Whitney Screens:
Korakrit Arunanondchai's Painting With History In A Room Filled With People With Funny Names 3

FRI, May 1, 2020
7 pm

Online, live-streamed on Vimeo

Engage with video art in the Whitney's collection while you’re at home with Whitney Screens. Every Friday, we’re featuring special screenings of video works recently brought into the collection, all by emerging artists, in keeping with the Whitney’s long tradition of supporting artists at the beginning and during key moments of their careers.

Painting With History In A Room Filled With People With Funny Names 3 is the third film in Korakrit Arunanondchai’s ongoing Painting with history series, which investigates the entanglement of spirituality, technology, nature, and memory. The film weaves together shots of its protagonist, a Thai denim painter played by Arunanondchai, with performance documentation, appropriated media, and drone footage. Throughout the film, two narrators speaking in Thai and in French, reflect on the impetus to document and share. In a drone sequence filmed at Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple, one of the narrators proposes that “heaven is a simplified version of the world recorded in high definition.” Arunanondchai raises questions about the recording and dissemination of information, and the veracity of shared knowledge, especially in an era characterized by increasing interconnectedness.

This screening will present Painting With History In A Room Filled With People With Funny Names 3 in its entirety, with an introduction by Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator. The video will remain on Vimeo for 24 hours.

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