Phantom Topologies


 2016 Symposium

Exhibition: ‘I want to be where I am’

My work ‘Whenua (l^ndscape reclamation) | makutu #1 Mt Taranaki’ will be showing at the Engine Room Gallery Tue 8th September with Martha Atienza.



Link to full details of the artist week here: Circuit 2016 Symposium | Phantom Topologies

Symposium: Phantom Topologies

10 September City Gallery Wellington

CIRCUIT is proud to announce Phantom Topologies, a symposium presented by CIRCUIT in association with City Gallery Wellington on Saturday 10 September, Wellington. With support from Creative New Zealand, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Wellington City Council WARE residency, The Young and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Foundation.

How do we situate ourselves in and navigate the globalized world of 2016? What constitutes proximity and distance for artists in the Asia-Pacific region? Where, how and why do artists seek to locate their work in the world now? What psycho-geographical understandings of ‘here’ and ‘elsewhere’ have historically shaped moving image production in the Asia-Pacific context? How has the experience of exhibiting work elsewhere affected subsequent approaches to production and distribution? Can we ‘carry’ places with us and how do their traces survive translocation? Is this ‘memory’ of place a resource to be tapped by moving-image makers in the present?

Phantom Topologies is the fourth annual CIRCUIT Symposium and brings together speakers from New Zealand, the Philippines, the UK, Hong Kong and Canada. $40 waged / $20 unwaged. Register online:

Presenters & Participants:
Jake & Martha Atienza – Artists (Philippines/Netherlands)
Tanya Te Miringa Te Rorarangi Ruka – Artist, Ngā Puhi, Ngati Pakau, Waitaha (Wellington)
Shannon Te Ao – Artist, Lecturer, Whiti Rehua School of Art, Massey University (Wellington)
Merv Espina – Artist, Independent Curator (Philippines)
Christina Barton – Director, Adam Art Gallery (Wellington)
George Clark – Artist, Independent Curator (UK)
Josette Chiang – Artist (UK/Hong Kong)
Dr. Martin Patrick – Lecturer, Whiti Rehua School of Art, Massey University (Wellington)
Dieneke Jansen – Artist, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (Auckland)
Alexandre Larose – Artist (Canada)
Bridget Reweti – Artist, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi (Wellington)
Gavin Hipkins – Artist, Associate Professor, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (Auckland)
Robert Leonard – Senior Curator, City Gallery Wellington (Wellington)
Mark Amery – Writer, Curator (Wellington)
Paul Janman – Artist, Film-maker (Auckland)
Nina Tonga – Curator, Pacific Cultures, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington)
John Vea – Artist (Auckland)



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