Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Louise Bennett – All At Once – Exhibition



Please Join us at MAAP Space (111 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006) for All At Once. An exhibition of works from Louise Bennett’s recent artist residency at MAAP SPACE, Brisbane.

Opening Night – May 22, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Exhibition dates – 22 May to 3 July
Tuesday to Friday 10pm-4pm
Saturday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
or by appointment

Louise Bennett’s exhibition All at Once explores screen-based mediation as an unstable fluid space of rainstorms and unpredictable futures.

All at Once investigates the conditions of the present moment of experience by exploring the emotional, spiritual and technical properties of digital media. Bennett questions the shape of time, place and mood in our increasingly digitised culture and finds expression in an affective combination of elevated emotion, anxiety, beauty and the banal. Revealing the capacity of the digital moving image to migrate and shift between real experiences, online spaces, computer monitors and immersive environments All at Once, Bennett highlights the absence of a consistent and uniform boundary between embodied, remembered and mediated experiences within our contemporary digital age.

Since graduating with a Visual Arts Degree (Honors) from Queensland University of Technology in 2009, the Brisbane based artist has been active in many artist run initiatives both as an organizer and exhibitor. She was awarded The Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship from QAGoMA in 2010, presented a solo exhibition with David Pestorious Projects in 2012 and has participated in residencies both nationally and internationally. Through a combination of digital and hand-made processes Bennett investigates the intersections of online and physical environments utilising video, performance, text and installation. New work presented in this exhibition was filmed in Brisbane and developed during a recently awarded MAAP artist’s residency.


Monday, March 9, 2015



MAAP in partnership with the Guangdong Museum of Art presents its critically acclaimed exhibition LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art. The exhibition will open at the museum in Guangzhou, China 26 March 2015, shortly after the close of the Art Basel Hong Kong art fair. In this final China presentation of the exhibition, all artists will be shown simultaneously across the entire Level 2 of Guangdong Museum of Art, an area close to 2,000 square meters.

LANDSEASKY presents works by Jan Dibbets (The Netherlands), Shilpa Gupta (India), Yeondoo Jung (South Korea), Derek Kreckler (Australia), Giovanni Ozzola (Italy), Paul Bai (Australia), Lauren Brincat (Australia), Barbara Campbell (Australia), João Vasco Paiva (Portugal/Hong Kong), Kimsooja (South Korea), Craig Walsh (Australia), Sim Cheol-Woong (South Korea), Wang Gongxin (China), Wang Peng (China), Yang Zhengzhong (China),  Zhu Jia (China), and Heimo Zobernig (Austria) and Zhang Peili (China).

26 March to 6 May 2015
Guangdong Museum of Art
38 Yanyu Road, Yuexiu, Guangzhou,
Guangdong, China +86 20 8735 1468

After touring Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Brisbane, LANDSEASKY docks into the port of Guangzhou for another leg of its Asia tour at the Guangdong Museum of Art. With each movement from city to city, continent to continent, LANDSEASKY has evolved and grown into a new organism, a new configuration, at each stage of its travels. Zhang Peili, whom critics frequently dub an eminent leading video artist in China, joins the compelling line-up of artists in Guangzhou.

This exhibition continues to pick-up on the international (‘global’) dialogue from conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 70s. The Horizon series from 1971, by influential Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets, is the opening statement that launches LANDSEASKY’s conversation among the 18 artists whose works explore the relationship between video and spatial representation. LANDSEASKY uses the horizon line as a starting point to explore concepts in perception that push past popular cinematic practices, which focus on narratives and illusion, to encourage critical engagement and contemplation.

The artists have been selected for their deliberate sculptural approaches to videos, which consider distance and the ‘void’ of what is between us. Elements of the horizontal move from the simplest form—a single line across a plane or page to depict the horizon—and proliferates into more complex ideas such as geographical borders and boundaries; psychological and imagined space; and actual and representational space.



Saturday, March 7, 2015

Residency Award to Louise Bennett

'I want to be here' 2014, vinyl text on glass window with spot light.

‘I want to be here’ 2014, vinyl text on glass window with spot light.


Commencing in March 2015, MAAP SPACE will host Louise Bennett in a special artist residency program that will allow Louise to develop new work with full access to Media Bank equipment and gallery space. This project will enable Louise to process and experiment with raw media materials collected in Indonesia along with other recordings made in Brisbane. Director Kim Machan says of the residency “It is great to have Louise working here. I’ve admired her investigations and thoughtful projects for some time and look forward to watching her work unfold”. It is the intention of this residency that an exhibition will follow later in 2015.

Words about practice:

Louise Bennett is an artist whose practice negotiates the tension between day-to-day experience and its mediation. Through a combination of digital and hand-made processes she investigates the intersections of online and physical environments. Her work poses questions about how our concepts of and engagements with nature and identity are shifting in contemporary contexts dominated by screen technologies and mediated experiences. Through video, performance, text and installation she interrogates the screen as both a physical and digital space. Her seemingly non-committal personal performances in front of a web-cam and iphone call into question our engagement with online content, communication devices and the internet’s ability to inform our experiences offline. Bennett handles her own image and other captured footage as an interrogation of the screen-based medium in relationship with its subject, as opposed to an interrogation of the subject itself. Louise Bennett is invested in this approach as a means for scrutiny and critique, significantly from her position of unavoidable complicity with the mediated and relentlessly networked environment that is the internet.


Bennett has completed a bachelor of Fine Arts Visual Arts with honours from the Queensland University of Technology. She was awarded The Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship from QAG/GOMA in 2010 and was awarded an Arts Queensland Career Development Grant to participate in the Ionion Centre of Culture and Arts artists residency program in Greece, 2012. Bennett’s work was shortlisted in the 2011, 2012 and 2014 National Churchie Emerging Art Award and shortlisted for the IMA’s Jeremy Hynes Award 2011.

She has exhibited in solo shows in Brisbane with David Pestorious Projects, Boxcopy and the Ionion Centre for Culture & Art in Greece. Louise has shown in-group exhibitions at Spiro Grace Art Rooms Gallery, many Australian artist run initiative’s including feminist ARI Level in Brisbane, Paper Plane Gallery in Sydney and Screen Space in Melbourne. She is also a director of the artist run initiative Accidentally Annie Street Space.

Image caption: ‘I want to be here’ 2014, vinyl text on glass window and spot light.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thank you for a great year!

The MAAP office and gallery is open by appointment during December 2014 and January 2015. Resuming normal hours & the Media Bank service from February 2015. Please contact info[at] or +61 (0)7 3108 8559



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SIM Cheol-Woong – LANDSEASKY @ MAAP SPACE: 5 Nov – 28 Nov

From the 5th to the 28th November, MAAP presents Sim Cheol-Woong’s An / other River at MAAP SPACE as part of LANDSEASKY, MAAP’s international touring exhibition.

SIM CHEOL-WOONG (b. 1958, South Korea) works predominately in digital video and often employs special effects in his videos. In An/other River (2011) displayed in LANDSEASKY, Cheol-Woong grafts together two sides of a river. At the top of the screen, the image pans along the Han River in Seoul showing a relentless length of high-rise development on the south bank. The bottom half of the screen shows video of the river lapping onto the northern riverbank, captured at a static position. Formally, the work references traditional Korean ink painting that uses a bird’s eye perspective. However, as cued by the imagery of skyscrapers, it is modernization that Cheol Woong speaks to, and in particular, the loss of the traditional cultural landscape as another twist in Korea’s dramatic history.

Cheol-Woong was born in South Korea and lives between Los Angeles and Seoul. He studied at UCLA receiving MA in Art History in 1990 and MFA in Visual Communication in1994. Cheol-Woong works mainly in digital video and often explores special effects in his image making. Cheol-Woong has made nine solo exhibitions solo and presented works in various exhibitions such as Gwangju Biennale,2000; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2006; Busan Biennale,2006; Seoul Museum of Art, 2008; Museum of Art, Seoul National University 2009; 
SAMUSO, Artsonje Center Art Hall 2010; Museum of Art Seoul National University (MoA), Seoul and in 2011 at the Costa Rica National Museum, San Jose.For more information visit the project page by clicking here

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All images from Sim Cheol-Woong exhibition at MAAP SPACE, Brisbane.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LANDSEASKY Chapter 2 open in Brisbane: 22 Oct to 28 Nov

MAAP’s international touring exhibition LANDSEASKY has wrapped up in Korea, China and Sydney, Australia and is now open in Brisbane from 1st October in two different galleries in two iterations.

Chapter 2

Opening Event: 
Wednesday 22 October 6.00–8.00pm at Griffith University Art Gallery
226 Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane

Artist Talks: Wednesday 22 October 6.00–8.00pm at Griffith University Art Gallery
226 Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane
Join artist talks on Thursday 12 noon 23 October in the gallery with Barbara Campbell, Derek Kreckler and curator Kim Machan.

Griffith University Art Gallery from 22 October—13 November 2014
Artists Featured: Jan Dibbets, Barbara Campbell, Kimsooja, Derek Kreckler,  Joao Vasco Paiva, Wang Peng, Zhu Jia

MAAP Space Gallery from 1 October—5 November 2014
Artist Featured:Yang Zhenzhong & Giovanni Ozzola

MAAP Space Gallery from 5 November—28 November 2014
Artist Featured: Sim Cheol-Woong

For more information on Chapter 1 and the overall project, visit the project page by clicking here



Wednesday, October 8, 2014


From the 1st October to 5th November, MAAP presents Yang Zhenzhong’s work Passage and Giovanni Ozzola’s work  Garage – sometimes you can see much more at MAAP SPACE as part of LANDSEASKY, MAAP’s international touring exhibition. For more information visit the project page by clicking here

YANG ZHENZHONG (China, b. 1968) has explored spatial relationships in many of his video projects throughout his career. In an ongoing examination of the personal, political and institutional, Yang turns the camera to record actions and construct situations that deliberate from a precise point of view. ‘Using the convention of perspective, Zhenzhong’s LANDSEASKY artwork Passage speaks to the transitional space between spaces. A space that is cut away, removed from all visual references of ‘the other side’.  While portraying an exaggerated long space it is in fact a flat screen space that is before us that we must reconcile.

Zhenzhong’s work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, 2007; The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, 2007; Shanghai Biennale, Asia Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art 2006, Van Abbe Museum, 2011; Lyon Biennale 2013.; Guangzhou Triennial, 2012; His works can also be found in collection of significant public and private institutes such as MoMA New York, IKON Gallery (UK), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Musée National d’Art Moderne and the UBS Collection.

GIOVANNI OZZOLA (Italy, born 1982) works primarily in video and installation. Central to Ozzola’s practice is the exploration of three-dimensional space and its relationship to light. In Ozzola’s work for LANDSEASKY, ‘Garage – sometimes you can see much more’ 2009-2011, the senses sharpen in the dark and are then overwhelmed by the strong light of a wider space. A tribute to Edward Hopper’s “Rooms by the Sea”, the rattling, mechanical movement of the rolling door shutter clashes with the opening of the horizon onto the sea. The shutter operates as a diaphragm between two dimensions. The video sequence of a roller door rising and falling dramatically alters the viewers’ perception of the room the work is installed within.

Ozzola has exhibited internationally including The Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Sharjah Maraya Art Centre, Dubai; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing; Mori Museum, Tokyo; Elgiz Museum Istanbul Turkey; Fondazione Stelline, Milan Italy.

Following Zhenzhong & Ozzola’s exhibition, MAAP SPACE will also show the work of Sim Cheol-Woong as part of LANDSEASKY


Giovanni Ozzola
‘Garage – sometimes you can see much more’
single channel video projection, audio


‘Passages’, 2012 by YangZhengzhong
single channel video, colour

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

LANDSEASKY Chapter 1 open in Brisbane: 1-18 Oct

MAAP’s international touring exhibition LANDSEASKY has wrapped up in Korea, China and Sydney, Australia and due to open in Brisbane on 1st October in two different galleries in two iterations.

Chapter 1


Opening Event Wednesday 1 October 6.00–8.00pm at Griffith University Art Gallery
226 Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane
Opened by Russell Storer, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Griffith University Art Gallery from 1 October—18 October 2014

Artists Featured: Jan Dibbets, Wang Peng, Zhu Jia, Yeondoo Jung, Paul Bai, Shilpa Gupta, Wang Gongxin, Heimo Zobering

MAAP Space Gallery from 1 October—28 October 2014
Artist Featured:Yang Zhenzhong & Giovanni Ozzola

For more information on Chapter 2 and the overall project, visit the project page by clicking here


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

LANDSEASKY Dispatches at MAAP SPACE: 23/05/14 -30/09/14

Since January this year, MAAP has been concentrating on it’s touring exhibition LANDSEASKY:revisiting spatiality in video art in venues across Korea, China and Australia

The exhibition launched in Seoul, Korea on 21 February 2014 across the following venues:Artsonje CenterLee Hwaik GalleryOne and J GalleryOpsis ArtGallery IHN Gallery Skape and proceeded to Shanghai, China from 19 April to 22 June 2014 at OCAT-OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai 

In Australia LANDSEASKY is presented in Brisbane and Sydney concurrently, in a unique partnership between MAAP and two higher education art institutions: Griffith University Art Gallery in Brisbane (1 October – 13 November 2014) and the National Art School Gallery in Sydney  (21 August–11 October 2014).

Join us by appointment at MAAP SPACE where documentation of moving and still images from the touring exhibition so far is currently on show!

Venue: MAAP SPACE 111 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
RSVP: or 07 3108 8559

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

LANDSEASKY in Sydney 20th August to 11th October

MAAP’s international touring exhibition LANDSEASKY has wrapped up in Korea and China and now heads to Australia to be shown in two chapters across two different locations in 2014:

Sydney from the 20th August to 11th October 2014 at the National Art Schoool &

Brisbane from the 1st October to 13th November 2014 at Griffith University Art Gallery and from 1st October to 28th November at MAAP SPACE Gallery.

For more information visit the project page by clicking here

Featured Image by LANDSEASKY artist Jan Dibbets – Horizon (still) 1971
colour, no sound, Pal, 4:3 aspect ration, 2-channel video projection
Courtesy of the Stedelijk Museum and the artist