Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Ripe Volcano ready to blow in Bangkok

Filmmaker and visual artist Taiki Sakpisit and sound artist Yasuhiro Morinaga collaborate on A Ripe Volcano (ภูเขาไฟพิโรธ), an art installation that opens this week at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

Taiki previously did the short film/art video I Did Not Dream Last Night/Looking in God's Eyes.

A Ripe Volcano is "an allegorical revelation where Bangkok becomes a site of mental eruption and the emotionally devastated land during the heights of terrors, primal fears, trauma, and the darkness of time."

A Ripe Volcano revisits the Rattanakosin Hotel, the site where the military troops captured and tortured the civilians, students and protesters who were hiding inside the hotel during the Black May of 1992; and Ratchadamnoen Stadium, a Roman-amphitheatre-styled Muay Thai boxing arena, which was built in 1941-45 during the Second World War and since then has become the theatrical labyrinth of physical and mental explosions.

There's a trailer at YouTube and embedded below. Watch it full screen and turn up the sound. The multi-channel video and sound installation opens on Thursday at the BACC in the fourth floor studio, and runs until March 6.

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