Korakrit ARUNANONDCHAI & Alex GVOJIC （with boychild）
No history in a room filled with people with funny names 5
Korakrit Arunanondchai’s ongoing series with No history in a room filled with people with funny names reflects on the interaction between traditional beliefs, the natural environment, and developments in the technology, politics and culture in Thailand. This latest work, a three-screen installation made with Alex Gvojic, explores subtexts to the sensational rescue of 12 children and their football coach from a cave in Northern Thailand in the summer of 2018. While the materials in the central screen raise questions about how this rescue was stage-managed by the military and the media, an adjacent screen features the performance artist boychild, shown dancing in a desolate warehouse and a lush forest, her sinuous movements evoking the Nāga, the guardian water snake spirit of Thai Buddhism. Completing this narrative around care, on the opposite screen we see Arunanondchai’s aged grandparents, one of whom suffers from dementia.
Camera: Alex Gvojic, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Rory Mulhere, Yukontorn Mingmongkon, Jon Wang
Sound Design and mixing: Aaron David Ross
Music Contribution: “Final Mercy” by Dj Richard
Programming: Michael Potvin (Nitemind)
Bangkok Production Team: Suchada Sirithanawuddhi, Pises Wongsathianchai, Akerat Homlaor, Narong Srisophab, Tanawit Misa, Krissakorn Thinthupthai, Naporn Kongsuan, Nata Sato
Research and production: Nok Chida
Still Photography: Nick Sethi
With: boychild, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Tippayavarna Nitibhon, Varachit Nitibhon, Grace Church (Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand), Nana Childcare and Foster Home (Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand), Ramasun Camp History Museum (Udon Thani, Thailand), Charlermchai Kositpipat and Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Dr. Susan Brown
Commissioned by Centre d’Art ContemporainGenève for Biennale of Moving Image 2018
About the Artist
Born in 1986 in Thailand. Lives and works in Bangkok and New York. A visual artist, filmmaker, and storyteller, Arunanondchai employs his versatile practice to tell stories embedded in cultural transplantation and hybridity. His body of work merges fiction with poetry and offers synesthetic experiences engaged in a multitude of subjects primarily based on lives of family, friends, and colleagues as much as local myths. Surpassing a solitary artist, Arunanondchai is an avid collaborator who has worked on videos, performances and music together with an extensive list of people. Arunanondchai’s first video in a series of work, 2012–2555, arose from the ideas of death, rebirth and the fictionalization of time and was shown at MoMA PS1 in New York City (2014). Together with Arunanondchai’s twin brother Korapat Arunanondchai, the performance artist, boychild and artist Alex Gvojic, they produce a live performance to accompany the video installation as part of the Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1. In 2015, He exhibited PAINTING WITH HISTORY IN A ROOM FILLED WITH PEOPLE WITH FUNNY NAMES 3 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. In early 2018, Arunanondchai co-founded Ghost Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed to support a video and performance art series in Thailand entitled GHOST. He curated its inaugural series, Ghost:2561, during 11-28 October 2018, in Bangkok Thailand.
Born in 1984 in the USA. Lives and works in New York. Alex Gvojic is a New York-based environment designer and cinematographer. His work focuses on creating hyper-reality environments that blend video, lighting, and cinematic tropes to suspend the audience disbelief creating worlds that feels both familiar and foreign. By the transmutation of physical spaces, he explores the relationships between seeing and believing. His work has been presented at the Berlin Biennale, Palis de Tokyo, Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, ICA London, MOMA PS1, UCCA, MOMA Warsaw, and Stedelijk Museum. He has collaborated with artists Korakrit Arunanondchai, Ryan Trecartin, DIS, Xavier Cha, and Fatima Al Qadiri to create new platforms for audience engagement.