Mark Williams is the founding director of CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa NZ
Established in 2012 CIRCUIT supports New Zealand artists working in moving image through distribution of works, professional practice initiatives, commissioning of works and critical review. As an independent Mark Williams has curated and presented a number of international touring programmes including The Artists' Cinema (Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 2012); Peoples Television (co-curated with Laura Preston, Paris Les Rencontres, Pompidou Centre 2011); Object Lessons - A Musical Fiction (co-curated with Laura Preston, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington 2010): Malcolm Le Grice - The Image of Time (various venues NZ/Aust 2010).
From 1999‑2010, Williams worked at the New Zealand Film Archive in the position of Exhibitions Manager/Project Developer, programming 50 exhibitions and 100 film and video screenings, talks and performance events.
Wintec’s School of Media Arts is pleased to announce Mark Williams as a Wintec 2014 Research Fellow. Williams will visit Hamilton throughout the year; the fellowship will culminate in a curated project at Ramp Gallery in November 2014.
Spark Screening The Artists’ Cinema
The Artists’ Cinema is an annual programme of short single channel works designed “to consciously respond to, comment on, interrupt and/or reflect on the cinema context”.
Based on a curatorial premise established by London agency LUX in 2006, the project was subsequently developed in New Zealand by CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams in 2011-13. While most of these artists are fluent with mixed-media installation, multiple screens and site-specific response, this project proposed to bring a measure of their expansive practice to bear on the very fixed nature of the cinematic space. This screening will present a survey or best of from previous commissions and includes new works. Featured artists include Ronnie van Hout, Tahi Moore and Karin Hofko.