Monday, July 9, 2012

Apichatpong-a-rama: A giant ghost in a German park

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, collaborating with his partner  Chaisiri Jiwarangsan, moves into the realm of sculpture with The Importance of Telepathy, a 5-meter-tall statue that's being exhibited in Karlsaue Park in Kassel, Germany, until September 16, as part of dOCUMENTA (13),  2012

A video posted by Thorsten on Vimeo is embedded above.

And there's another one on
YouTube, embedded below, though I think it would be better without the musicial accompaniment.

According to the YouTube posting, the sculpture is in memory of "the victims of political violence in Thailand".

More about the ghost statue can be found in a Bangkok Post article, in which Apichatpong is quoted as saying:

"Film is transient, an illusion. The belief of phantoms I have is very concrete, so I solidified it. It may be seen as a haunting object."

Meanwhile, the international competition jury that Apichatpong is heading at Switzerland's Locarno Film Festival is growing. South Korean director Im Sang-soo the international competition jury and Malaysia's Ho Yu Hang as part of the Filmmakers of the Present jury. The jury will also include Pulp Fiction producer Roger Avary, and film critic Dennis Lim is part of panel picking the best film from a new director. the Locarno fest runs August 1 to 11.

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