Thai Video Arts Screening at Osage Gallery

A screening program of new and recent video art and experimental films by artists and filmmakers from Thailand. This diverse group of young artists and filmmakers share certain style, sentimentality and value through video and short film in the search for the perfect means of expression and the meaning of life. Selected by Narawan Pathomvat

1. Taiki Sakpisit (b.1975) – A Ripe Volcano (2011) 15:00

A Ripe Volcano is an allegorical revelation where Bangkok becomes a site of mental eruption and the emotionally devastated land during the heights of terrors, primal fears, trauma, and the darkness of time. This project started from a desire to paint a portrait of historical consciousness of Thailand during the last decades, to capture the vibrations in the air – the mass media manipulation, the censorship, primal screams, violent eruptions, memory of terror, traumatic experiences – these seem to be the mood and feeling that possess Thailand in these recent years.

2. Chatchai Suban (b. 1978) – Agaligo (2008) 9:50

Agaligo is one of the 6 virtues of Buddha’s teaching, means not constitute by time or timeless. This film is assembled, selected and edited from footages from my personal life between 2004-2007 focusing on out-of-frame shots that reminded me of incidents during moments in time as certain objects trigger our memory of an event or a person. The film is like a trace or a clue to past events that still hover around me and impact my life and my memory.


3. Arnont Nongyao (b. 1979) – Mr. Weirdo and Anomalous Space (2003) 9:32

This video derived from my personal experience of encountering a man who most people deem crazy. But when I went and talked to him, I found that he had a very interesting perspective especially in relation to the space he and other people occupy. He would observe every detail of passers-by and in relation to each particular space and story. So I took inspiration from him and went to explore abandoned and rejected spaces and ideas, both real and unreal, and then put them together in this film


4. Promboon Choonchuongchoti (b. 1984) – Smoking (2009) 10:38

“Smoking” is a video performance shows how smokers dealt with the new regulations of ‘no smoking in public space’ in an extreme way. He said in this statement, ‘Ever increasing regulations, make smoking to satisfy our needs in a public place not possible these days, we are not confident about places and it always stirs our conscious.”


5. Chulayarnnon Siriphol (b. 1986) – A Brief History of Memory (2010) 13:45

A Brief History of Memory is dedicated to the people who died during the political crisis in Thailand. The effect of the crisis is presented by a voice of a mother who lost her son in the events and overlaid with moving images of the NangLerng community where she and her family lived. Dead lice from children’s hair in the community stand for the innocent protesters who were killed like insects during the riots


6. Sompot Chidgasornpongse (b. 1980) – Home Video (Made in Thai Town) (2010) 20:00

Home Video (Made in Thai Town) is about the act of recording and its product as cultural medium. The film also explores the relationship between deteriorating records and the disappearance of memories.


Screening schedule:
March 30 2012 (Fri) 3-5pm
March 31 2012 (Sat) 2-3pm, 5-6pm
April 6 2012 (Fri) 3-5pm
April 7 2012 (Sat) 2-3pm, 5-6pm
April 13 2012 (Fri) 3-5pm
April 14 2012 (Sat) 2-3pm, 5-6pm

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