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I animate, therefore I am a teacher. I teach, therefore I illustrate. I illustrate, therefore I draw on my environment. In drawing on my environment, I am animated!

Friday, November 23, 2012

 An Interview by FAA TV students with me at the Displacement & Misplacement exhibition in Mahidol University 15th - 17th December 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Displacement & Misplacement in Ayutthaya National Art Museum

 The poster

The workshops 

The invitation

Displacement & Misplacement: Exhibition @Learning Resource Centre, Mahidol University

The poster for the show with Plai Wang

The invitation to the opening

 The brochure in  English and Thai

 The poster for the screening of 'Return to the Forest'
more info about the film on www.worldelephantday.org

Here is a link to the photos from the event which had over 600 visitors and raised 5500baht for the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation


Monday, June 11, 2012

A simplified abstract for the Memory Machine

The Memory Machine


This paper aims to explore mechanisms employed in recording and interpreting oral narratives and memory through the analysis of selected animated documentary texts of a biographical nature. Then from the analysis suggest possible methodologies which can work in constructing new animated documentaries, both for my own work developed from ideas inspired during the floods in Thailand 2011 and that can be used by my students.

It will explore issues of:
i)               materiality in terms of personal oral history with regard to memory, authentic representation and accountability.
ii)             materiality – with regard to issues of actual material loss and memorial loss caused by traumatic events
iii)            materiality - with regard to the construction medium chosen in representation of the message
iv)            the mechanics of creating a narrative from memories

As the nature of animated documentaries is so broad I have, for this paper, narrowed it to the sub category that most informs the work I am proposing for my own production. The texts selected for this analysis are subjective auto biographical and biographical works that encapsulate personal oral narratives from memories. This category offers an abundant choice of works to analyse as it is particularly suited to the animated form. For clarity in the analysis I have further sub-categorised it to Traumatic Memories (in terms of the retelling of a collectively experienced historic traumatic event from a personal perspective): Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman and Silence by Orly Yadin and Sylvie Bringass.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Theory, Process and Practice - Nam Tuam

The after math of the flood (Nam Tuam) has left much catching up to do, but gradually I am starting to form a structure for this study. During the flood time itself I started many drawings and sketches and I took many photos, which I will begin to collate here.
These were initially recording ideas spun from the events as they unfolded, but soon became a much needed distraction to keep busy and not dwell on the circumstances too much. Eventually I have started to collate the thoughts ideas and images into three areas:
1  Characters and Short stories inspired by monitor lizards in the flood - TingTong the Monitor Lizard
     Initially the flood at my house was within the previous levels experienced so I had decided to stay put in the house. Due to the rise in the water levels the large monitor lizard that is resident in the nearby woods began to appear much closer to the house...
First in the broken boat... then he emerged from under the pick up truck....

 These were the initial drawings based on the sightings. The character is a much maligned creature of the DtuaNuengDtuaThong, being a creature whose previous Thai name caused such offense (being a derogatory slang term against your mother) that they have been renamed 'Silver and Gold' and sightings are believed to bring good luck. This change of fortune is still a transition so many of his activities are misread as opportunistic misbehaviour rather than the altruistic activity of his intention. Therefore the apparent stealing of the car, is actually him moving it to higher ground for safety during the flood. And the stealing of the boat was him preparing the evacuation vehicle!
Later, when at Ban Phe I drew a few more images of him. The stories are developing... with some hep from my friends.

2  Portraits of the elephants from camping at Wat Phu Khao Thong. This started as sketches from 'life' at the time. Iwas camped for 5 weeks with 70 elephants all around me.

 And as time went on I started to paint there.

And since my return home is developing into a series of paintings which are in the process of being painted. I am experimenting with working on a number at the same time to build up  a series for exhibition. these are work in progress - the first 'layer' in in Paynes gray -

The common theme is the elephants with man made environment intruding into their world, the presence of Wat Phu Khao Thong, the overhead electrical wires or rubbish...
Two have been completed:
Peter's laughing shadow
Plai Wang's Post

3  The main events - collated initially in a graphic novel form - with a view to a animation at a later date.
This section will be the main area of the academic research. I aim to link my development and recording of this experience and research with the analysis, theories of Dr Paul Well's on narrative strategies and link ideas to the animated works of  Marjane Satrapi's 'Persopolis'

and with the 'Waltz with Bashir' by Ari Folman.

Both are exploring aspects of oral history, memory and representation. Both are recording experiences that deal with trauma and it's affects on our perception. The Nam Tuam was a collective experience of displacement and psychosis; a kind of madness in a surreal emotional and  physical dimension where absurdity became normality; this research is in some ways a process of retrieving some kind of sanity from the debris of the nam tuam. In trying to collect my thoughts I have started to unravel events in a visual narrative that is (at the moment anyway) appearing like a graphic novel. I had thought earlier this would be in the words of others... but my own experience has at this stage taken over as the narrator. This may develop or change as the story unfolds.