Here is a video showing an installation by Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai at Hong Kong’s K11 MUSEA.
The installation is entitled Painting with History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 3. It features a denim-patterned floor, a 20-minute video several painted and costumed mannequins and several large denim canvases featuring abstract shapes in vivid primary colors.
The artist blends themes of religion and pop culture and elements of autobiography and fiction to create a dream-like space that evokes different times and different states of reality.
For example some the mannequins sport Manchester United paraphernalia. In one scene in the the video component of the installation, the dedication of many Thai people to Manchester United is presented as being akin to religious devotion.
This artwork on the canvases was inspired by a controversial dance and body paint performance that the artist saw on Thailand’s Got Talent.
The denim-patterned floor represents a giant painting made to be seen from the point of view of a drone or a spirit looking downwards.
The gallery showcasing the colorful multimedia exhibit was tucked away at the end of a long tunnel leading to a car park and required a small entrance fee, so no one else was there. That gave me plenty of time to soak up the visuals and music.
The Video within the Intallation
The video part of the installation serves a dialogue between the artist and a spirit—called Chantri—which embodies the communication between artist and audience. Chantri is voiced in French by the artist’s mother, You can see excerpts of the video here:
You can view the entire collection of 51 photos:
- Why do you think the artist focused on denim as a material?
- What impression does the use of bright primary color give you?
- Do you think pop culture is taking over some aspects of religion? If so, in what ways?
Find a Barbie, Ken, GI Joe or similar kind of doll (If you have a lot of resources, you can use a mannequin!). Paint it and dress is in a costume that expresses your some aspect of your culture and/or beliefs.
~text and photos by longzijun
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