Video Ground: Recent moving image work from Australia and Aotearoa / New Zealand is a 2008 touring program commissioned by MAAP Multimedia Art Asia Pacific and curated by Rachel O’Reilly.
Gathering together a group of artists from Australia and Aotearoa/NZ who work outside of stable cinematic genres to rethink historical and narrative accounts of place, this program was also 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. The program launched at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival in March this year, and went on to screen at the Chicago Film Studies Centre at the University of Chicago in April. Future 2008 screenings are to be announced.
MAAP Multimedia Art Asia Pacific explores media art from a research and programming perspective and partners with arts organizations in the region to activate projects involving the region’s major and emerging media arts practitioners. Since 1997 MAAP has produced festivals encompassing 14 countries, including projects in Brisbane, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. MAAP creates networks and cultural exchange through the experience of media arts and is run from Brisbane, Australia by founding director Kim Machan and a dedicated incorporated board.