This is a recent piece I wrote on the astonishing videos of Bangkok-based artist Taiki Sakpisit. I got intrigued by the way he uses montage and repetition, especially in later work, to evoke the sense of risk and urgency in Thailand’s collective present, while at the same time staying true to the necessity of the aesthetic to withhold from presenting simplistic meaning.
The piece was originally published in the Jan-Mar 2013 issue of the excellent Southeast Asia cinema magazine Cinematheque Quarterly.
Taiki’s videos are beginning to circulate internationally among artists cinema sites rather than the mainstream film festival setting. Next month a new work The Age of Anxiety – whose Thai title, by the way, is divine – will show at Future Perfect gallery in Singapore. Between 12-14 July, Future Perfect’s hosting a special three-day presentation of touring programmes from the 2012 Bangkok Experimental Film Festival.
Earlier in the Spring, Taiki’s A Ripe Volcano was selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul as part of his film programme for the 11th Sharjah Biennial.
Follow this link to Taiki’s website. And this one to Cinematheque Quarterly. They’re a bit slow to update but you’ll find PDFs of old issues of the magazine with articles on a whole range of Southeast Asia’s cinemas, old and new.
May Adadol Ingawanij