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Constellation of Dystopia

Artists on Violence and Injustice

Date : 20 Oct 2019

Time : 15.00 - 17.00

Where : BACC, Room 501

Duration : 2h

Representing : Thailand and Indonesia



Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina (Indonesia)

Teerawat Mulvilai (Thailand)

Moderator: Asst. Prof. Dr. Parichat Jungwiwattanaporn

Artists from two countries are brought together in this panel to discuss their research interests in exploring the issues of violence and political conflicts in Southeast Asian countries. Highlighting the panel are Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina who will not travel from Indonesia to Bangkok by plane, but will slowly travel by bus, boat, and on foot. They will collect evidence and objects in the journey and bring them to the panel to meet Teerawat Mulvilai, who has spent a year researching art and censorship in five Asian countries, and discuss the contemporary sociopolitical issues in SEA.



Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina (อินโดนีเซีย)

ธีระวัฒน์ มุลวิไล

Moderator: ผศ.ดร ปาริชาติ จึงวิวัฒนาภรณ์

ชวนสองศิลปินที่ออกเดินทางเพื่อเก็บข้อมูลประเด็นความรุนแรงและความขัดแย้งทางสังคมการเมืองในประเทศต่าง ๆ ของภูมิภาคเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ ไฮไลต์สำคัญคือ Irwan กับ Tita สองศิลปินที่ร่วมพูดคุยจะเดินทางจากอินโดนีเซียมากรุงเทพโดยไม่ขึ้นเครื่องบิน แต่จะมาช้า ๆ โดยนั่งเรือหรือรถ และเก็บหลักฐาน วัสดุที่เกี่ยวข้องกับประเด็นนี้ที่เขาพบเจอระหว่างทาง เพื่อนำมาพูดคุยในวันนี้ และ อีกหนึ่ง panelist คือคุณคาเงะ–ธีนะวัฒน์ มุลวิไล ได้รับทุนจาก ACC เพื่อการวิจัยประเด็น censorship ใน 5 ประเทศในเอเชีย คุยกันเกี่ยวประเด็น Contemporary ที่มาคู่กับสังคม ประวัติศาสตร์ และการเมืองใน SEA


About the speakers

Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina

are Jakarta-based self-taught artists. Their initial works focused on the issue of urban public space. As vagabond cosmopolitans, they have participated in residency programs in Japan, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Poland and Indonesia. They also participated in biennales and series of projects and exhibitions in Singapore, Taichung, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Copenhagen, Ålesund in Norway, Warsaw and Boston and several cities in Japan. They utilize their high mobility as the primary vehicle in their art practice. Their long-term project reflects the geopolitical clashes in Ring of Fire the Pacific Rim has encouraged the works to be connected with more complex issues relate to humanity, injustice and ecology.

Teerawat Mulvilai

A co-artistic director of B-Floor Theatre. He is a versatile theatre artist, who is also a performer, a dancer, and a director of physical theatre. His works combine fine arts and performing arts, seeking to critique the society and politics, addressing injustice, violence, and structural problems that impact people’s lives. He is hailed as one of the most critically and socially conscious directors of our time. In 2012, he was honored with Piti Silp Santhi Dhamma Awards for his outstanding and continuous work that promotes peace, democracy, and justice. He also has numerous experiences in internationally collaborations with various artists. Recently, he co-directed the final work of a 3-year (2016-2018) collaboration between B-Floor Theatre and a Seoul based physical theatre group; Momggol theatre, and won the 2019 IACT Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Movement-based Performance and Best Performance by an Ensemble. In 2018 he was chosen to receive the Silpathorn Award for Performing Arts by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture of Thailand.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Parichat Jungwiwattanaporn (Moderator)

is a former Dean of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, and currently an Assistant Professor at Thammasat University, Thailand. After spending over 16 years studying theatre arts and working in the USA, she returned to Thailand with expertise in both academic and artistic areas in theatre. As a researcher in theatre history and contemporary theatre in Thailand, she is well-known for her participation in “Criticism as an Intellectual Force in Contemporary Society” research project (1998-2012), in which theory and criticism of various arts forms in Thailand (theater, film, music, dance, and visual arts) intersects with a multidisciplinary theoretical framework (aesthetics, philosophy, and anthropology). In 2018, she completed the initial phase of a longitudinal research “Contemporary Theatre and Performance for Social Change in ASEAN: Case Studies”. Parichat’s academic interests include political theater/performance, theater/performance for social change, and contemporary theater/performance in Asia. Her publications include three co-authored books and two books on Thai contemporary theater and criticism as well as a number of articles.


Venue Information

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)

Opposite MBK and Siam Discovery, Rama I Rd.

Nearest station:

BTS National Stadium, Exit 3


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