Exhibitions

This page details our exhibitions both in our own MAAP space and elsewhere in the world.

MAAP SPACE features regular curated exhibitions of media art from Australia and the Asia region. MAAP SPACE is in the middle building accessed from the carpark entry from 111 Constance Street. Entry also via Ackland Lane – off Bridge Street. Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm or by appointment.

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Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video

26 August 2016 to 15 December 2016 ,  Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University, Canberra

Zhang Peili: from Painting to Video is a collaboration between MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific and the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), at the Australian National University. The project is built around the recent acquisition of one of Zhang’s last paintings from the 1990s before he shifted his focus to video and media installation art. Newly restored, and never before exhibited, Flying Machine (1994) - a generous gift to CIW from Zhang’s friend and fellow artist, Lois Conner - became an opportunity to explore this significant transition ... Read More

Benjamin Crowley

21/07/16 to 31/08/16 ,  MAAP SPACE

Media Art Residency Award 2016 From late July until the end of August MAAP Media Art Asia Pacific hosts Media Art Residency Award winner Benjamin Crowley at MAAP SPACE. This solo residency program allows the artist to develop new work with full access to MEDIA BANK equipment and gallery space. During this time Benjamin has the opportunity to re-work and analyse old works, experiment with new media and open up new directions in his practice. The 11th August opening signals the first part of the exhibition and studio residency. This iteration of th ... Read More

TAEYOON KIM

26 May 2016 to 08 July 2016 ,  MAAP SPACE

In this solo exhibition Taeyoon Kim takes the material of digital media from our everyday lives and transforms this data into hypnotic video loops. Taeyoon uses both complicated algorithms and captured footage to create playful yet meditative works that contemplate how we adapt to virtual spaces that are ever growing within physical space that can become narrowed. Taeyoon’s recent work explores post-Internet theory and his work is a unique materialized form of the data that drives society. The vitalization of the network interface, via websites such as Tu ... Read More

Alrey Batol – Media Art Residency Award 2016

01/03/2016 - 20/04/2016 ,  MAAP SPACE

From March 2016, MAAP Media Art Asia Pacific hosted Alrey Batol, winner of our 2016 Media Art Residency Award, at MAAP SPACE. During the six weeks Alrey spent with MAAP he had full access to MEDIA BANK equipment and the gallery space, which he took full advantage of. Using unorthodox techniques Alrey investigated repetitive layering of images collected from the internet through a software filtering program. One hundred high resolution representations of luxury designer bags by Louis Vuitton were the base material in his interrogation of the image that ... Read More

JOÃO VASCO PAIVA ‘UNLIMITED’

19 November 2015 to 28 February 2016 ,  MAAP SPACE + Brisbane River CityCat Ferry Service

        Unlimited is the umbrella title for João Vasco Paiva’s site-specific art project that inhabits the CityCat ferry terminals along the Brisbane River and also an exhibition in MAAP–Media Art Asia Pacific’s gallery, MAAP SPACE in Fortitude Valley. The Hong Kong based artist has installed maritime signal flags at seven CityCat ferry terminals along the Brisbane River – each abstract flag design represents a letter of the alphabet and can be deciphered with the signal flag code. This work employs a new arti ... Read More

MAAP & GDM0A

26 March to 6 May 2015 ,  Guangdong Museum of Art

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 work by a range of artists from different countries, cultures and generatio ... Read More

Louise Bennett – All At Once – Exhibition

22 May to 3 July 2015 ,  MAAP SPACE

  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. http://www.maap.org.au/2015/residency-award-to-louise-bennett/ Opening Night - May 22, 5:30 - 7:30pm 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 condition ... Read More

LSS DISPATCHES

23 May to 30 September 2014 ,  MAAP SPACE

LSS DISPATCHES offers audiences in Brisbane documentation and updates of MAAP's international touring exhibition LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art as it is installed in venues across Korea, China and Australia. MAAP SPACE presents a growing archive of still and moving installation documentation, press coverage, and artists interviews amongst exhibition collateral generated by the project. MAAP SPACE digests the international touring experience to consolidate an overview of the project as it is being installed - a window into the social and for ... Read More

LANDSEASKY in Brisbane, Australia

1 October to 28 November 2014 ,  Griffith University Art Gallery

Presented in partnership with Griffith University Art Gallery in a two part configuration LANDSEASKY comes to Brisbane. Presenting a visually rich exhibition of screen-based artwork by leading international and Australian contemporary artists at Griffith University Art Gallery & MAAP Space Gallery from 1 October to 28 November 2014. Works in the exhibition reflect upon the overriding theme of the horizon-line as a timeless source for inspiration and a metaphor for humanity’s relationship to the world.  But in the digital era, an entire generation of ar ... Read More

LANDSEASKY in Sydney, Australia

21 August to 11 October 2014 ,  National Art School Gallery

  Presented for the first time in Australia by MAAP – Media Arts Asia Pacific – and curated by MAAP Director Kim Machan, LANDSEASKY is a visually rich exhibition of screen-based artwork by leading international and Australian contemporary artists at the National Art School Gallery, Sydney from 21st August to 11th October 2014 Works in the exhibition reflect upon the overriding theme of the horizon-line as a timeless source for inspiration and a metaphor for humanity’s relationship to the world.  But in the digital era, an entire generation ... Read More

MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) partners with the National Art Museum of China in an ambitious exhibition titled: thingworld: The International Triennial of New Media Art MAAP is presenting five Australian artists with three major art installations for what has become one of the worlds most expansive media art exhibitions of its kind. Boasting 58 major art works by 65 artists from 22 countries, the exhibition occupies 11 major gallery spaces in the museum. MAAP has been a long-time collaborator with the National Art Museum of China having participa ... Read More

LANDSEASKY in Shanghai, China

20 April to 22 June 2014 ,  OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai

  2014年4月20日- 6月15日 地点:OCAT 上海馆,北苏州路1016号(文安路30号) 开幕式:2014年4月19日,5 – 9 pm 策展人:金曼   OCAT上海馆荣幸呈现展览“海陆空-重访录像艺术的空间性”。17位国际当代艺术家将带来最具趣味性和挑战性的录像作品,在亚太地区三国间进行巡展。展览由中国、澳大利亚及韩国多家知名美术馆画廊的共同合作,并将于2014年4月20日在OCAT上海馆开幕。  “海陆空”是地平线所代表的三要素 ... Read More

LANDSEASKY in Seoul, Korea

21 February to 23 March 2014

  LANDSEASKY: revisiting spatiality in video art brings visually rich and challenging video artworks from 17 international contemporary artists to 3 countries, 5 cities, activating 11 venues in a major Asia - Australia tour. The exhibition was presented in South Korea, China and Australia across multiple prestigious museums and galleries in 2014 - 2015, and including Artsonje Center (Seoul), OCT- Contemporary Art Terminal (Shanghai), Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou), Griffith University Art Gallery and MAAP SPACE (Brisbane), The National ... Read More

DATE: 11/11/2013 - 20/11/2013 VENUE: MAAP SPACE ARTIST: Barbara Campbell Barbara Campbell will be spending time at MAAP SPACE  preparing for a new work that is being created for MAAP's upcoming international touring exhibition LANDSEASKY in 2014. Barbara will be filming with Gary Warner while researching bird habitats and migration patterns in the Moreton Bay area. Barbara Campbell (b. 1961 Australia) works between multiple concepts of spatiality­—mediated, architectural and geographic—to create singular experiences for the viewer/participant. ... Read More

Yeondoo Jung

27/9/2013 - 8/11/2013 ,  MAAP SPACE

Yeondoo Jung makes elaborate artificial environments for video and photographs. Combining handmade theatrical sets with analogue special effects, the South Korean artist creates worlds that are richly detailed and slick but always a little imperfect. MAAP SPACE presents two spectacular video works, Documentary Nostalgia (2007) and Twilight Seoul (2012), in what is Yeondoo’s first Australian solo-exhibition. In these works, as with many of his projects, the artist plays with the shakiness of truth in both representation and recollection. Filmed in a single une ... Read More

Derek Kreckler: Open Studio Event

30/08/2013 ,  MAAP SPACE

Derek Kreckler (b. 1952, Australia) works in performance, video, sound and photography. His work is concerned with the present-time re-staging and re-imagining of historical events, with a particular interest in the 20th century avant-garde project. Derek participated in a MAAP artist-in-residence project in Brisbane, August 2013. The Australian artist is developing a series of new works for MAAP's upcoming major touring exhibition 'Land-Sea-Sky: Video Space', which will visit China, South Korea and Australia in 2014. His intensive period of experimentation dur ... Read More

Shilpa Gupta

26/7/2013 - 30/8/2013 ,  MAAP SPACE

Indian conceptual artist Shilpa Gupta presents four major works at MAAP Space in a solo presentation of video, sculpture and installation work. Launching her career in 1997, with a strong focus on media and interactive art[1], Gupta’s work has come to be internationally regarded for its commentary on the intertwining of the political and the personal across a vast range of contemporary issues. Gupta is interested in human perception and how information, visible or invisible, is transmitted and internalized in everyday life. Constantly drawn to how objects are ... Read More

MAAP's next exhibition in Brisbane continues a focused series of leading media artists. Wang Gongxin has a significant place in contemporary Chinese art history. As a senior first generation video artist in China, Wang has produced an accomplished body of work over the past twenty years and has had great influence on a younger generation of artists within China. Trained as a painter, Wang Gongxin moved into video and photography after an extended time living in New York during the late 80’s and returning to live in Beijing in 1994. Working across media, Wang ex ... Read More

The 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 2012

12/10/2012-16/11/2012 ,  MAAP SPACE (gallery 2)

In gallery 2, MAAP presents a selection of highlights from the 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF6). The festival, titled Raiding the Archives, was first screened in Bangkok in January 2012. The program responds to Walter Benjamin’s idea that “articulating the past historically does not mean recognising it ‘the way it really was’. It means appropriating a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger”. Meditating on memory and nostalgia, the program lines up contemporary cinema against a number of works from the impressive Thai Film Archive, ... Read More

Patty Chang & David Kelley: Route 3

12/10/2012 - 16/11/2012 ,  MAAP SPACE (gallery 1)

Set in Northwest Laos, the meeting point of the Mekong river, China and Burma, Route 3 (2011) sees celebrated U.S. artists Patty Chang & David Kelley sharpen their idiosyncratic collaborative project: the geo-political Asian road film. Neat in focus and beautifully composed, the work studies the spatial, environmental, economic and social impact of Route 3, a recently constructed trade route between China, Laos and Thailand. With Chang and Kelley tuned into local routines and rhythms, the sleepy and formerly self-contained mountain villages of Laos appear in s ... Read More

As a special closing event, MAAP is honoured to present Zhang Peili’s 30 x 30 (1988). Please join us for this special one-day only presentation of what is considered to be the first video artwork produced in China. Filmed over 180 minutes (the length of the video tape), the artist is seen repeatedly smashing a mirror and meticulously reassembling the shards of glass using glue.  Zhang’s video rejects the illusionary qualities of the medium, and has been read as a pertinent critique on the rise of popular television and mass entertainment in China. 24 ... Read More

Zhang Peili at MAAP SPACE

4/8/2012 - 15/9/2012 ,  MAAP SPACE

Zhang Peili is a senior artist who emerged in the first wave of Chinese contemporary art in the 1980s. His seminal video work 30 X 30 (1988) anchors his reputation as one of the most significant figures in Chinese contemporary art and is broadly accepted as being the first video art work produced in China. After studying painting at Zhejiang Art Academy (now the China Academy of Art), Zhang’s experimental practice quickly transgressed painting. His conceptual approach to art making led him to a variety of media and techniques including instructional text, ... Read More

Light from Light

2010-2013 ,  State Library of Queensland

Light from Light is an international touring exhibition of contemporary art from Australia and China. Between October 2010 - January 2012, the exhibition was on display at the State Library of Queensland, while a duplicate of the exhibition toured throughout China, visiting the Shanghai Library (3/11/2010—7/2/2011), National Library of China and National Art Museum of China (29/4/2011—30/6/2011), and Hangzhou Public Library (14/7/2011—18/9/2011).  Following the international tour, Light from Light - REPRISE a summary of the exhibition was held at MAAP SP ... Read More

Intimate Transactions, 2008-2009

28 August 2008 to 18 October 2009 ,  Dubbo Regional Gallery

Intimate Transactions, 2008-2009 Intimate Transactions is an interactive installation developed by Brisbane's Transmute Collective: Keith Armstrong, Guy Webster and Lisa O'Neill. The work allows two people in separate spaces to interact simultaneously using their bodies and custom designed 'smart furniture'. Participants engage in a shared sensory intimacy, as they navigate their way through a physical interface of digital imagery, multichannel sound and tactile feedback. The presentation of Intimate Transactions at Synthetic Times, National Art Mu ... Read More

Video Ground

25/3/2008 - 13/12/2008 ,  Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (Thailand)

Video Ground: Recent Moving Image Works from Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand gathers together six contemporary artists from Australia and Aotearoa/NZ who work outside of stable cinematic genres to rethink historical and narrative accounts of place. This 2008 touring program curated by Rachel O’Reilly was also partly inspired by recent critiques of locative media art paradigms and place-interested aesthetics by a broader field of artists and cultural critics from the antipodes. Video Ground was commissioned as a MAAP touring program, and premiered at ... Read More

The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival

10 December to 13 December 2008 ,  Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

In special partnership, MAAP presented the Australian premiere of the fifth Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF5) in Brisbane from December 10-13 2008. Curation of the 2008 BEFF programme was conducted by Australian writer and theorist David Teh under the auspices of an Australia Council for the Arts funded MAAP mentorship, and with the oversight of senior Bangkok curator Gridthiya Gaweewong. MAAP further contributed to BEFF5 with the specifically commissioned programme Video Ground, curated by MAAP Curatorial and Special Projects consultant Rachel ... Read More

The Sky is the Limit, 2008

1 September 2008 to 9 September 2008 ,  Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

  Brisbane based artist Paul Bai produced a site specific three-channel video projection, The Sky is the Limit, for the Shop Front windows of the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, between the 1st and 9th of September, 2008. On this occasion, Bai explored the notion of ‘space’ in the format of video projection. The looped projections presented three different views of the sky, filmed in a static position: slowly moving clouds, a clear blue sky, and a horizon with the sky meeting the sea centre-frame. The expansive, immeasurable and no ... Read More

SYNTHETIC TIMES 2008

9 June 2008 to 3 July 2008 ,  National Art Museum of China

SYNTHETIC TIMES: Media Art China 2008 profiled over 40 major works at the National Art Museum of China from June 9 – July 3, 2008. The exhibition was presented as a cultural programme of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was produced by a consortium of 17 media art specialist organizations including ZKM Centre for Media Art Karlsruhe; FACT Liverpool; V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam; Eyebeam New York, MoMA , New York, Tate London and MAAP-Media Art Asia Pacific. SYNTHETIC TIMES presented a survey show of some of the most significant media art ins ... Read More

MAAP 2006: out of the internet

30 November 2006 to 25 January 2007 ,  State Library of Queensland

MAAP’s 2006 media art festival, out of the internet, considered artists working in or connected through internet art practice. out of the internet aimed to realize an interconnected and context-articulate exhibition presence of net-based work across a range of locations from elite museums, galleries, library networks and into a cascade of urban spaces. The internet as a place of operation, exchange and creation for art can be understood as antithetical to established gallery-museum structures. The artists build their own exhibition space. It is a space tha ... Read More

Yves Klein’s, Le Peintre de l'Espace se Jette Dans le Vide (Leap into the Void) 1960 was created at the time when the first cosmonaut left the gravitational pull of the earth; the photograph’s iconicity then and today results in part from its conceptual representation of a radical shift in how our world was perceived. Exploring conceptual and political notions of gravity – with Klein’s Leap into the Void 1960 as a key anchor to the ways the art works might be read - MAAP in 2004 presented and produced GRAVITY in Singapore across seven major art venues c ... Read More

In 2002 MAAP became a mobile Asia Pacific new media organization with the MAAP in Beijing exhibition hosted by the China Millennium Monument Art Museum with the support of The China International Exhibitions Agency, The Gohua Group, The Central Academy of Fine Arts and the Australian Embassy in Beijing. The festival theme of ‘moist’ suggested a conductive environment of cultural ideas recognising the non-linear and pluralist characteristics of contemporary art, culture and society in which artists are looked to as mediators and explorers of maturing and evo ... Read More

MAAP 2001 was curated under the theme of ‘excess’, the first official theme for a MAAP festival. The theme of excess considered extremes of aesthetics and ideas.This pertained on the one hand to baroque, indulgent and wasteful tendencies and on the other to the severe limits of minimalism. Curator Wu Meichun responded to the festival's theme with the new video program Chinese EXCESS, with 21 video works by contemporary Chinese artists. The program included: Zhang Peili Yang Zhenzhong Wang Gongxin Wang Pang Liu Wei Wu Ershan Zhao Liang Yang Fu ... Read More

The third MAAP festival, held in September 2000, extended past festivals’ experimentation with online exchange, content and presentation. The theme of ‘Presence and Place’ rejected the previous festival's ideologies of geographical dissolution. Instead, the festival bolstered the role of site and local context in interpreting new media art. The ‘Presence and Place’ forum was an amalgam of web-linked discussions, facilitated by new media theorist Geert Lovink, and panels scattered throughout the Asia Pacific region with participation from academics, ... Read More

MAAP 1999 examined technology's role in reconfiguring social geography. The theme ‘Collapsing Geographies’ considered online artistic collaboration and advanced cross-cultural dialogue as transgressing traditional social and geographical borders. net.works/Artists on the Web was an online art residency that drew together artists from China, Korea and Australia, and a significant festival event which marked the beginning of MAAP’s long and productive engagement with the artists Feng Mengbo (Beijing) and Young-Hae Chang (Seoul). Thirty online art proj ... Read More

MAAP 1998: Mapping the Region The inaugural MAAP festival was held in 1998, establishing an international program for ‘unmapped’ experimentation and creativity from Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The late nineties captured a sense of urgency (expressed unanimously by government, industry and education) to explore creative content examining the phenomena of digital culture and new media technologies. It was this unique climate that gave rise to MAAP, and defined its character as facilitator and catalyst as well as curator and exhibitor. MAAP's ... Read More