Rockbund Art Museum 上海外滩美术馆

The South to Come, Norms and Abnormalities in the Imagination 未来南方,想象中的反常与日常

Event Information

Date: 25 July 2020
Time: 11:00 13:30
Venue: RAM Station
Speaker: Cao Xuefei
Language: Chinese


日期: 2020年 7月 25日
时间: 11:00 13:30
场馆: RAM空间站
主讲人: 曹雪菲
语言: 中文

About the Event 关于活动

"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.

The first and last episodes are linked up with everyday life. Apichatpong keeps the elements of sleep and machine and introduces technologies into daily life. Going with the flow of time, the future is turned into the present through imitation.

This lecture will be given along the narrative of Thailand's politics, modernization, and imagination of its future, to explore the relationship between the norms and the abnormalities.