Faith And Fairy Tales: New Media Art For Thailand

Faith And Fairy Tales: New Media Art For Thailand
Substantial (2013), a mixed-media installation by Kaensan Rattanasomrerk.

Faith And Fairy Tales: New Media Art For Thailand is an examination of the varied elements of faith and culture shaping Thai society today, as well as the threats it currently faces.

Independent curator Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani selected eight young Thai artists for this exhibition presented by the Nanyang Technological University's School of Art, Design and Media.

She says the co-existence of various religious beliefs, as well as folk tales and myths is constantly being challenged with the openness of society and the impact of technology.

Where: ADM Gallery, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, 81 Nanyang Drive
MRT: Pioneer
When: Today - April 17, 10am - 5pm (Mon - Fri), noon - 5pm (Sat), closed on Sun & public holidays
Admission: Free
Tel: 6513-8679
Info: ADMevents@ntu.edu.sg

1 GHOST OF ASIA, 2005

By Christelle Lheureux and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, two-channel digital video, colour, sound, 81/2 minutes

This two-channel video is a celebration of life and imagination. It was shot after the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand's coast. To give hope when all was lost, the film-makers invited three children to imagine a ghost who still lives around the sea shore. In the movie, the children can order the ghost around. It is a nod to simple pleasures such as being allowed to have our own way, including having a ghost at our beck and call.

2 THE TEMPTATION, 2009

By Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, single-channel video, colour, sound, 30 minutes

Thamrongrattanarit majored in Chinese at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University. A self-taught director of short films, he is the co- founder of Third Class Citizen, a Thai film and video activist group. His video work, The Temptation, questions how the Middle Path in Buddhist philosophy can allow hatred and revenge. It looks at the parallel reality that exists in a land where Buddhism is practised.

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