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  •  Symposium: Phantom Topologies

    Symposium: Phantom Topologies

    10 September City Gallery Wellington

    CIRCUIT is proud to announce Phantom Topologies, a symposium presented by CIRCUIT in association with City Gallery Wellington on Saturday 10 September, Wellington. With support from Creative New Zealand, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Wellington City Council WARE residency, The Young and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Foundation.

    How do we situate ourselves in and navigate the globalized world of 2016? What constitutes proximity and distance for artists in the Asia-Pacific region? Where, how and why do artists seek to locate their work in the world now? What psycho-geographical understandings of ‘here' and ‘elsewhere' have historically shaped moving image production in the Asia-Pacific context? How has the experience of exhibiting work elsewhere affected subsequent approaches to production and distribution? Can we ‘carry’ places with us and how do their traces survive translocation? Is this ‘memory’ of place a resource to be tapped by moving-image makers in the present?

    Phantom Topologies is the fourth annual CIRCUIT Symposium and brings together speakers from New Zealand, the Philippines, the UK, Hong Kong and Canada. $40 waged / $20 unwaged. Register online: https://phantom-topologies.lilregie.com/step1


    9.45am Welcome / Introduction
    Mark Williams (Director, CIRCUIT)
    Dr. Martin Patrick (Senior Lecturer, Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University)

    10am-11.00: Lens-based interaction
    What does the method of a works making and the modes of its encounter afford its participants? Three artists offer 5-10 minute overviews of a recent project made ‘in the field’ and discuss issues in making the work.

    Dieneke Jansen (Artist, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology) 
    Alexandre Larose (Artist, Canada)  
    Bridget Reweti (Artist, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi)

    11.00 – 11.15 Teabreak

    11.15-12.00pm: Counter-histories of Art and Social practice
    Merv Espina gives a presentation about Kidlat Tahimik, a pioneer of the postcolonial essay film and the grandfather of the Independent Philippine Cinema. Christina Barton discusses the 1975 documentary Te Matakite o Aotearoa - The Māori Land March, directed by Geoff Steven with contributions from Leon Narbey and Phil Dadson.

    Merv Espina (Curator/Artist, Philippines)
    George Clark (Artist, Independent Curator, UK), Chair
    Christina Barton (Director, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington)

    12.00-1.00 - Lunch

    1.00pm-1.45: Abstract Shadows: Working with History
    A screening of Gavin Hipkins’ film New Age (2015) followed by a discussion about Hipkins’ process as an artist working in response to historical material; from the writings of Julian Dashper to John Ruskin, from Victorian spiritualism to colonial diaries.

    Gavin Hipkins (Artist / Associate Professor, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland)
    Robert Leonard (Senior Curator, City Gallery Wellington)

    1.45- 2.30 Art, Community and the Moving Image
    As an artist what responsibility do you have to your community? How do you work with the community? Who is the audience? How do you talk about your work to different communities?

    Jake Atienza (Artist, Philippines)
    Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Artist, Ngā Puhi, Ngati Pakau, Waitaha)
    Shannon Te Ao (Artist, Lecturer Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University Wellington), Chair

    2.30-2.45 tea break

    2.45- 3.30 Building Better Roads
    “Why do we know so little about our Pacific neighbours? And why, given New Zealand’s leading role in contemporary Pacific art, do we not exchange within the Pacific more? Our relationship need not just be one-way developmental Aid street. When it comes to sustainability and community we have much to learn. Don’t we want to understand more, in exchange for contributing our taxes to an independent Pacific’s growth? Increasingly there are opportunities for artists for residencies in Asia. Might more residencies in the Pacific assist our understanding and sense of our place?” – Mark Amery

    Mark Amery (Writer, Curator), Chair
    John Vea (Artist)
    Paul Janman (Artist)
    Nina Tonga (Curator, Pacific Cultures, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa)

    3.30 – 4.00 Summation of day and discussion
    Martin Patrick


  • Still from Turumba (1981) a film by Kidlat Tahimik

    Still from Turumba (1981) a film by Kidlat Tahimik

    Workshop, Exhibition Opening, Screening

    7 September

    Counterattacks of Strange World Cooking!
    a Green Papaya kitchen presented by Merv Espina (Philippines)
    7 September, 3.30pm-6pm Wellington High School
    $20 limited places book via director@circuit.org.nz

    Merv Espina is program director for Green Papaya Art Projects, the oldest artist-run interdisciplinary platform in the Philippines. In this class participants will cook a range of vegetarian dishes adapted by Espina from recipes gathered during his travels around Southeast Asia. Food will be served later this evening on a first come-first served basis at the screening of Turumba. Fee includes workshop, ingredients, and entrance to the screening.

    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 (Canada)
    preview 6pm Wednesday 7 September
    open 12-6pm Wednesday-Saturday until 10 September
    The Young, 70 Abel Smith St

    Premiere of new 16mm film work by Canadian experimental filmmaker Alexandre Larose, shot in the former gold mining town of St Bathans around the Blue Lake, a small turquoise body of water formed by the artificial process of gold-sluicing in the late 19th century. Shot in early 2016, Larose suggests slippages in time and place through intense image manipulation and in-camera filming techniques.

    A film by Kidlat Tahimik (Philippines)
    West-Germany/Philippines 1981, 95 min, color
    7.30pm, Thistle Hall, Cuba St
    $10 door sales only, or entrance included with workshop

    Turumba (1981) is a brilliantly crafted satire of globalisation in a small Fillipino town. Directed by the grandfather of Independent Philippine Cinema Kidlat Tahimik Turumba observes an artisan family who receive a commission to mass produce paper-mache figurines for the 1972 Munich Olympic games, and the effects of global trade on centuries of tradition. (Note: A small selection of South East Asian food will be served before the film.)

  • Still from Whenua <l^ndscape reclamation> | makutu #1 Mt Taranaki (2015) Tanya Ruka

    Exhibition Openings

    8 September

    (An opening celebration and preview for all of Thursdays projects opens 6pm-8pm at The Engine Room, Massey University. Maps to exhibition locations will be provided at the gallery)

    I want to be where I am
    Works by Martha Atienza (Philippines) and Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Ngā Puhi, Ngati Pakau, Waitaha) and Geoff Steven (New Zealand)
    The Engine Room, Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University
    Curated by George Clark and Mark Williams
    preview 6-8pm Thursday 8 September
    open 12-4pm Monday-Saturday until 30 September

    Featuring two contemporary installations and the 1975 documentary Te Matakite O Aotearoa (1975) directed by Geoff Steven, this exhibition presents three works from New Zealand and the Philippines using the technological mobility of film and video to articulate a sense of place beyond the visible borders of land and sea; to weave connections between past and present, the individual and the community, the spirit and the physical.

    temple sea feng shui
    an installation by Josette Chiang (UK/HK)
    Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University
    preview 6-8pm Thursday 8 September
    runs 12-4pm Friday 9 September

    Shot in the seaside town of Sai Kung (Hong Kong) temple sea feng shui (2016) maps a feng shui sightline between the historic Tin Hau temple and the coastline that through land reclamation has shifted a few hundred meters east. Josette Chiang is a Chinese British artist resident in New Zealand as part of the Wellington Asia Residency Exchange Programme (WARE) supported by Wellington City Council and CIRCUIT.

    Julian Dashper: Video Works
    Curated by George Clark
    Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University
    preview 6-8pm Thursday 8 September
    runs 12-4pm Friday 9 September

    The work of conceptual artist Julian Dashper (1960 – 2009) engaged with New Zealand’s geographical position, art history and documentation. This one day exhibition of Dashper’s video works takes place across various spaces at Massey University including the former Dominion Museum, now used as a lecture theatre and artist studios.


  • Production Still: New World (2016) Gavin Hipkins

    Screening, Exhibitions

    9 September

    This is not film-making. Artists work for cinema
    works by Gavin Hipkins, Juliet Carpenter, Daniel Malone, Louise Menzies and Nathan Gray
    curated by George Clark
    6pm-7.15pm City Gallery Wellington
    Free Admission

    World premiere of This is not film-making. Artists work for cinema featuring five new works by contemporary New Zealand and Australian interdisciplinary artists made in response to the writing of the late conceptual artist Julian Dashper. Commissioned by CIRCUIT with support from Creative New Zealand.

    The following installations continue until 4pm at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University

    I want to be where I am
    works by Martha Atienza (Philippines), Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Ngā Puhi, Ngati Pakau, Waitaha) and Geoff Steven (New Zealand)

    temple sea feng shui
    an installation by Josette Chiang (UK/HK)

    Julian Dashper: Video Works
    curated by George Clark

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