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CIRCUIT Artist Week 2017: The Thickness of Cinema

CIRCUIT Artist Week 2017
22 Aug 2017 to 27 Aug 2017
Tuesday 22 August - Sunday 27 August
CIRCUIT Artist Week 2017: The Thickness of Cinema
Event type: 
Art, Film, Public Program
Venue: 
Various Venues, Christchurch
Address: 
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Canterbury Workers Education Association, Wunderbar we screen Gonda, The Gym (Christchurch Free Theatre)
Region: 
Canterbury

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Screenings, Installations, Events & Workshop - various venues, Christchurch 22-27 August 2017. All events free.

Just 1 month before the upcoming New Zealand election this year’s CIRCUIT Artist Week presents a suite of public programmes examining the democratic process, radical reinvention of the self and questions of representation onscreen. Programmed in association with our annual Symposium, the 2017 Artist Week maps a range of spaces across Christchurch, drawing out the cities history of artistic and political consciousness.

At the Canterbury Workers Education Association we present a series of events concerning electoral process by Peter Wareing (NZ) and Kevin Jerome Everson (USA). In the ethereal glam-sci-fi of Lyttelton’s Wunderbar we screen Gonda, a film by Austrian artist Ursula Mayer which reinterprets Ayn Rand’s 1937 drama Ideal through the lens of transgender politics and cinematic radicalism. In the Christchurch Free Theatre Montreal artist Alexandre Larose presents the South Island premiere of his spectacular and ethereal installation shot in St Bathans, which, for one night only, is also given a live soundtrack by Christchurch violinist Motte.

A highlight of the week is the premiere of the annual CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions, this year featuring new work by Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, Joyce Campbell. Thick Cinema presents five works exploring cinema’s sensorial capabilities and notions of embodiment and experience. This screening is essential viewing for anyone also attending the Symposium at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu on Sat 26 August.

To conclude the week we present an art writing workshop with Megan Dunn, which aims to develop writers to respond to the Symposium / Artist Week via an upcoming publication.

The Thickness of Cinema is presented by CIRCUIT with support from Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Creative New Zealand, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Foundation, The Physics Room, Canada Council for the Arts, The Free Theatre and Canterbury Workers Education Association.

See our online mini-website for all info, or read below for a condensed list of events, day by day.

INSTALLATION: from Tuesday 22
Who spends the time? Some practical questions concerning the democratic process and personal responsibility (Parts A, C and B)
an installation by Peter Wareing (NZ/UK)
12.15pm-5pm Wed-Fri  until 25 August
Canterbury Workers Education Association (WEA)

INSTALLATION - from Tuesday 22

St Bathans repetitions 1/2/16 - 21/3/16 (portraits de Jacques à St Bathans, avec interlude de paysages, sur écran translucide)
an installation by Alexandre Larose (CAN)
11am-4pm Tues-Fri until 25 August / 10-1pm Sat 26 August
The Gym, Christchurch Free Theatre

LIVE SOUNDTRACK - Wednesday 23 August

Motte plays St Bathans repetitions 1/2/16 - 21/3/16 (portraits de Jacques à St Bathans, avec interlude de paysages, sur écran translucide)
an installation by Alexandre Larose (CAN) with live soundtrack by Motte

5.30pm, Christchurch Free Theatre

SCREENING - Wednesday 23 August

Tonsler Park
a film by Kevin Jerome Everson

7pm-8.30pm, Canterbury Workers Education Association (WEA)
59 Gloucester St

SCREENING - Thursday 24 August
Gonda
a film by Ursula Mayer

7pm, Wunderbar
19 London St, Lyttelton

Note: A free bus will depart for the Wunderbar at 6.30pm from outside the CWEA. Contact director@circuit.org.nz to reserve your place. Bus returns 9pm.

ARTIST TALK - Friday 25 August
How can parallel filmic spaces exist simultaneously? Artist Peter Wareing in conversation with Jamie Hanton
12.30pm-1.15pm
Canterbury Workers Education Association (WEA)

SCREENING - Friday 25 August

Thick Cinema - works by Fiona Amundsen, John Di Stefano, Sam Hamilton, Kim Pieters, Joyce Campbell. Curated by Mercedes Vicente
6.30pm-7.30pm (plus Q&A)
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

SYMPOSIUM – SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
The Thickness of Cinema
Christchurch Art Gallery
Info / Register here - https://the-thickness-of-cinema.lilregie.com/

WORKSHOP – Sunday 27 August
Art writing with Megan Dunn
10am-4pm
Sunday 27 August
Venue TBC

Written by

CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand

8 Aug 2017

Interests CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand is an arts agency that supports New Zealand artists working in the moving image through distribution of works, professional practice initiatives, commissioning and critical review.