From Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August MAAP Director Kim Machan will be participating alongside artist and professor Zhang Peili and others as part of the Moving Image Cultures in Asian Art conference presented by the Australian Consortium on Asian Art.

The conference will commence at 4pm with the keynote address by Zhang Peili and the formal opening of Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at 6pm, 26 August. This solo exhibition is presented in partnership with MAAP and is co-curated by Kim Machan and Olivier Krischer (CIW).

Saturday and Sunday sessions will be held at the Sir Roland Wilson Building (#120) on McCoy Circuit, Australian National University, Canberra.

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This conference addresses historical and contemporary manifestations of spatio-temporality in Asian art. It results from an understanding of sustained trajectories of spatio-temporal practices in various art traditions in the Asian region. In addition to the relatively recent international visibility of ‘new media’ art, there are pronounced instances of time and space being addressed together in various art traditions in across the Asian region, ranging from the murals of Ajanta and Dun Huang (Mogao) to contemporary video installations.

Zhang Peili (b. 1957, Hangzhou, China) is one of the leading artists and arts educators of his generation. In the early 1980s Zhang studied oil painting at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, before forming a seminal experimental group (Pond Society) with friends later that decade. In 1988 Zhang’s work 30 x 30 became the first video artwork in Mainland China, meanwhile New York’s Museum of Modern Arts acquired two of his video works and organised a solo exhibition for him – both ‘firsts’ for a Chinese artist.

In the 1990s, Zhang continued to experiment with video and new media, shifting away from painting after 1994. Throughout this period his work was shown widely overseas. In 2003, Zhang founded the New Media Department at the China Academy of Art, the first of its kind in the country. In 2010, Zhang was awarded the prestigious China Contemporary Art Award for lifetime contributions to the field.

Major exhibitions include: 4th Lyon Biennale, 1997; Cities on the Move, Austria, France, 1997, 98; Sydney Biennale, 1998; 3rd Shanghai Biennale, 2000. In 1998, he had a solo exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Lives and works in Hangzhou