KORAKRIT ARUNANONDCHAI, BOYCHILD, AND ALEX GVOJIC: TOGETHER

When 12 Nov 2019 - 13 Nov 2019
Where HARLEM PARISH
258 W 118TH ST
NEW YORK, NY
United States

For the Performa 19 Biennial, New York and Bangkok based artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, in collaboration with boychild, Bonaventure, Alex Gvojic, and Aaron David Ross, will present a performance in the form of an invented reality, collapsing oral storytelling and local mythologies into Thailand’s complex history with the American military, national policies and Buddhist kingship. Working across painting, video, sculpture, installation, and performance, Arunanondchai addresses multicultural history and commercialism through the lens of a cultural transplant. The artist is best known for his labyrinth-like, durational environments and videos in which viewers are immersed in a fever of images, juxtaposing technology and animism to form an eerie yet visually compelling world that addresses questions of humanity and collective emotions.

In his non-linear storytelling style, Arunanondchai will create a soundscape within an environment based on Ghost Cinema, a post-Vietnam War ritual in Thailand where outdoor screenings function as communions between the audience and the spirits. Introduced by American soldiers stationed in Thailand who screened films in the forests, creating enigmatic projections which locals attributed to ghosts, the appropriation of the ritual by locals reflects the rich history of military coups and their effect on local folklore and rituals.

November 12 8:00 pm → 9:00 pm
November 13 6:00 pm → 7:00 pm

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