earth that talks in quiet or hushed tones, but is silent, speechless and Watch »


Passing - Miranda Bellamy

30 sec / Sound

“Presenting as female has shifted my way of seeing. The small, unavoidable exchanges of the city have taken on new weight and meaning. Everyday Watch »

More Works on Circuit »
CIRCUIT Distribution Activity

In recent months CIRCUIT has been very busy with international distribution to festivals, galleries and artist collectives; Gavin Hipkins’ 2017 CIRCUIT Artist Cinema commission New World screens this weekend in Sweden in competition at the Uppsala Short Film Festival. Through a Different Lens: Film work by Joanna Margaret Paul screened over in August/September at artist-run initiatives Cineinfinito in Barcelona and Artist Film Workshop in Melbourne, alongside our 2016 programme Six Artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul. Sam Hamilton's survey show Standard Candles recently completed it's run at the Portland Art Museum, where it included Sam's magnum opus Apple Pie, co-produced by CIRCUIT in 2016. We were very pleased to work with the Queensland Film Festival, Brisbane to see Apple Pie receive it's Australian premiere.

Locally, CIRCUIT recently partnered with The Physics Room, Christchurch to commission Party Political Broadcast, a series of 8 short works inspired by the format of the televised party political broadcast. Featuring new work by Janet Lilo, Murray Hewitt, Li-Ming Hu, Mark Harvey, Terri Te Tau, Miranda Bellamy, Fantasing, Callum Devlin, each of the artists in Party Political Broadcast were given a time limit of 30 seconds in which “to offer their vision for (New Zealand’s) future”. This project capped a number of collaborations with the Physics Room in 2018, our thanks to Jamie Hanton and the team.

For enquires about these and other CIRCUIT-produced programmes contact Mark Williams, <director(at)>

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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