@ Open Signal ︎Portland, Oregon
Photography by Sam Gehrke
Karmic I is a four-part multimedia project that materializes as texts, lesson plans for youth, community events and a series of videos about Thai ghosts in media.
The artist opens up about a huge influence in her life: a 90’s Thai ghost soap opera TV show that her grandmother puts on in the morning to wake her up for school. The show’s storyline features a staple of Southeast Asian ghost folklore, phi Krasue, a vampiric cannibalistic floating head of a woman with hanging organs, terrifying a rural village. Too young to understand, yet affected anyway, the artist traces her steps to investigate what exactly creates “a monster,” and what psychological structures and social control they enforce.
This projected was supported by the 2018 New Media Fellowship at Open Signal in Portland, OR.
In this installation, the artist projected time delay clips of contemporary Thai horror movies (i.e.: Shutter, The Promise, Nang Nak, Ghost Mother) and her own performances and reinterpretations of horror.
This projected was facilitated by a Thai art historian, curator and academic, Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol.