Projects

Our Projects page lists installations/works produced by CIRCUIT  for gallery and/or screening contexts. 'Current' indicates programmes from the previous 12 months. The 'Past' section includes CIRCUIT projects which are no longer in active distribution but may be available on request.

CIRCUIT is available for commissioning of new installation and/or screening programmes. For enquiries about CIRCUIT programming or distribution of individual works, write to Mark Williams, director(at)circuit.org.nz.

Installation

Masons Screen

February 2, 2016 to February 1, 2022
Masons Screen is a 24 hour public screen for artists' video. Supported by Wellington City Council and programm...
Sovereign Pacific/Pacific Sovereigns cover page of e-book
E-Book

CIRCUIT E-Book: Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns

April 15, 2021
Download Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns  [PDF]  This 88-page CIRCUIT e-reader Sovereign Pacific / Paci...
Exhibition

CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions: Sovereign Pacific / Pacif...

March 31, 2021
Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns includes five new works for cinema by Rangituhia Hollis, Ana Iti, Alex...
Installation

CIRCUIT Matariki Commission 2021: Kauri Wharewera

July 6, 2021 to August 2, 2021
This Matariki CIRCUIT is pleased to present Te kahui o Matariki (2021) by Kauri Wharewera (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti...
A dark orange shadow of a clothes line appears in contrast against a grainy yellow sky. The clothes line is holding a supermarket shopping basket. In the background there are trees. It feels as if this image was taken in someones backyard.
Screening

Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul

August 7, 2021
CIRCUIT is excited to present a screening of six video works by New Zealand artists created in response to the...
Screening

CIRCUIT at Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany 2021

May 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021
CIRCUIT is pround to be part of Oberhausen Short Film Festival 2021, showing a progamme of recent works from A...
Still: Whakapapa Algorithms (2020) Jamie Berry
Exhibition

Whakapapa / Algorithms - an exhibition by Jamie Berry

March 19, 2021 to April 10, 2021
Presented by The Audio Foundation and CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand, Whakapapa/Algorithms...
Podcast Series

Popular Glory: Contemporary Queerness and the Moving Image

July 29, 2020
Popular Glory is a new four-part podcast series hosted by Pōneke artist Robbie Handcock, in which he interview...
The Sound of Seeing  – sonic experiment in Aotearoa Artists' Film and Video 1973-2020
Screening

The Sound of Seeing – sonic experiment in Aotearoa Artists...

October 30, 2020 to November 13, 2020
The Sound of Seeing is a series of three film screenings which present an alternative history of Aotearoa expe...
Exhibition

Call for Proposals - Masons Screen Commissions 2021/22

June 21, 2021 to July 12, 2021
The deadline for this project has now passed. Thanks to all who applied. CIRCUIT and Wellington City Council a...
Symposium

AURA 2020

October 23, 2020 to October 24, 2020
AURA Festival of Moving Images 2020 was presented by CIRCUIT in association with Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua....
Interview Series

ex(CLAIM)

September 9, 2020
(ex)CLAIM is a series of four interviews with Mana Moana artists working in moving image and new media. Interv...
A photo of Israel Randell standing facing the camera. She wears sunglasses and her hair is blown by the wind. Behind her is the ocean.
Residency

Mana Moana Residency - Israel Randell

August 14, 2020
CIRCUIT and Creative New Zealand welcome Mana Moana research resident Israel Randell. Israel Randell is a mult...
People play near a river or waterfall, laying near the water or swimming. The image has been made with a photographic technique called three colour separation, in which the scene is filmed three times, and each negative given a red, blue and green primary colour. These negatives are layered on top of each other, and combined into one image, which appears to show an ‘after-image’ of different movements recorded in each shot.
Screening

Tai timu! Tai pari! The tide ebbs, the tide flows

October 23, 2020
Tai timu! Tai pari! brings together a collection of recent artists’ film and video from Aotearoa New Zealand....
Curator-at-large

CIRCUIT Curator-at-large 2020/21: David Teh

January 1, 2020
CIRCUIT is very proud to announce our 2020/21 curator-at-large, David Teh. David is the curator of of CIRCUIT'...
Screening

Experiment 120 (La nature, les machines et les objets)

October 11, 2020
EXPERIMENT 120 is a programme of experimental films for children showing in Nantes, France this Oct/Nov. CIRCU...
Installation

CIRCUIT Matariki Commission

July 1, 2020 to July 29, 2020
Kōhatu Tipua (Supernatural Stones) is a new work by Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka (Ngati Pakau, Ngapuhi)....
Commission / Installation

Masons Screen Commissions 2020/21

August 20, 2020
We are pleased to announce the recipients of three new commissions for Masons Screen; Annie Bradley, Layne Wae...
Essay Series

Adaption and adoption; absorption, refraction and duration i...

June 25, 2019 to September 25, 2019
There’s a plasticity to the arts that makes mediums entirely fluid. Surely then it’s no surprise to recognise...
Screening

CIRCUIT at Oberhausen Short FIlm Festival 2020

May 18, 2020 to May 20, 2020
CIRCUIT presents a selection of six recent works from Aotearoa at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany....
Screening

CIRCUIT at Rotterdam Film Festival 2020

January 22, 2020
CIRCUIT artists are well represented at the upcoming Rotterdam International Film Festival from 22 January to...
E-book

E-book: The Time of the Now

March 4, 2019
CIRCUIT is proud to present The Time of the Now e-book. 118 pages of interviews, presentations and discussion...
Screening

CIRCUIT at Oberhausen Short FIlm Festival 2020

May 18, 2020 to May 20, 2020
CIRCUIT presents a selection of six recent works from Aotearoa at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany....
Screening / Exhibition

Personal Space - CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions 2019

October 4, 2019
What do we call ‘Home’? What are our shared foundations and values? When you think about yours what does it lo...
Exhibition

AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images

September 28, 2019 to October 5, 2019
CIRCUIT is proud to present AURA Festival of Artists Moving Images, Wellington, New Zealand, 28 Sept-5 Oct 201...
Installation

Home Movies

September 28, 2019
On Saturday 28 September, the Wellington suburb of Newtown is transformed into a pop-up gallery, with an exhib...
Symposium

From Me To You

October 5, 2019
What is the boundary between the personal and the political in artists moving image work? Where does art begin...
Essay Series

Uiuinga - conversations with four Māori Artists

May 21, 2019
Commissioned by CIRCUIT and Toi Māori Aotearoa - Māori Arts New Zealand, this four-part conversation series pr...
Screening

Renewal

June 6, 2019
On 6 June CIRCUIT will renew it's partnership with the Aperture Asia Pacific Film Festival in London to presen...
Installation

Suspended Agency - an installation by Peter Wareing

April 6, 2019 to July 21, 2019
Curated by CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams and presented by the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, Suspended Agency i...
Symposium

CIRCUIT Symposium 2018: The Time of the Now

September 15, 2018
What strategies do contemporary artists employ to test media representation of reality and the means throug...
A montage of stills from individual works commissioned for the group programme Thick Cinema (2017). Stills are a combination of abstract images and portraits of one young person and one elderly person.
Screening

Thick Cinema

October 28, 2018
What is the role of the body and sensorial experience in cinematic intelligibility and meaning? Curated by Mer...
Screening

Mappings: Landscape, Memory, Histories

September 29, 2018
Presented in partnership with CIRCUIT, Aperture Asia & Pacific Film Festival presents Mappings: Landscape,...
E-Book

E-book: The Thickness of Cinema

December 11, 2017
CIRCUIT is very proud to announce The Thickness of Cinema E-book. 100 pages of interviews and discussions from...
Installation / Screening

Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul

August 10, 2017
Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret PaulCurated by Peter Todd68 minutes, Digital Video, Sile...
Screening

Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul

October 30, 2016
Six Artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul is a programme of short moving image works by Nova P...
Screening

I BECOME INSTRUMENT

September 15, 2018
Announcing I BECOME INSTRUMENT - the inaugural Aotearoa festival of artists sound and image - presented by CIR...
Screening

Joanna Margaret Paul: I am an open window

October 18, 2015
Taking the form of a conversation between past and present, Joanna Margaret Paul: I am an open window presents...
Installation

WUNDERSCHEIN - an installation by Guillaume Cailleau

May 10, 2019 to May 25, 2019
When and how does a piece of paper or an artwork acquire an exchange value? How is its value determined and pu...
Screening

Truth or Consequences

August 21, 2018
How can artists respond to a ‘post-truth era’ of humanitarian and ecological crisis? Truth or Consequences is...
Curator-at-large

CIRCUIT Curator-at-large 2019: Serena Bentley

April 3, 2019 to December 31, 2019
Serena Bentley is CIRCUIT's 2019 curator-at-large. She will curate our annual programme of Artist Cinema Commi...
Symposium

The Thickness of Cinema

August 22, 2018 to August 27, 2018
What might be the role of the body and the sensorial experience in the emergence of cinematic intelligibility...
A poster for the exhibition PULSE/REPEAT. The exhibition title is repeated and staggered to create a graphic image. The artists names are printed in the centre over large block capital text which reads WITH. Lilac and red text on grey background.
Exhibition

PULSE/REPEAT

November 30, 2017 to December 20, 2017
“I have constantly stressed the pulsative function as it were of the subconscious”- Jacques Lacan The Pulse is...
Exhibition

Party Political Broadcast

September 19, 2017 to September 23, 2017
 “The following is a party political broadcast on behalf of…” Presented by CIRCUIT and The Physics Room, Party...
Installation

Being Space

June 22, 2017 to September 14, 2017
An installation curated by CIRCUIT Curatorial Intern Priscilla Howe. Featuring work by Robyn Jordaan, Melissa...
Two images placed side by side, showing, at left, an interviewee, and, at right, an interviewer. The interviewee appears to be listening while the interviewer poses a question of makes a point. The interviewers camera points towards the interviewee.
Installation

Who spends the time? Some practical questions concerning the...

August 22, 2017 to August 25, 2017
"If I was a Tory how would you win me over?”
 In this speculative urban documentary Peter Wareing juxtaposes f...
Installation

worth your while

October 11, 2018 to November 7, 2018
Worth your while is an installation of two works by Elisabeth Pointon and Dilohana Lekamge which make room to...
Screening

Apple Pie

May 9, 2017
UK premiere of Sam Hamilton's Apple Pie screening at CLOSE-UP, London. “If you wish to make apple pie from scr...
Installation

Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land

September 12, 2018 to September 15, 2018
Arwa Alneami is a key figure in Saudi Arabian art, exhibiting in and increasingly beyond the Kingdom. Her very...
Priscilla Howe, CIRCUIT's 2017 Curatorial Intern, stands in The Audio Foundation gallery looking at an installation of artworks. The works include two videos on separate monitors and a slab of concrete. This is the installation of the exhibition PULSE/REPEAT, a grooup show curated by Priscilla Howe at The Audio Foundation, Auckland (2017).
Curatorial Internship

CIRCUIT Curatorial Intern 2017

May 23, 2017 to December 20, 2017
Priscilla Howe recently completed her Bachelor of Visual Communication Design(Hons) at Massey University where...
Installation

Leisure Week 2017

April 1, 2017 to April 7, 2017
Featuring works by Clinton Watkins, Christina Read and Layne Waerea Leisure Week infuses the NZ sublime with l...
Symposium

CIRCUIT Symposium 2016: Phantom Topologies

September 10, 2016
How do we situate ourselves in and navigate the globalized world of 2016? What constitutes proximity and dista...
Three military model figures are standing in the stony bottom of a fish tank. A landscape is suggested by a picture of a mountain in the background, and green oxygen weed in the mid-ground.
Installation

To & Fro

February 8, 2016 to July 17, 2016
From real estate opportunities on Mars to someone dancing their way across a bridge in south Auckland, these w...
Installation

I want to be where I am

September 8, 2016 to September 17, 2016
I want to be where I am is an exhibition featuring recent work by Martha Atienza (Philippines), Tanya Te Mirin...
A small video monitor sits on the floor in the corner of what appears to be a stairwell. The monitor screen is in the early television ratio of 4:3, as opposed to the contemporary landscape format of 16:9. The monitor is an installation of Julian Dashper's video work Studio Songs (1998), installed at Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska (2006).
Installation

Julian Dashper: Video Works

September 9, 2016
This one-day exhibition celebrates the video work of New Zealand conceptual artist Julian Dashper (1960–2009)....
Symposium

Looking Back into the Future

August 29, 2013 to August 31, 2013
Reflecting on current local and international perspectives, how can institutions better support new models of...
An interior image of an old mud brick hut in St Bathans in Otago. At left is a door.  The centre of the image appears to show the partial image of a human figure hanging in space. At bottom right is a white sink. The still is from a film shot on black and white 16mm film. The film has been rewound and re-exposed multiple times. Each shot is from the same vantage point. The result is a thick layering of interior architectural lines and traces of movement in the room.
Installation

St Bathans repetitions 1/2/16 - 21/3/16 (portraits de Jacque...

August 22, 2017 to August 26, 2017
The former gold mining town of St Bathans lies deep in the heart of the Maniototo in New Zealand's Otago regio...
A blurry image which shows a person with short dark hair leaning over a bridge or ledge. The person has their arms extended and looks as if they have thrown the camera over the ledge. Likewise it appears the camera has taken their photo. The colours are dark with high contrast.
Residency

CIRCUIT 2016 International Artist in Residence

February 16, 2016 to October 1, 2016
CIRCUIT is proud to announce it's inaugural 2016 international artist in residence Alexandre Larose (CAN). Fol...
Symposium

A Genealogy of Moving Image Practice

August 9, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Given the interdisciplinary strands of influence that inform contemporary moving image practice, what lineages...
Screening

Merv Espina presents: Turumba & the Green Papaya Kitchen

September 7, 2016
For one night only, a screening of seminal 1981 Filipino film Turumba, by Kidlat Tahimik, introduced by vis...
Installation

temple sea feng shui

September 8, 2016 to September 9, 2016
Shot in the seaside town of Sai Kung (Hong Kong) temple sea feng shui (2016) is an installation by Josette Chi...
Screening

This is not film-making. Artists work for cinema

May 10, 2017
How does art history and practice translate across geography and time? This is not film-making. Artists work f...
Australian film artist Dirk de Bruyn operates a 16mm film projector in a live performance setting. The projector beams an abstract image onto a wall opposite the projector. We see the projected image in the centre of the picture, between the projector and the operator. The screening is taking place in the dark, the only light is from the projector lamp and projected image.
Professional Development

CIRCUIT Critical Forum

February 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017
The CIRCUIT Critical Forum is a monthly discussion group for artists who work with the moving image to talk ab...
Installation

News of the Uruguay Round

May 25, 2016 to May 29, 2016
Presented by CIRCUIT at the Auckland Art Fair, Mike Heynes’ multi-channel video installation News of the Urugu...
A person with straight, shoulder length brown hair is gestating with their hands. They are wearing a red top and casual grey jacket. Behind them is some blurred art work as if this photo has been taken in a studio or gallery. They look beyond the camera as if they are speaking to somebody standing next to it. They appear to be in mid-converstaion explaining something.
Residency

CIRCUIT 2016 Curator-at-large

March 11, 2016 to October 1, 2016
George Clark is an artist, curator and writer based between London and Hong Kong. He is CIRCUIT's 2016 Curator...
On a patch of grass two sheep look over their shoulder at the camera. In the background we see rocky terrain, and overhead, blue sky.
Exhibition

Coastline Paradox

October 21, 2016 to November 12, 2016
Coastline Paradox is a multimedia installation by Hong Kong/UK artist
 Josette Chiang at Toi Pōneke Arts Centr...
Installation

brouillard - Sackville Marshwalk

August 11, 2015 to August 29, 2015
An installation by Alexandre Larose, presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand and The A...
Workshop

Workshop: Developing 8mm/16mm film by hand

August 9, 2015
NOTE: This workshop is now full and registrations have closed.  Montreal-based film artist Alexandre Larose le...
Poster for the 2013 CIRCUIT symposium Looking back into the future. Poster designed by Ella Sutherland, featuring an image by Nova Paul from This is not dying (2010). The poster also includes text describing the Symposium event details.
Symposium

Looking Back into the Future – a symposium on artist moving...

August 29, 2013 to August 31, 2013
With over 40 years of artist moving image production in New Zealand, what is the current state of local practi...
Installation

The Brain

August 14, 2015 to November 15, 2015
Curated by artist Christina Read and commissioned by CIRCUIT, The Brain is an idiosyncratic spatial and concep...
An empty silver wine bladder contracts into a star-like shape as if the air has been sucked out of it. The background is black, which makes the wine bladder appear to float in space.
Screening

OgoGago (comes and goes)

October 10, 2015
Curated by artist Seung Yul Oh, OgoGago (English translation; 'comes and goes') features up to 10 short works...
Screening

Material Damage: Expanded Cinema by Dirk de Bruyn with Duckl...

August 14, 2015
CIRCUIT presents a live expanded cinema performance by Melbourne experimental film-maker Dirk de Bruyn, with s...
Screening

Six videos for TEZA

November 26, 2013 to December 1, 2013
6 videos programmed in response to 6 daily provocations by the festival TEZA (Transitional Economic Zone of Ao...
Screening

The First Universe

August 30, 2013 to August 30, 2015
“A house constitutes a body of images that gives mankind proofs or illusions of stability.” —Gaston Bachelard...
Screening

The Past Sure Is Tense

August 10, 2015
The rapid turnover of broadcast and digital media tells us that the lifespan of the contemporary moment is inc...
Eight vertical fields of paint sit next to each other. Each vertical field is the same size, but differently coloured. Some are incomplete. Placed alongside each other, the columns of paint resemble SMPTE colour bars, a standard measure for setting a television monitor to reproduce correct chrominance and luminance information.
Screening

Goodnight Kiwi or; Tonights broadcast has now ended, regular...

December 20, 2014 to January 5, 2015
Before the advent of 24-hour broadcasting in 1994 the evening closedown of New Zealand state television was si...
A mossy rock sits within a body of water which is either an ocean or lake.
Screening

Place Unmaking

July 21, 2015
Contemporary New Zealand film and video artists are often called on to engage in ‘place-making’ in public art...
A person with curly black hair holds a red hibiscus flower in their mouth. Their gaze is directed at the camera.
Installation

Everyday Things

October 16, 2015 to February 1, 2016
A short programme of video works present interventions into everyday activities and materials. Featuring work...
A room lined from floor to ceiling with white paper. At left, a camera operator is shooting a video of the artist Mark Harvey running towards a wall. Mark Harvey is wearing the tattered remains of a costume made entirely of newspaper. The video operator points their camera towards Harvey's feet, which are still covered in newspaper.
Installation

Jim Allen's News

March 1, 2016
Jim Allen’s News is a collaboration between Jim Allen and Mark Harvey, curated by Mark Williams with the artis...
A promotional poster for a Symposium featuring text and stills from an artists video. The stills include an image from a 1950s Hollywood movie showing a woman in a car, and a montage of images including foliage and flat digital screens.
Symposium

Locating the Practice: Exhibiting Artists’ Moving Image

August 15, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Where is artists’ moving image practice best sited? How can we define and exhibit this diverse and ever-evolvi...