THE IMMORTALS ARE QUITE BUSY THESE DAYS
30.01 - 21.03.2021
All the trees in the council just looked at each other, they didn’t answer the boy’s question.
Then, they pointed to two trees from a game, bustling about to return to their game world.
The child then followed the two trees.
Along the way, the boy saw questions on history.
He was well aware that the questions were not complete sentences.
Yet, the frequency of ambiguity seemed clearer in the messy space.
THE IMMORTALS ARE QUITE BUSY THESE DAYS represents Nawin Nuthong’s most significant endeavor to disambiguate ideas of the “Threshold” since his conceptualization and engagement with the notion thus far. Such a Threshold, as postulated by Nawin, exists as a boundary demarcating the liminal space between experiences, thought, ideologies, histories, and narratives where these various fields coalesce. The Threshold further represents a limit that can be surpassed through ardent undertakings, and their coordinates of access are marked by “Threshold Guardians” that simultaneously serve as barriers to entry. Within the exhibition, the computer game serves as metaphor, illustration, and tool for the re-inscription of the operating mechanics of the human condition of existence. In his re-worlding of lived experience within the digital realm of the hyperreal, Nawin reveals reality as one mired by the weight of history and characterized by the simultaneous subversion and diminishment of its symbolic value simply by its writing. (An Essay on the Margins by John Tung)
b.1993, Bangkok, Thailand
Lives and works in Bangkok
Nawin Nuthong is a Thai contemporary artist and curator exploring the connections between history and cultural media through a wide range of mediums. Melding myths and legends with pop-cultural references from video games, comics, and film, he examines the role technology has to play in reconfiguring the learning and understanding of history. He is a graduate from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang with a major in film studies and digital media. In addition to his art practice, exhibitions he has curated include PLATOEXPECTONUM (2017), This nor Mundane, The Mystery Shack 999 (2018), as well as MAPPA (2019). Nuthong is also presently one of the managing members of Bangkok’s iconic independent art space, Speedy Grandma.