Short Description:

Landscape: Transmitting Thoughts consists of two complementary art installations, Path of Illusion and A Walk in the Landscape of Pigeons. Both pieces depict Sa-Nam-Luang, arguably the most significant, historical public space in Bangkok.

Path of Illusion was inspired by the existing lampposts that stand in an open field in front of the Grand Palace of Bangkok—a gathering place for all social classes in Thailand. A series of five sets of lampposts, at varied heights are set in a tapered line, creating a skewed perspective leading up to another space. A computer keyboard is incorporated into the base of each lamppost, allowing the viewer to convey typed messages. The lampposts convey moving advertising text messages in English or Thai. They are supposed to illuminate at night, but in this work, they serve to criticize the commercial world. Also, the “tapering off” effect of the lampposts suggests sight distortions and mass production in the commercial and materialistic world. The work represents the idealistic meanings of the word “light” under the influence of commercial advertising from consumerism.

A Walk in the Landscape of Pigeons represents the contrast between fleeting dreams and social values.  It is inspired by the common sequence of pigeons that flutter off when people walk close to them. This scene is recreated in still images printed on recycled Thai bank notes made of discards from the National Bank of Thailand. Each bunch of recycled notes contains 100 sheets of papers. The sheets are animated by a bank note counting machine and then recorded with sound and video. Together, with an installation of sculptural forms made of recycled bank notes, five video screens function automatically using sensors, and are placed at the entrance of the exhibition hall.  Prompted each time a viewer walks in the room, the screens show birds scattering from the nearest screen to the farthest one across the shuffling bank notes, symbolizing the fleeting dream of possessing plenty of money.

2004 “Landscape: Transmitting Thoughts”, The National Gallery,
Bangkok, Thailand