Media Art Exhibition “Media/Art Kitchen : Artist Interview-Kamol Phaosavasdi
(b.1958, Bangkok) Renowned as one of the forerunners of Thai media and installation video art who exhibits widely in Asia, Australia, Europe and the US, Kamol Phaosavasdi has been producing works relentlessly. Viewers' interaction and participation are often essential in his situational and site-specific work. His happenings and performances are provocative, inviting us to ponder the potential of body art that is frequently stereotyped as part of dissident art. In the late 2000, the meaning of tranquility appeared in Kamol's work, namely Bon Voyage (2002) and Quiet Storm (2005). Personal sensation and experience became the most important communication factors of the work. He has been working closely with communities both in Bangkok and small provinces recently, bringing art to the level that could function and serve social aspects on the practical level within the community. Kamol completed his MFA from Otis/Parsons Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA. (1984) under adviser Richard Jackson, Colwin Clairmont and Miles Forst. He currently lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand.
HATTORI Hiroyuki, OKAMURA Keiko, AIDA Daiya, Pichaya Suphavanu, Nikan Wasinondh
PROJECT CONCEPT (Bangkok Version)
Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice shapes Future
The Philosopher Nicolas Zurbrugg suggests that there are “Three defining characteristics of postmodern culture: its existential shifts, its conceptual shifts, and its technological shifts”. These shifts have already been occurring all across geographies where our post-media condition producing new cultural habits and social conditions constructing an alternative structure that surfaces up diversity of needs. In this puzzling democratic world of technology, the phenomenon lies simply at choosing out of unlimited choices. In this condition, it shows a foundation of vast information that we now more than ever could find multitude of ways to mutual cross-fertilizations. It is a foundation of an exploring ground establishing vocabularies to define new behaviors that are a result from new constructed information, new knowledge, and new creativities. This phenomenon makes apparent that technology has been here, long enough to established its own realm, creating web that seeps into various aspects of life and shapes they way we live and perceive.
With this on-going social and cultural condition, Media/Art Kitchen- Reality Distortion Field in Bangkok proposes media art, not as the hype of the new, but it is the existing norm that indicates how we live with technology to conjuring up the new. ‘Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future’ is a ‘user-generated-content’ attitude to suggest audience a personal viewpoint towards media and technology and the outcomes of what the artists have fused themselves into. It is an idea proposing to steer away from the concept of technology as newness or seeing art using technology as a tool, to art as life living with technology. It aims toward how we live in aesthetic of how it works, in what behavior it creates, and what context it nurtures rather than how it looks. It shows a humanistic side of codes and information without changing its nature. It proposes a bountiful ecology of systems, processes, relationships, participations, and networks rather than fixed objects. It utilizes a space where there could be alternative perception, physicality, or form to grab on reality. And it lends a platform for sharing plurality of competing behavior, and subjective narrative structure as opposed to telling a story from a legitimized content.
‘Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future’ is then an open-ended concept to support the essence and attitude from Media/Art Kitchen- Reality Distortion Field that is not blind attitude towards technology or to pay homage to technology rather it is a suggestion to perceive media, technology, and its culture not as a threat but as an everyday attitude, and as an extended personal potential to find connection with arts and to seek a meaningful experience in everyday living, to take a conscious advantage of life in technological era. As kitchen suggests a place for process and action, the project aims to be a platform of on-going operations of thoughts, ideas, and experiences to instigate a special mindset that challenges the existing boundaries between vocabularies, disciplines, and thinking structures to pave a place for art forms (from either audiences or artists) that could arise from the stimulation of the art in the kitchen itself.
Event Date: 21 December - 16 February 2014
Location: Main Gallery, 7th floor,5th floor and 3rd floor
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PARTICIPATED COUNTRIES: Japan Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Vietnam Singapore
Exhibition, Artists, Arts, Media/Art, Motion pictures, Animation (Cinematography), Photographs, Sounds, performance
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