THAITAI FEVER - STAGE TWO: The Politics(Drama)of a Certain Site
Artists : (Thailand) Jekky Suraporn Lertwongpaitoon, Tip Jaitip Jaidee, Top Prapat Jiwarangsan
(Taiwan) XU Jian Yu, CHEN Szu Han, LO Shih Tung
Curated by Pornpilai Meemalai, Jiradej Meemalai
November 1st - December 2nd 2012
Stage Two: The Politics (Drama) of a Certain Site attempts to extend the process and possibility of art practice and dialogue with space, which means the theme of site specific production. The concept of site in which we contemplate is not merely focused on a single location or physical and architectural installation, but gazes on time and reflects on the debates of the extending the meaning of site in the context of geography: past/present, history/fiction and authority/authorizing.
On the theme of site specific, OCAC invites three Thai artists, Jaitip Jaidee, Suraporn Lertwongpaitoon (Jekky) and Prapat Jiwarangsan along with three Taiwanese artists, XU Chien Yu, CHEN Szu Han, LO Shih Tong. Each Thai artist is connected to OCAC Bangkok in different ways, such as its location, space and naming. Artist Tip, who assists the owner of the building of OCAC Bangkok with building management, plays the role of spokesman and has close relation to the building. Artist Jekky, nick-named by himself for the reason of his origin of his Chinese mother’s side. In Thailand, Jek is also a discriminating term of
Chinese. The naming somehow associates with the current circumstance that Chinese in Thailand not only lives in China Town but everywhere. It is almost impossible to completely distinguish Thai and Chinese nowadays due to the intermingling between ethnic groups and cultural assimilation process. Artist Prapat is interested in the naming of OCAC. OCAC in Thailand is not known as an independent art space but an abbreviations for Office of Contemporary Art & Culture in Thailand, which is in charge of culture management and politics.
Apart from Thai artists, three Taiwanese OCAC artists, coming to Bangkok in different time, will bring together happenings, performances, events in the context of politics of the site, and construct a micro-political scene in the space.
OCAC BAANGKOK(OPEN-CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, Bangkok, Thailand
OCAC (OPEN-CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER)
Open-Contemporary Art Center (OCAC) is an artist-run space founded in Banciao (Taiwan) in 2001. Our tasks include curation, interdisciplinary exchange, art forum, study and publication. We believe that contemporary art permeates into our lives in a wider range than ever. People need a significant clue of “what is contemporary art?” with a full imagination. We look at this and attempt to dedicate ourselves to create diverse forms of which the public interacted with contemporary art.
OCAC has moved to Bangkok to run an art space named OCAC Bangkok (former ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY). This project was initialized by OCAC and Thai artists, Jiandyin (Jiradej and Pornpilai Meemalai), co-organized with the Art Centre of Silpakorn University, Sakarin Krue-On as project’s adviser and the space is contributed by Nopadon Kaosam-ang and Klaomard Yipintsoi. We believe that living locally and having interpersonal contact help us have in-depth understanding of Thai culture/art; and therefore, we can better assist Taiwanese artist in making art in Thailand. Meanwhile, OCAC Bangkok is not only a name of an art space but also a six- month residency project. We expect OCAC Bangkok to generate new dialogue between Thai and Taiwanese contemporary art and create networking.
It has been two months since the OCAC started to reside in the OCAC Bangkok. The opening exhibition, Stage One: We’re Open, showcased five Taiwanese artists and three Thai artists’ video works under the theme of narrative and restatement along with an in-situ collaboration work. After two months of residency in the outskirts of Chinatown, where OCAC Bangkok is located, they have discovered interesting textures in their surroundings. The road which shakes every time the buses pass, sex workers and flâneurs occupying street corners after dark, various kinds of vividness attract the eyes, arousing their curiosity about the locale.
Organizer: Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC)
Co-organizers: Art Centre of Silpakorn University
Adviser: Asst. Prof. Sakarin Krue-On
Director of OCAC: Hsu Chia-Wei, Lo Shih-Tung
Curators: Pornpilai Meemalai, Jiradej Meemalai
Project manager: Manipa Jayawan, Chen Szu-Han
Media Partners: Fine Art magazine, art4d magazine, ARTITUDE Space Contributor: Nopadon Kaosam-ang, Klaomard Yipintsoi Sponsors: TKS Chemical (Thailand)