Joao Vasco Paiva
Revisiting spatiality in video. A group show bringing some of the most interesting and challenging video artworks from 20 international contemporary artists to 3 countries. In this exhibition, they use the horizon line as a starting point to explore some of the most fundamental and complex themes in both art and our perception of the world.
Curated by Kim Machan
OCAT Shanghai is proud to present LANDSEASKY, a group show bringing some of the most interesting and challenging video artworks from 20 international contemporary artists to 3 countries in a major Australia-Asia tour. The exhibition opens across multiple prestigious museums and galleries in China Australia and Korea, and will open in OCAT-Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai on 20 April 2014.
LANDSEASKY speaks to the three elements represented by the horizon line. In its simplest form, the horizon can be represented as a single line across a plane or page. In this exhibition, some of the world’s sharpest contemporary artists use the horizon line as a starting point to explore some of the most fundamental and complex themes in both art and our perception of the world.
This is the latest touring project by award-winning Australian arts organization MAAP – Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP). Their last touring exhibition ‘Light from Light’ was selected as the best Visual Art project in the Australian Arts in Asia Award last year.
LANDSEASKY carries the hallmarks of MAAP’s unique approach to cross-cultural exchange. Artists from Australia, Asia and Europe are brought together in a conversation around a shared theme. New artworks created for the exhibition will be in dialogue with some early 1970s video artworks by influential Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets. Dibbets is one of the early pioneers to apply the camera as a tool in contemporary art. Exhibited in LANDSEASKY are his videos Horizon I (1971), Horizon II (1971), and Horizon III (1971), which manipulate the camera frame to challenge the way we perceive the horizon line while flattening an abstracted screen space.
The exhibition is presented in new configurations in each country of the tour. In OCAT Shanghai, LANDSEASKY will attract additional Chinese artists and its layout is conceived to match and at the same time contrast with Shanghai buzzing urban environment. In fact Shanghai has land, sea (and rivers) and sky just like any other city in the world: here it takes a bigger effort of imagination to see beyond the high-rises and the altered horizon line. Through artists’ intellectual approach we see different spatial problems articulated and explored in screen media and video space. This exhibition nods to the beginning of conceptual video art practice reminding us of a rich critical past that can be recalled and reframed to refresh our conversation in our contemporary urban society.
LANDSEASKY featured artists include: Paul Bai (Australia), Lauren Brincat (Australia), Jan Dibbets (The Netherlands), Barbara Campbell (Australia), Wang Gongxin (China), Shilpa Gupta (India), Zhu Jia (China), Yeondoo Jung (South Korea), Derek Kreckler (Australia), Giovanni Ozzola (Italy), Joao Vasco Paiva (Portugal/Hong Kong), Wang Peng (China), Kimsooja (South Korea), Craig Walsh (Australia), Sim Cheol-Woong (South Korea), Heimo Zobernig (Austria), Yang Zhenzhong (China).
The exhibition LANDSEASKY is organized by OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai, Griffith University Art Gallery and MAAP SPACE in Brisbane. Other participating venues include museums and galleries in Seoul including Artsonje Center, Gallery IHN, Lee Hwaik Gallery, ONE AND J Gallery, Opsis Art, and Gallery Skape.
The exhibition is partnered with a number of Asian and Australian organisations including Griffith University through Griffith University Gallery, the Queensland University of Technology and the QUT Confucius Institute.
Image: Giovanni Ozzola, Garage - Desert - Soundscape, 2013
Opening: Saturday 19 April 2014, 5pm
Contemporary Art Terminal OCAT
No.1016 North Suzhou Rd. Zha Bei District, Shanghai
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