Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
Loi Krathong is a ceremony which combines a number of beliefs in the act of worshiping the goddess of the river. Taking place on the night of the full moon during the twelfth month of the lunar calendar, the origin of this ceremony is still a mystery.
Some believe the ceremony is held in order to ask for forgiveness from Pra Mae Khongkha (the river goddess) for the damage and pollution caused to the river on a daily basis. Some allow their misfortune to float away while asking for their wishes to be granted.
This project sets out to reflect the changes in people’s attitudes towards the Chao Phraya River in present day Thailand. Through the ceremonial festival of Loi Krathong, we will observe the change of attitudes and also reflect the faded importance of the river (and the Loi Krathong’s philosophy) in the life of younger generation Thais. Especially after the time of dramatic floods in Thailand during October and November 2011, when so many lives were affected by the river, what will the people wish for on Loi Krathong? What kind of apology can possibly be given to the river after such a strong demonstration of her natural powers of revenge?
Curated by: Apisak Sonjod
Based in Thailand at the Silpakorn University, Faculty of Music, Anothai Nitibhon and Jean-David Caillouët have collaborated in many projects involving sound, visuals and performance. With their background in musical composition and sound design, they co-compose and curate ranges of creative works including compositions, improvisations, and installations.
Working together with a group of students, they explore possibilities in using sound to express a discourse relating to social issues in Thailand. Their curatorial projects involve the exhibitions “Sounding Confusion” (2010) at Chiang Mai University’s Art Gallery discussing the understanding of contemporary sonic phenomenon among younger generation Thais. The “Echoes I/II” (2011/ 2012) exhibitions at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) were focused on the use of sound and visuals to reflect changes in Thai society.