JIANDYIN (Jiradej MEEMALAI and Pornpilai MEEMALAI )
Friction Current: Magic Mountain Project
We are strangers of the same old mountain and the same old river.
Magic mountain of Zomia, a complex topographical relief terrain, a strategic resource or talisman of highland people in which it creates space in the form of distance used as an avoidance of control from the state power, that could not reach its remoteness nonetheless. Such complex geography of steep mountain ranges, afar plains in the mysterious valleys was formed since the Precambrian era which continued until the Tertiary era during the Himalayas began to rise and resulted in the birth of the Southeast Asia continent.
The cosmic folklore of Zomia highland groups explains that the mountain is a land that wrinkled and sewn with special thread, intertwined region and continent together. In the geologic time, while the structural geology of the land was formed, it released dynamic of pressure, temperature and enormous friction. The process began since the beginning of the geological evolution, from primitive to the present.
In order to understand the geological evolution, we can study the phenomenon in the closed space or experiment in the laboratory to understand such primitive witnesses. However, this evidence of the important origins in the Precambrian era has found inside the rocks from the earth basement called jadeite, a precious and highly economic value gemstone known as "Heavenly Rocks". On the other hand, there is contemporary evidence which occurred through chemical invention in the form of crystal with equally great value that signifies a current condition of social metabolism system. Both evidences are significant effect of the relationship between power and benefit.
Friction Current: Magic Mountain is an artistic research project by jiandyin that focuses on the phenomenon caused by the resistance force toward the relative motion or friction current across the border between the Nation States and the Stateless of Zomia, based on evidences or two types of witnesses, namely the jadeite caused by metamorphic rocks with chemical elements NaAlSi2O6 and fluids or secretions from samples that contain chemical elements as C10H15N to metaphor the representation of genealogy paradigms and significantly links regional historical, sociopolitical, economic and cultural situations.
About the Artist
Collaborative interdisciplinary artists and curators team since 2002. They currently live and work in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Almost a decade, they have been developing work that approached with artistic research, field work, genealogically layered with references to multiple sources and evidence, forms and matters upon a wide range of disciplines and mediums, achieve through collaboration and social engagement. Jiandyin are interested in creating space/platform or situation to analyze relationships between man and society in relation to context and history of the place and space. They delve into complex, ambiguous universal and specific issues regarding the political conflict or effect on marginalized groups which is a paradox of nation-state.
Jiandyin’s solo-exhibitions include Portrait [Archives of Dialogue: Seeing and Being] Gallery Seescape, Chiang Mai, Thailand, The Ontology of Gold: Magic Mountains, Cartel Artspace, Bangkok, Thailand, in 2017. Biennales and exhibitions include 2019 Asian Art Biennial: The stranger from beyond the Mountain and the sea, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan. 2018 Kuandu Biennale: Seven Questions for Asia, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan. Thailand Biennale Krabi 2018: Edge of the wonderland, Krabi, Thailand. Re-Activation 9th Shanghai Biennale, Zhongshan Park Project, Shanghai Power Station of Art, Shanghai China. The Exotika 2013, Silpakorn Art Lab, Nakhon Pathom Thailand- Galerie Nord and Galerie M, Berlin, Germany.
Jiandyin are founders of Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts and Culture in 2011, a not-to-profit artist initiative that runs contemporary art and cultural, artist in residency, curatorial, interdisciplinary exchange and post-education programs for Nongpho community’s contemporary art and culture development and global networks.