Masons Screen: James R Ford

Still from Infinite Monkey Syndrome (2011), a video by James R Ford

Masons Screen is a 24 hour public screen for artists' video. Supported by Wellington City Council and programmed by CIRCUIT, Masons Screen is located off the Terrace and presents a new artwork each month.

Current work

James R Ford, Infinite Monkey Syndrome (2012)
An investigation of work, labour and the theory that if a monkey was left to type for an infinite amount of time, it would type out everything ever written.
James R Ford is an artist based in Pōneke Wellington. Infinite Monkey Syndrome  runs from 14 Dec Nov 2021 - 30 Jan 2022.

Previous works

(note * indicates work was commissioned by CIRCUIT and Wellington City Council)


Jae Hoon Lee, A Leaf (2003)
Louisa Afoa, Pink Flamingo (2016)
Phil Dadson, Am I Dreaming? (2020)
David Cowlard, Béton Brut (2015)
Kauri Wharewera, Te Kahui o Matariki* (2021)
Steve Carr, Watermelon (2015)
Julia Holden, #LunaMeditates (2020)
Brit Bunkley, Downbreak on 1, Upbeat on 2 (2013)
Sarah Hudson, Harirū (2018)
Annie Bradley, The Sea in Us* (2021)
Theo Macdonald, Waterfall Confessional* (2020)


Layne Waerea, Uninvited Visitor (2020)*
Martin Awa Clarke Langdon and Rebecca Ann Hobbs. Kaitiaki: Qiane Matata-Sipu, Maungataketake (2019)
Brydee Rood, Everything Rises (2020)
Darcell Apelu, To Secure My Place I Must Leave (2019)
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Ngati Pakau, Ngapuhi) Kōhatu Tipua (Supernatural Stones) (2020)
Tom Hinton, Self-raising Sea (2019)
Arapeta Ashton & Wai Ching Chan, Pātai/Maan Taai問題 (2019)  
Emma Wallbanks, MERCURIAL (2019)
Max Fleury and Bena Jackson, One who goes quickly (2019)*
Rangituhia Hollis, Across the face of the moon (2019)*


Rachel O'Neill, Not My Autobiography? (2019)*
Jamie Berry (Te Aitanga a Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi); Pikihuia Haenga (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Ngātoi Porou); Leala Faleseuga (Samoan/Salelologa, Dutch); Breaking the Glass Ceiling (2018)
Florence Wild, Cast Movements: Leitmotif (2017)
Layne Waerea, Māori Lane: Oct 08, 2012 (2012)
Ziggy Lever, Beam Splitting (2017)
Clinton Watkins, Feedback (2010)
Judy Darragh, Tunnel of Love (2003)
Kate Walker, Cloudship (2018)
Bent, art for no-one (2014)
John Chrisstoffels, Ritornello (2018)
Miranda Bellamy, Drip, release, in complete memory (2018)*


Talia Smith, The light between two points (2018)*
Martin Rumsby, SOJOURNS (2018)*
Dilohana Lekamge, Pilot - Gilmore Girls: Season 1, Episode 1 (2018)
Elisabeth Pointon, A Guide To: Effective Implementation of Self-service (2017)
Aydriannah Tuiali'i, Kōwhai (2017)
James Oram, Wallpaper (2012)
Sam Hamilton, More of less rubbish (2017)
Sandy Gibbs, Lighting an Old Flame (2017)
Mark Harvey, Let's Go! (2017)
Claire Harris, Beseated (2016)
Christina Read, The Brain My Brain (2016)
Lara Lindsay-Parker, Sad @ the beach (2017)


Matilda Fraser, The Eight Hours Plan (2017)*
Guillaume Cailleau, Funktionslust (2017)*
Ana Iti, All the way to Te Rerenga Wairua (2017)*
Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets (2012) / Beach Study (2012)
Melissa Irving, being-(t)here (2012)
Robyn Jordaan, The Present Continuous (2016)
Mike Ting, Kind of Blue (2016)
Sam Norton, Untitled 3 (2015)
Aliyah Winter, Eli Jenkins Prayer (2015)
Hugh Chesterman, i am who i am (who am i?) (2016)
Chris Ulutupu, Ladies (2016)


Kate Woods, Water Feature (2016)*
Mike Heynes, Location!... location? (2016)*
Sarah Jane Parton, The Best Trick (Everyone Smiles at Hotel Smile) (2016)*
Bridget Reweti, Mana Tū, Mana Toa, Mana Ake Ake (2015)
Gabrielle Amodeo, Slow and mournfully; slow and sad; slow and solemnly (2013)
Caroline Johnston, Songs about PLEASE REMOVE (2014)
Heather Hayward, Les Mills Gym (2014)
Erica Sklenars, Popsicle (2011)
Jordana Bragg, How to water the roses (3) (2015)
Laura Duffy, Food fat insanity (2015)
Terry Urbahn, Don't Die Until Later (2013)
Denise Batchelor, Stranded (2015)

Submitting your work to Masons Screen

To send submissions of existing works, please contact Mark Williams, Works must be by New Zealand or New Zealand-based artists. In submitting your work please consider the nature of public space. Please send an online link with your submission, plus a synopsis and a short bio.

Site history

According to a 1913 letter to the Dominion newspaper, 'Mason's Steps' were named after Mr William Mason, who arrived in Wellington in 1842 and ran a blacksmith's shop at the back of the site. "In those days... there was nothing more than a rough track through the manuka scrub". Then, as now, the Lane was used as a short cut from Lambton Quay to the Terrace. In 2019, the Lane is more likely to be a passageway for morning commuters and lunchtime office workers seeking a quick bite before they return to work.