Given the interdisciplinary strands of influence that inform contemporary moving image practice, what lineages and histories can we call upon to ground and contextualise moving image work in 2015, be it cinema, performance, video, installation and other avant-gardes? Which historical technologies resonate in contemporary practice and why? Why do certain historical projects get reclaimed and on what basis? Why do others get lost? What other kinds of disciplines ground contemporary moving image practice? Are we constantly rediscovering lost histories to explain and inform the circumstances we’re working with today?

A genealogy of moving image practice was the third annual CIRCUIT symposium, and was presented in association with Elam School of Fine Arts, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries with support from Creative New Zealand, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Foundation, RAMP Gallery and The Audio Foundation.

The 2015 symposium and festival included four exhibitions, a workshop, a screening, a performance, and a full-day symposium held at Elam School of Fine Arts. The Symposium included guests from New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

International guests

  • Kathy Geritz, co-editor of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-2000

  • Alexander Larose, artist and filmmaker based in Montréal CanadaDr. Dirk De Bruyn, artist/Senior Lecturer at Deakin University, Melbourne

Local presenters

  • Christina Barton

  • Dr. Mark Harvey

  • Emma Bugden

  • Shannon Te Ao

  • Joyce Campbell

  • Melanie Oliver

  • Lawrence McDonald

  • Gavin Hipkins

  • Gabriel White

  • Sonya Lacey

  • Andrew Clifford

  • Sean Kerr

  • Nova Paul

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