NTU CCA Singapore is pleased to present the rough cut of A Certain Illness Difficult to Name (2018), a new film created by experimental filmmaker Taiki Sakpisit during his three-month residency at the Centre. Filmed entirely in Singapore, the work is a poetic meditation on states of transition, a spiritual quest imbued with a mysterious sense of malaise. Slowly panning over the landscape and pausing on enigmatic frames, the camera quietly leads the viewer on a visual and aural journey across different layers of emotional intensity. The preview of A Certain Illness Difficult to Name will be preceded by the screening of Trouble in Paradise, a short film realised in southern Thailand in 2017, shown in Singapore for the first time on this occasion.
A Certain Illness Difficult to Name, Singapore, 2018, 18min
Trouble in Paradise, Thailand, 2017, 13min
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist.
Taiki Sakpisit (b.1975, Japan) is a Thai artist and filmmaker based in Bangkok. In his films, he creates haunting evocations of memory through the repetition and manipulation of sequences that interweave found footage and archival material. Featuring compelling soundscapes produced in collaboration with sound designers, his works induces heightened and uneasy modes of spectatorship often related to the tumultuous socio-political climate in Thailand. Taiki’s most recent solo exhibition Until the Morning Comes took place at S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre, Bangkok, Thailand (2018) and his work has been presented at numerous exhibitions and international film festivals.
Image caption: Taiki Sakpisit, A Certain Illness Difficult to Name, 2018, digital film still. Courtesy the artist.