Manhua Wonderlands will culminate in a simultaneous launch and screening event around the state during Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific 06 (MAAP06) in November at the State Library of Queensland.
This event links galleries, museums and libraries with alternative satellite exhibition sites such as pearl tea cafes, sushi stations and karaoke clubs. As a platform for exposing audiences to contemporary media art by young artists, the simultaneous screening provides a common viewing experience across regional, remote, urban and suburban places.
Manhua Wonderlands is a series of collaborative projects developed out of the terrain of Asian pop cultures and subcultures, resulting in the creation of surreal animation and video works. Works by Sean Healy, Jemima Wyman, Luke Ilett, Van Sowerwine and Alice Lang are featured on the DVD.
Manhua Wonderlands is presented by MAAP-Multimedia Art Asia Pacific and State Library of Queensland. This project is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments, for audience development in the museum sector through Museum and Gallery Services Queensland. This project is also supported by the Australia Council through the EPIC (Emerging Producers in Community) initiative, Arts Queensland, Foundation for Young Australians, Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund and the partnership between the State Library of Queensland and Education Queensland's e-learning environment, the Learning Place.