A site specific installation set in the house and coconut plantation of Lung Bao, a popular Yao Noi resident famous for his sweet young coconuts.
Pratchaya Phinthong takes viewers on a journey beckoning them to reconsider the own points of view. By composing together different elements from everyday life, the often overlooked and taken for granted become imbued with personal, social and cultural connotations far beyond its simplistic appearance. “Friends of Petch” is a site specific installation that brings together the outtakes of a student-made film about a new student making friends in a new school. The relationship between the foreign and the local is played out on a television screen, which was selected by Lung Bao, a local coconut plantation owner who before this, had no notion of what a television was although he has often been the subject of many television interviews. With his work the artist has not only broken the barrier between subject and content but has also broken away many preconceived notions of how one can choose to see things.
Pratchaya Phinthong is an artist, he resides in Bangkok but is originally from the Northeast of Thailand. His work is currently being exhibited as part of the The Ungovernables show in at the New Museum in New York City. Phinthong studied at Bangkok’s Silpakorn University and later Frankfurt’s Stadelschule he is one of the next generation of Thailand’s contemporary artists. His site specific installation at last year’s Jim Thompson Art on Farm and his community piece with motorcycles at the BACC in Bangkok are 2 notable works.
“no fire, no ash” by Rirkrit Tiravanija in collaboration with Arto Lindsay
It started with the journey through an uncleared path of leaves through the jungle led by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Arto Lindsay. A moving ceremony initiated by Rirkrit Tiravanija where permission was sought from the ancient tree to perform, a candle and incense were lit. Next to the Big Tree was a blank screen set to one side lit by the afternoon light that broke through the branches of the trees.
Rirkrit Tiravanija proceeded to set up the 16 mm projector with a reel of film, Andy Warhol’s Empire (on loan from MoMa, one of the 10 reels present) as Arto Lindsay proceeded to prepare his electric guitar, to remove it from its cover and place it by the Tree. Everything was ready for a performance, a screening of Empire and an Arto Lindsay set in the jungle.
The pair then walked to the blank screen, there is a ladder, they continue with spray cans in their hands, to spray in black a round shape reminiscent of what one sees before a film begins, the numbers, the countdown, 10 to 1. In a normal circumstance, something would switch on, there would be an image, there would be sound. The image here was of 2 men spray painting a screen and finally, as one watches, listening to the sounds of crickets, the wind rustling the leaves of the trees, the faint buzzing sound when black ink is released from the nozzle and the occasional shaking of the spray can bottle, there is “no fire, no ash” written in black on the white screen.
Rirkrit Tiravanija is an artist of Thai origin; he resides between New York City and Chiang Mai.
Arto Lindsay is a musician and artist; he resides in Rio de Janeiro.
We are really proud of our raft … it is baking in the sun at the moment in Yao Noi as it prepares for its next journey and to make its way back to the Village. It is one of the collaborations which we initiated, this time with Ole Scheeren. It is one of the collaborations which our foundation, the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Foundation presided by Nat Sarasas, Chomwan Weeraworawit and Apichatpong Weerasethakul that we presented at Film on the Rocks Yao Noi. It was worth Chomwan’s trips to Beijing despite the cold. Thanks to Lenny Wong who was on ground with Win and also K Anuwat for supervising the building by the local fishermen.
It was truly magical, like going back to Never Land …
Message in a Bottle” is a concept created by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Tilda Swinton. The Film Programme was curated from these Messages, thus the participants will build the first edition of Film on the Rocks Yao Noi.
Our Curators asked their friends who attended Festival to bring a Message in a Bottle, which can be anything; a film, a book, a painting etc. that floats in their minds perpetually. It can be old, new, short or long. The book and film will be preserved in the “Message in a Bottle Library”.
Some Messages were also included in the Film Programme of the 3 nights. This created a diverse mix of personal, experimental and narrative film selections.
recorded on 12 3 2012. on the island of Yao Noi.Thailand. this storm nearly put payed to my concert on The Archipelago Cinema @ Film on the Rocks. We prayed. I watched the storm come in, and leave. Life and sounds shone again. I played the concert which accompanied the 1924 version of Peter Pan. Gun, played the local long drums. I played my mac, Ipad, Yamaha piano, and water bottle. I also represented Captain Hook, on vocals.the moon shone down.