Short Description:

Dwelling in Perennial Dreams is an interactive installation that invites the audience to imagine caring for orphaned babies in Thailand. Several cradles, each holding two TV monitors placed screen side up, play videos of the upper and lower part of a baby sleeping. Each baby sleeps for 15 minutes, then wakes up and cries. The audience participates by rocking the cradles to put the babies back to sleep. The audience can also wake the baby up if they make a loud noise; sensors pick up noises from the audience and trigger the babies to wake up. Furthermore, one crying baby can wake the other babies, showing how we are all interconnected in a community. Waking is a metaphor for the rough awakening to the reality of life. Sleeping is one of the most essential things for the physical and mental development of a baby. If the audience helps the babies sleep, they will acquire a sound mind and body in their later lives. While sleeping is a necessary part for babies to grow up physically and mentally, the work aims to have the babies perpetually sleep, thus preventing them from facing the real world. This contradictory discourse is the subject of the artwork. By pacifying the babies, the audience is simultaneously calming and oppressing them.

The artwork is derived from a popular Thai lullaby about two species of birds, reinterpreting the story in an interactive installation in which the orphaned Thai babies are taken to another land.

2011 “Dwelling in Perennial Dreams”, Location One, New York, USA
(Individual Exhibition)
2010 RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Rhode Island Convention Center,
Providence,  Rhode Island, USA