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TARS is a gallery based in Bangkok showing contemporary art.
The gallery produces works from International artists, established and emerging and has recently launched a residency program to stimulate the production of the invited artists within a new working context.
Bruno Silva Noite - Artist in residency 28/05/16 until 22/07/16
For the Bangkok Biennial
Dutem Schwöllen and New-territories
07/07/18 until 22/09/18
Opening 07/07/18 at 6pm until 10 pm
Welcome to a game where the rules have been erased. The martyr of the aesthete acts as a trigger… “Mister,” the ‘Cat’ is away…in a curating-non-curating-moody posture… so… we dance in farandole formation, in the innocence of play…. Now… only now / welcome to ‘dangerous methods’ at the wheel … We are not guilty… neither in thought nor in action … an immunity and a wild card begin their circulation … flickering fire, exorcise that daemon … to erect some sand castle from where we scream, rumble and spit on the passerby … We are not guilty… we’re holding the cards … immunity and a wild card. Acting in the isolation and cruelty of the two-faced teenager, the forbidden is forbidden… No resentments at our stage of pre-pubescence, we could shoot kittens, pull legs off spiders, emasculate our daddies, find refuge in the darkness of our confusion, cruising zombies and elves and clowns ...fleshy monstrosity oozing erotic toxins…no matter….intricacy of nightmares flexing morning wood/clito-tumescence … bed sheets cling, as a flag…our innocence … clad in battle tunics with no cavalry …
Just say no to norepinephrine… sensation of pleasure.
We eat greedily, gagging and vomiting spasmophilically, ad-nauseum…compliances, teachers, institutions … every clerk who framed the legitimacy of the order, the order of the discourse, and the discourse of the master…
“In-mature-Limbo”…. it proceeds by variation, expansion, conquest, recycling, adapting, capturing, embracing, tweaking... It is a connection to sexuality, anima mundi, photomorphogenesis, terra mater, affairs of cities, artifice, machines and bits... like a thousandth plateau... it means discovering continuous areas of intensities pulsating all by themselves and evolving by avoiding being directed toward a culminating point or external end, a little war machine, an automatic pistol of combinations, associations... assemblage in vivo that’s a lot more incisive than innovation in vitro... It operates like so many “dream machines,” pitted against the methods, messianisms, and mercantile theories of happiness, the natural state privatized and re-primitivized, symbols, progress. When everything has once and for all suddenly descended into ‘anything goes,’ the deep freeze, urban guerilla warfare, and the rest of the whole shamozzle, there remains that sixth sense, nerve endings and defensive reflexes.
“In-mature-Limbo’’ is an inter-zone, where you are welcome to cross, share, borrow, corrupt, caress…
There is a reality principle that doesn’t seek to be right against the daily disorder, but walks gaily over its ashed ruins. It lives in broad daylight, not in the shadows, because the shadows are a refuge for jumpy activists living in the comfort of their ideals... clowns, as Zizek calls them.
It doesn’t illustrate destruction or violence, but is a state of things, a palpitation between Eros and Thanatos. It isn’t there to reproduce what is, or to eliminate its existence, its precondition, its affects... “Nostalgia is a weapon,” wrote Douglas Coupland in Generation X. The word still circulates, the sentiment too, we’re going to have to wheel it out again, push it into the very heart of whatever situation, like a hesitation of time’s arrow, here and now, here and elsewhere, elsewhere but not just anywhere, avoiding the futurist past as much as the positivist future...
Quite the opposite...
And anyway, why would “It” be more moral, why would it have some right over the whole collection of good wishes and good consciences? There are so many people who are happy to carry morality’s flag, their legion, as numerous and powerless as petty criminals.
New-Territories / Dutem Schwollen / bkk 2018
Dutem Schwöllen, Tiger Hunt
As a figurative series, these reprographic prints accompany the artist͛s Dirty Dancing (2017-2018) stereoscopic videos (also on view at TARS), and demonstrates a core practice around the artist͛s Transmutation of Medium.͛ Deliberately using relief sculpture and color luminescence, modeling of form is rendered in unpredictable ways, with the intention of illusion at the fore. Central to the narrative, these depictions of tiger hunts (both graphic and animated) set the stage for the whole work. Will he live? How did he get there? Who will come to his rescue?
Dutem Schwöllen, Zombies are coming.jpg,
These prints were extracted from the video/lecture fragment, Azalea (2018), and again are a culmination of a series of drafts, all in different media, coming to form one image or scene. Sculptures are scanned and modelled digitally. As well, at the beginning of every portrait in the scene is a paper mesh, a "relief mask that recalls theatre", as Schwollen put͛s it, that has been carried forward into successive sculptural and installation works also on view at TARS. At this point in the narrative, we meet this crowd of zombies, once biotechnology engineers, making their way into the city through mass transit. Was their research the cause of their transformation? From what scene of carnage have they just fled?
New-Territories is a polymorphous architecture organization. Founded in 1993, it has embraced different labels, names, strategies and purposes. New-Territories is fronted by the androgynous avatar, trans-gender avatar, _S/he_, who authorized Francois Roche to write, talk and teach on his/her behalf, as a PS / personal secretary, an Ariadne’s wire of this ectoplasmic system and paranoiac mind. New-Territories opened a Lab in Bkk, in 2012, with research in political-sciences/fiction,disruptive robotic, but architecture… Main exhibitions - Venice Biennial 2018-14-12-10-08... / Chicago Biennial-Istanbul Biennial 2015 / Echigo Tsumari (Japan) july 2018 / including solo and group shows at MAM-SFMOMA-ICA-Frac_Orleans-Barbican-Tate_Modern-Mori_Tower-Mudam-Columbia University-…among many others... Web site / http://www.new-territories.com/
New-territories, the MIKA SHOW
101 _mythomaniaS / Disruptive identification / Daily Psycho-routine
year: 2017 location: New-Territories / Bangkok pathology: _disruptive identification prop: 1.5x1x1.5m / 300 kg Rubber Fiber Concrete / special chemistry New-T / topographic scanning sensors in real time / disruptive trajectories / multiple feed-back / heuristic approximations. duration: 5:00 / pitch:| Childish innocence & cruelty | transfer & identification | Lewis Carroll illusion as a part of the game | overlapping realities | isolated altered mind sheltered |
A little girl // plays with her toys in her room / She believes / as is customary / dolls are alive / But as the child / she is in control of this illusion / She instructs the dolls and robots / Dolls gone wild / both Pygmalion / by-passing the ‘’illusion’’ signal to control the robot scripture G-CODE / and dirt sardonically / The little girl pouts and reprimand the dolls in their hysteria // but as the game enrolled / she enter the realm of the doll house / through some kind of rabbit-hole crack // the three innocent witches could play again / an endlessnessless game
CREDITS ; from a concept by New-Territories, Francois Roche , M4 with RMIT University, 2017 / Editing / Yurgos Hussen / Actress / Mika Tamori / Scenario-Fabrication-Shooting / Gwyll Jahn / George Mollett / Guillermo Marquez Musso / Krystal Rawnson / Austynn Machado / Daniel Anderson / Troy Borg / James Morton / Madeleine Di Salvo
New-territories, Coitus Interruptus
101 _mythomaniaS / Self-Mutilation / Daily Psycho-routine
year: 2018 location: New-Territories / Bangkok pathology: _ Mental Castration / prop: 1x1x0.7m / 20 kg PP / topographic scanning sensors in real time / Gravity logic-illogic / disruptive trajectories / multiple feed-back / heuristic approximations. duration: 5:00 / pitch:| Frustration & Libido | ID_Ego_Super Ego in conflict | Mental emasculation | masochism contract | de-sexual temptation | the “Joy” in the missing act, missing desire, reversing the mirror stage psychoanalytic pathology.
…a man and an object, a man-object, as knick-knack on the chimney…with all his parts around, dispersed: flesh, feet, penis, libido____dismembered… as the inverse of stage of mirror, losing his unity, subversion of the masculine subject, voluntary trapped in the amnesia of desire…in a situation of re-arrangement, re-assembling…beyond frustration…an infinite possibilities of castration…caressing his eros-tanatos…condition. Educated as a predator, by western machismo routine… he is in the situation to surrender, abandoning his superb… shifting its representation…thanks to the transaction of the lady boy he abused, few years ago…to help him face his affective and sexual despair, as a casual pathology…He came initially in Bangkok to re-acquire the “legitimate” compensation of what he lost, or more precisely, what he never met, in his mishmash of pre-pubescent romanticism delusion…to…now …surrounded by his petrified semen…negotiate a subjective emasculation, escaping from previous vain agenda, from drive and suppression…to reach the un-raped grail…questioning as a white male the contours of his ID... …For a drift through his new toys / Lacan, Jacques. "The Mirror Stage…" /// Gilles Deleuze. ‘’ Empirisme et subjectivité” /// Jean Francois Lyotard “libidinal economy” /// Paul Beatrix Preciado “Pornotopia”
CREDITS ; from a concept by New-Territories, Francois Roche , M4 with RMIT University, 2018 / Actors / Tom _ Japanese Expat / Thai Lady boy / Dom / Crew RMIT / Ting Zhang / Nick Nikolovsky / Leyla Millis / Georgia Mc Cole / Cemre Bayatlier / Partner: Caitlyn Parry / New-Territories / Serge Delire / Assistant / Vong Wongkillalerd / Robotic Partner / Francois Roche / Thanks to Vivian Mitsogianni (RMIT) / Mika Tamori / & Samsara…
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