Korakrit ARUNANONDCHAI & Alex GVOJIC (with boychild)



  • 〈No History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 5〉 , 2018, 3-channel video, installation (mixed seashells, tree branches, dirt, laser harp, hazer, resin cast of Arunanondchai’s grandfather’s hands, resin cast of boychild’s head, LED lights,

  • 〈No History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 5〉 , 2018, 3-channel video, installation (mixed seashells, tree branches, dirt, laser harp, hazer, resin cast of Arunanondchai’s grandfather’s hands, resin cast of boychild’s head, LED lights,

No History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names



In Korakrit Arunanondchai’s series, entitled, ... in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names, the artist attempts to reveal the shattered nature of reality through  a form of storytelling mediated by the physicality of bodies, while, at the same time, reflecting upon the relations between traditional“Thai”modes of thought, the natural environment, technological development, politics and culture. The work on view in this exhibition, No History in a room filled with people with funny names 5 is a collaboration between Arunanondchai  and Alex Gvojic, and it depicts the accidental trapping of a group of teenage soccer players and their coach in a cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in the summer of 2018.  The artists revisit and question how each person’s role in the event was shaped by the military and media, with the whole world closely following every step of  the developments as they unfolded. Another screen in the exhibition space is an edited selection from the archives of Arunanondchai’s, Gvojic’s and boychild’s collaborative performances  from the last 6 years. Here, in an open-space of storytelling, boychild plays the role akin to the Naga in the Thai animist tradition — a kind of present within a present; something that can be experienced but never kept.


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 Contemporain Genève  for Biennale of Moving Image 2018
 

About the Artist


Korakrit ARUNANONDCHAI

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.

 
Alex GVOJIC

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.