Please join on us on Thursday 26 September
from 19:00- 20:30 for a screening with curators May Adadol Ingawanij & Julian Ross. Doors open at 18:45, tickets are available here
ANIMISTIC APPARATUS: LANDSCAPE OF SPIRITS
This screening presents a selection of recent artists’ moving image from Asia and South America. These works tell stories of relations between land, place, spirits, and people. They stage encounters between humans and nonhumans, and they show the intimacy and intensity of entanglements of beings. Together they cast nonhuman beings as that which embody history, speculate futures, and tell their own stories.
Curated by May Adadol Ingawanij and Julian Ross
RECORDING OF A SCREENING FOR A SPIRIT (CHAO PHOR MOR DIN DAENG)
Tanatchai Bandasak, Thailand, 2015, 3 min
In April 2015 Tanatchai Bandasak traveled to Khon Kaen with media ethnographer Richard MacDonald to research the practice of mobile film projection as offerings to the spirits in and around the northeastern city. This is his recording of a projection performance to the spirit residing on the ground of Khon Kaen University colloquially known as Chao Phor Mor Din Daeng.
Tanatchai Bandasak (b 1984) studied at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, and École Nationale Supérieure D'ARTS Paris-Cergy, France. His work involves video, photography, found objects and installations and has been exhibited in National Museum (Bangkok), Tang Contemporary Art (Bangkok), Nova Contemporary (Bangkok), Ygree (Paris) and Kadist Art Foundation (Paris). His films have screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Recontres Internationales, WNDX Festival of Moving Image and Bangkok Experimental Film Festival. In 2019, he was artist-in-residence at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Singapore.
A MILLION YEARS
Danech San, Cambodia, 2018, 21 min
“A young woman relaxes at a riverfront restaurant with a friend. She recounts her past experiences, finding enchantment in the flows of the river and the trees on the mountains nearby. Strangely, she enters a parallel riverfront with a stranger. They recount stories of fear until she finds herself realizing her existence beyond time, space or reality.” Anti-Archive
Danech SAN (1991, Battambang, Cambodia) graduated in interior design and has worked in production on a variety of TV shows and films since 2014. With Anti-Archive, she worked on THREE WHEELS (Kavich Neang, 2015) as Production Manager, and DIAMOND ISLAND (Davy Chou, 2016) as Casting Assistant and Assistant Production Manager. A MILLION YEARS is her first film.
THE JUNGLE KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOU DO
Juanita Onzaga, Belgium/Colombia, 2016, 20 min
“Colombia is a land of ghosts. Two siblings roam these mystical landscapes in search of their dead father's spirit. Their journey takes them from Bogota to the Colombian jungle, through realms of thought and deep into their haunted dreams. Here they will find some answers and attract the unexpected company.” Juanita Onzaga
Juanita Onzaga is a Colombian-Belgian film director and cinematographer combining fiction, documentary and experimental elements in her films. She has a bachelor in direction of photography at IAD and a Master in audiovisual arts at Sint-Lukas Brussel in Belgium. Onzaga’s latest short film OUR SONG TO WAR premiered in 2018 at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Film Festival. In 2017, her short film THE JUNGLE KNOWS YOU BETTER THAN YOU DO win the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Berlinale in the section Generation 14plus, the highly acclaimed VAF Wildcard and other prizes, while being selected in festivals worldwide.
THE AGE OF ANXIETY
Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand, 2013, 14 min
Taiki creates an intense audio-visual space crystallising the fear of a nation as it approaches the end of an era. Abstract shapes and changing lights cut to a hyper rapid montage of fragments from Thai mythological films from the 1980s, and the punk sounds of Moth Drakula.
Taiki Sakpisit (1975) is a moving image artist working in Bangkok. His works explore the underlying tensions and conflicts, and the sense of anticipation in contemporary Thailand, through precise and sensorially overwhelming audio-visual assemblage using a wide range of sounds and images. His previous work A RIPE VOLCANO (2011) has been screened internationally at more than 40 film festivals and museums. He teaches at Silapakorn University and is shooting his first feature film THE EDGE OF DAYBREAK.
This event is part of the Rijksakademie Public Programme and the screening programme is developed in the framework of the curatorial project Animistic Apparatus
is a curator, researcher, and writer based in Amsterdam. He is a programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam; member of the selection committee at Locarno Film Festival;
research fellow for Animistic Apparatus at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media, University of Westminster; Lecturer at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS).
May Adadol Ingawanij
is a writer, curator, teacher, and Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Westminster. Animistic Apparatus
is her book and curatorial project and is supported by the British Academy’s Mid-Career Fellowship. Recent iterations of the project include a site based exhibition at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, and an artistic research lab and screening in Bangkok and Udon Thani.