Ghost 2565: Live Without Downtime – Announcements

Phantom is a video and performance art series set in Bangkok, Thailand.

Next Ghost: 2561 (October 11-28, 2018) hosted by Ghost co-founder Korakrit Arunanondchaithe second edition Ghost 2565: Living Without Downtime Organized by Christina Li takes place from October 12 to November 13, 2022 at venues across Bangkok.

Ghost 2565: Living Without Downtime highlights untold stories of characters and places caught in the chasms created by the incoherence and tensions of contemporary life. A response to the specific context of Bangkok, Ghost 2565 brings together multivalent presents, pasts and futures that attempt to define a phantasmagorical city in resistance to homogeneous narratives. The caption is translated from the line “live without time” spray-painted on a wall of the Sorbonne in Paris in May 1968, pointing to the collective state of comatose conformity to capitalism as society had become a monstrous accumulation of shows and merchandised experiences. Faced with the totalizing power of representation, how can we disrupt the forces that lull us into an empty existence?

This second edition occupies the glitch produced by an out of sync space and time and the conflicting visions of an amorphous city in flux. From inside the fabric of Bangkok, Ghost 2565: Living Without Downtime forges a space for mutual learning by bringing together the perspectives of established and emerging artists and practitioners from Thailand, the wider region and beyond, connected by shared urgencies and struggles across temporalities and geographies. Parts of the exhibition take place in once deserted locations in the city’s historic center, where the hegemonic forces that ushered in modern Thailand continue to haunt current realities and dormant futures. The three-year series inspires audiences to establish and inhabit existing frameworks towards other knowledge and possible futures and to produce new forms of life. By searching for alternative narratives that reside in the crevices, this multidisciplinary platform catalyzes a collective act to reclaim disinherited time and space to explore the subjectivities, untold stories and shared visions that may emerge.

Participating artists

Ghost 2565 features animated image works by Meriem Bennani, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, Ozgür Kar, Lap-See Lam, Li Shuang, Diane Severin Nguyen, James Richard, Shen Xin, Wu Tsang with Tosh Basco, and Natasha Tonteyand two new film installations by Chantana Tiprachart and Tulapop Saenjaroen.

A variety of live events occur throughout the month-long festival. They include a joint lecture-performance by Rabih Mroué and Hito Steyerl, and commissioned pieces that respond to the historical and urban setting of Bangkok, namely a series of audio walks by Orawan Arunraka musical architectural intervention by Pan Daijingand a nocturnal rendezvous around dreams and collective eating imagined by Koki Tanaka.

Performance dates:
October 15, 20, 23: Orawan Arunrak, Walking rituals2022
October 22: Pan Daijing, Uncut (working title)2022
November 9, 10: Koki Tanaka, Eating an apple during a lucid dream2022
November 13: Rabih Mroué and Hito Steyerl, Possible title: Zero probability2012

Public program
In addition, regular events take place, ranging from lectures to artist talks to screenings at the Maison that highlight Phantom 2565 themes. The program will be announced on website and social networks. To Ghost 2565: House, visitors gather for meals, drinks, fireside chats, DJ sessions, workshops, and other public programs. At home, Wendy’s Wok World—a character-driven alter-ego culinary project—is in residence and focuses on the culinary heritage of the neighborhood’s Chinese diaspora communities. During the weekly public broadcasts, the hosts will adopt an alternative pedagogy that recognizes embedded stories and adds even more layers to the tales on display.

Another impetus for imagining other subjectivities and realities that elude us is the accompanying collection of Thai and English fiction. Anthologyedited by Christina Li and Assistant Curator Pongsakorn Yananissorn, with new writing by Orawan Arunrak, Ivan Cheng, Uthis Haemamool, Travis Jeppesen, Li Shuang, Phu Kradat, Sophia Al Maria, Duanwad Pimwana, Satit Sattarasartand Emilie Wardil.

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