The Monologue Dialogue series has grown from a British Council initiated and funded residency and exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand. From then onwards a series of exhibitions have taken place in Bangkok and London with an evolving and expanding group of participating artists. The last exhibition was in 2014 at the BACC (the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre). The key focus for the artists has been to install or construct work in a space/gallery together and in some way to reflect on the transcultural nature of today’s discourse for artist
Monologue - Dialogue 4: Mysticism and Insecurity
The exhibition MD4 will be hosted in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX, whose progressive and enlightened reign has contributed to a powerful connection between Thai and British artists that will continue into future artistic dialogues between the two countries.
The title of the exhibition Mysticism and Insecurity can refer to perceptions of the mystical and magical nature of human life across all cultures; insecurity however can refer to the inability of art to fully express and realise these transcendent ideas for multiple reasons, primarily though because of the world’s materiality, because of materials being resistant, dragging against intentions even for the use of language, and symbolism. This resistance is what is most ecstatic and interesting, where the material itself whether it is paint, objects, performance or virtual media contains the magic and frailty of our existence by being resistant to manipulation. The one thing that unites us all is our materiality and a sense of ‘is-ness’.
We would like to thank The Royal Thai Embassy for their very generous support and the following: Slade School of Fine Art, Leeds College of Art, and UCL Global Engagement.
The Koppel Project
93 Baker Street
London W1U 6RL
The essay accompanying the exhibition, A reflection by Kai Syng Tan (UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, KCL) and Andrew Stahl (UCL Slade School of Fine Art)
Art in an Insecure Age, can be downloaded in pdf format:
low res version pdf (500kb)
high res version pdf (17MB)
The exhibition resulted from a residency and exhibition at Bangkok University and two years later in London supported by the British Council. The group of artists participating in the third exhibition evolved organically from the original group to include new artists that are interested in this kind of diverse, international and unpredictable dialogue.
The key words here are fragility and monumentality. This show is not an illustration of a theory or concept; it embraces the poetic, and uncertainty will sometimes surface. The show does not ask for simple conclusions but places the work on a platform for discussion. Much of the work reveals itself slowly; it does not contain an overriding manifesto but a rich multilayered complexity or soup of possibilities. Failure and ‘nothingness’ are key words in art and ones that can be embraced resulting in fragile and unexpected visions. Monumentality however is about presence, and can be about the awkwardness of being.
Andrew Stahl, Atsuko Nakamura, Be Takerng Pattanopas, Eric Bainbridge, Jedsada Tangtrakuwong, Miranda Housden, Nathaniel Rackowe, Neil Jeffries, Nipan Oranniwesna, Panya Vijinthanasarn, Tintin Cooper, Tuksina Pipitkul
The exhibition was widely covered in newspapers and magazines including:
- Bangkok Post interview with Andrew Stahl (‘Monologue/Dialogue 3 at the BACC’); Kaona Pongpipat;
- Bangkok Art Map(August Highlights);
- BK Magazine; Fine Art, ‘Fragility & Monumentality’;
- Expression Magazine;
- Vogue Thailand;
- Today Express;
- Art 4D November 2014 -Major review under ‘Views’ section
- L’Officie; November 2014 Discussing A Dialogue 8 pages of article combined with images by Julie Camdessus;
- World Sculpture News, November/December 2014 Steven Pettifor;
- Asian Art News November/December 2014 Steven Pettifor
On the day of the opening the exhibition was covered by a number of news channels. Over the next few days there followed a considerable number of TV and online interviews Here are some examples: