videography: Gotaro Uematsu

photography: Josh Raymond

Shaun Gladwell’s video works are predominantly concerned with movement, usually in urban spaces. More recently, however, he has extended his practice into a consideration of landscape and place while retaining his core interest in the movement of bodies through space. A spellbinding sense of quietude permeates his work.

‘Approach to Mundi Mundi’ is part of the ‘MADDESTMAXIMVS’ series – an ongoing body of work that has been presented in various arrangements, including at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In ‘Approach to Mundi Mundi’ a faceless motorbike rider, clad in black leather, travels along the white lines of a highway descending into a barren Australian desert. The composition is radically divided by an unbroken horizon line and vertically segmented by the rider’s upright Christ-like position. Poised on the bike with outstretched arms, he appears to embrace the land before him, his stillness demonstrating a heightened sense of bodily awareness and concentration. Paradoxically moving yet also still, this work figuratively ‘swallows’ time, presenting a type of extended moment.


  • Title: Approach to Mundi Mundi
  • Creator: Shaun Gladwell
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Physical Dimensions: aspect ratio: 16:9; duration: channel one: Dawn 00:03:56 min; channel two: Day 00:04:42 min; total: 00:08:37 min
  • Type: DVD
  • Rights: John Kaldor Family Collection © Shaun Gladwell. Courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne/ Sydney Photo: Josh Raymond
  • Medium: HD/DVD, 16:9, colour, silent, 8:37 mins
  • Signature & Date: Signed Certificate of Authenticity and on DVD masters, ink "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.
  • Collective Title: from the series MADDESTMAXIMVS
  • Artist Country: Australia

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