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beyond the horizon The latest international touring offering by Brisbane’s Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP), featuring two Queensland artists, has wowed gallery goers in Seoul, Korea, and is now showing in Shanghai before it heads home to Brisbane later this year. LANDSEASKY, showcasing video artworks from more than 20 international contemporary artists, was funded through Arts Queensland’s Projects and Programs Fund.

“The Shanghai leg of the exhibition tour was very well received and has subsequently been extended for an additional two weeks. There has been great media interest in the exhibition from print, online and broadcast media including Artforum China,” she says.

The exhibition continues MAAP’s approach to cross-cultural exchange bringing together artists from Australia, Asia and Europe.

“Paul and Craig both brought outstanding work to the exhibition. Paul Bai's video installation was a talking point for press particularly in Shanghai where his approach to the medium was well appreciated.

Queensland-based artists Paul Bai and Craig Walsh are featured alongside other notable Australian artists such as Barbara Campbell, Lauren Brincat and Derek Krekler.

“Having exhibited in Korea several times, Craig’s return added resonance to the understanding of his practice as he presented an extraordinary high definition animation using time lapse photography that offered a different view into an Australian landscape.

LANDSEASKY was developed around the theme of the horizon line and how in its simplest form, the horizon can be represented as a single line across a plane or page. This theme provided a starting point for the artists to explore our perception of the world.

“There are now plans to see the exhibition also tour to Sydney along with the production of a catalogue documenting the ten venues that partnered in the exhibition.”

MAAP Director Kim Machan says exhibitions such as this are important as they increase the profile of Queensland and Australian artists and art practices to international audiences and foster important industry relationships.

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Now showing in Shanghai, China until 29 June 2014. LANDSEASKY will open in Brisbane from 18 September until 16 November 2014. 8

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