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Artist-in-residence

The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.

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Taiki Sakpisit

Residency period

1 October –20 December 2018

About

Taiki Sakpisit (b.1975, Japan) is a Thai artist and filmmaker based in Bangkok. He applies his cinematic skills to create haunting evocations of memory through the repetition and imperceptible manipulation of images that interweave found footage and archival material. Featuring rich soundscapes produced in collaboration with a sound designer, his films produce heightened and uneasy modes of spectatorship that often relate 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, screenings, and film festivals.

Focus

Over the course of the residency, Taiki Sakpisit plans to develop A Certain Illness Difficult to Name, an installation that addresses instances of trauma and violence embedded in the process of nation building in Singapore and Thailand through the lens of an individual's point of view. Looking at historical events through the eyes of a single character is an intentional strategy aimed to personalize and humanize history while, at the same time, composing an allegory of collective torment. Having so far mostly produced experimental short films, Taiki aims to use the space of the studio to test a more complex visual and aural installation that can elicit the sensorium of the viewer and trigger out-of-body experiences.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: A Certain Illness Difficult to Name by Taiki Sakpisit (Thailand), Artist-in-Residence
11 Dec 2018, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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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.

 

BIOGRAPHY

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.