"HD helps us come closer to the spiritual beings we long to meet,” Korakrit Arunanondchai observes. Spirits live through our videos and machines: phone cameras that capture sightings of mythical creatures, drones that act as ghostly eyes in the sky.
In A Machine Boosting Energy into the Universe, Korakrit explores the togetherness of human, machine, and spirit in 21st century Bangkok, a city where animistic energies and advanced technologies co-exist in everyday life. The exhibition centres around the artist’s iconic large-scale video installation, Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3 (2015-16) from the Singapore Art Museum Collection. Visitors will enter an environment resembling a postapocalyptic wasteland, with used electronics, auto parts, and clothing that have been refashioned into cyborgian figures. Korakrit invites us to be together, not only among humans, but also in communion with machines and ghosts.