Thick Cinema

What is the role of the body and sensorial experience in cinematic intelligibility and meaning? Curated by Mercedes Vicente and commissioned by CIRCUIT, Thick Cinema is a screening of five new works by Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters and Joyce Campbell. Shot in New Zealand, Japan, USA and Italy, Thick Cinema engages with the legacy of fascism, the sexual union of eels, public gardens, the sunset and memory.

The CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions are an annual programme produced by CIRCUIT with the support of Creative New Zealand. Each year an internationally-based curator is invited to devise a theme and select 5-6 New Zealand artists to respond. CIRCUIT's 2017 curator-at-large was Dr. Mercedes Vicente.

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John Di Stefano, Murmurations (Rome) (2017) Digital Video, Sound 10.51 minutes
Joyce Campbell, Company Stream (2017) Digital Video, Sound 10.23 minutes
Fiona Amundsen, A Body that lives (2017) Digital Video, Sound 13.54 minutes
Sam Hamilton, FOR THIRTY YEARS, NANCY WOULD SIT OUT ON THE STREET CORNER AND WATCH THE SUNSET (2017) 16mm film transferred to Digital Video, Sound 11.25 minutes
Kim Pieters, Philosophy (2017) Digital Video, Sound 8.38 minutes
(Total running time: 56 minutes, Digital Video, DCP)

Upcoming Screenings
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 3pm, 28 October 2018

Previous Screenings
Whitechapel Gallery, London, 3 May 2018
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, 12 December 2017
Coventry University (UK) 8 December 2017
Embassy Theatre, Wellington (presented in association with the Adam Art Gallery) 1 November 2017
Christchurch Art Gallery, 25 August 2017