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9 May 2017: New Zealand Artists’ Film: Apple Pie


Apple Pie
Sam Hamilton
2016 | 83 min | Colour | Digital

“If you wish to make apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl Sagan

“Shot on 16mm celluloid across parts of New Zealand and Samoa, interdisciplinary artist Sam Hamilton’s ten-part experimental magnum opus makes thought-provoking connections between life on Earth and the cosmos, and, ultimately, art and science. Structured around the ten most significant celestial bodies of the Milky Way, Apple Pie’s inquiry begins with the furthest point in our solar system, Pluto, as a lens back towards our home planet and the "mechanisms by which certain aspects of scientific knowledge are digested, appropriated and subsequently manifest within the general human complex". Christopher Francis Schiel’s dry, functional narration brings a network of ideas about our existence into focus, while Hamilton’s visual tableaux, as an extension of his multifaceted practice, veer imaginatively between psychedelic imagery and performance art. The centrepiece of the film is a striking sequence involving dancer Ioane Papali’i, whose limbs are tied by long strands of rope to a tree. His struggle, perhaps, is one of trying to deviate from the blueprints of reality, a fundamental aspect of our species’ most constructive faculties, says Hamilton.” – Tim Wong

Part one of our two-day programme devoted to New Zealand artists and filmmakers
Presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand: