RAM Film Talk | The South to Come , Norms and Abnormalities in the Imagination
Jul 25, 2020 Saturday 19:00 - 21:30
RAM Station (No.185 Yuanmingyuan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, 1F Lyceum Building)
"Ten Years Thailand",an anthology of shorts with a common theme, allegorizes the 'present' about to come rather than an imagined future. In this work, the idea of time in the imagined 'future' does not stand alone in the period unarrived, but mingles with the 'past' and the 'present'. The King of Thailand, Thai armed forces, and the Oppositions have been fighting for Thailand's regime in the past two decades. In the meantime, the gap between urban and rural areas goes deeper along the futuristic modernization process in the Global South. By constructing a cognition towards the future of Thailand, this film builds its imagination on the urban scenario of high-density and high technologies and accuses the invasion of coup d'etat into our daily life.
The work consists of four independent episodes that present four relationships of form and content accordingly-military dictatorship & arts, feline allegory & state of exception, lighting installation & separation of powers, technological devices & daily life. These juxtapositions respond to the abnormalities and norms.
The second and third dystopian episodes bring us to the abnormalities of life. Ethnic differences and conflicts in the second episode reflect the 'state of exception' that Agamben argues. They are spread within spaces such as houses, streets, and the woods, becoming a new norm of daily life. The third episode borrows contemporary art installation, animation, and multi-media methods to present the absolute suppression of power in the future, trying to put surreal illusions and ceremonial into the narrative of future's norms.... Read More
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