CIRCUIT Symposium 2018: The Time of the Now

What strategies do contemporary artists employ to test media representation of reality and the means through which we channel and consume it? How do artists expand the documentary form through various material processes and formal strategies? How do artists deconstruct the surfeit of images we already have and the means by which we receive them? Can 'truth' and fiction exist in the same space? What historical artworks could be part of a revised genealogy of current documentary practices in Aotearoa New Zealand? How could an ethic of care, as understood through sustained relationships with Indigenous and diverse communities be played out through documentary practices?

Presented by CIRCUIT in association with the Documentary Research Group at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), The Time of the Now was CIRCUIT sixth annual symposium that explored the challenges of addressing ‘truth’ in a post-truth world. The Symposium was preceded by an Artist Week of screenings, installations and events.


  • Fiona Amundsen (Artist / Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology)
  • Dr Erika Balsom (Senior Lecturer, Kings College, London)
  • Stephanie Beth (Film-maker, Christchurch)
  • Stephen Cleland (Curator Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Cushla Donaldson (Artist, Auckland)
  • Ioana Gordon-Smith (Curator Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland)
  • Dr David Hall (Senior Researcher, The Policy Observatory, Auckland University of Technology)
  • Becky Hemus (Writer, Auckland)
  • Dieneke Jansen (Artist/Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology)
  • Moya Lawson (Curator, City Gallery Wellington)
  • Tendai John Mutambu (Curator, London)
  • Nova Paul (Artist/Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology)
  • Dr Janine Randerson (Artist/Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology)
  • Natalie Robertson (Artist/Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology)
  • Alan Wright (Senior Lecturer - Cinema Studies, University of Canterbury)
  • James Wylie (Artist)

The Time of the Now was presented with support from the Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, Creative New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington and The Audio Foundation.