Key facts

Reconceptualising the characteristics of Southeast Asian artists’ moving image work in order to view their work in a de-westernised framework.

Output components

Animistic Apparatus exhibition curated by Ingawanij at the 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed, September 19 – 22, 2019

Stories of Animistic Cinema in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, special issue Uncontainable Nature: Southeast Asian Visual Cultures, edited by Lucy Davis, Nora Taylor, and Kevin Chua. Original publication date autumn 2020, delayed by covid-19 to summer 2021. Journal article by Ingawanij drawing on her curation of the field trip, artistic research and performance rehearsal event in Udon Thani, northeast Thailand

Eight co-curated programmes of predominantly Southeast Asian artists’ moving image works screened across arts and academic venues in Asia and Europe

Project website: https://mayadadol.info/ 

Roles 

Researcher, curator, writer  

Funding 

Main funder: British Academy Mid-career Fellowship awarded to Ingawanij, 'Contemporary art and animistic cinematic practices in Southeast Asia’. Project reference MD/170041, October 2018 – September 2019 – £121,379.20

Additional funders: Asia-Europe Foundation Mobility First grant, July 2019 – S$5,900 (£3,300); Purin Pictures Film Activities Fund, January 2019, $3,500 (£2,600); Japan Foundation Bangkok Small Grant, March 2019, THB120,000 (£3,000) 

Venues 

Site-based exhibition, ritual film projection and storytelling sessions at 15th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, September 19–22, 2019

Field learning trip, artistic research and performance rehearsal events at Baan Nong Na Kham temple and Baan Chiang archaeological village, Udon Thani province, northeast Thailand, April 2019

Curated film screening programmes at NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, January–March 2020; Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, September 2019; Nordland kunst-og filmfagskole, Kabelvag, October 2019; Aperture: Asia and Pacific Film Festival, London, June 2019; Alliance Française, Bangkok, April 2019 

Collaboration 

Julian Ross (research fellow, co-curator); Mary Pansanga (producer); Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (BFMAF), Berwick-upon-Tweed; Noir Row Art Space, Udon Thani; Thanawat Phappayon itinerant film projection troupe, Udon Thani

Exhibiting artists for Animistic Apparatus at BFMAF: Apichatpong Weerasethakul; Chris Chong Chan Fui; Lav Diaz; Lucy Davis; Tanatchai Bandasak

Participating artists, curators, anthropologists and writers for the artistic research and rehearsal events in Udon Thani: Annie Jael Kwan; Arnont Nongyao; Christian Tablazon; Danaya Chulphuthiphong; Daniel Hui; Donlawat Sunsuk; Fereshteh Toosi; Hoi Ling Sim; Sam I-shan; Jeanne Penjan Lassus; John Torres; Kridpuj Dhansandors; Pam Virada Banjurtrungkajorn; Pathompon Mont Tesprateep; Porntep Petchsamrit; Puiyee Leong; ‘Red’ Nguyen Hai Yen; Rei Hayama; Riar Rizaldi; lololol collective (Sheryl Cheung, Xia Lin); Shireen Seno; Sompot Chidgasornpongse; Taiki Sakpisit; Tanatchai Bandasak; Nguyen Trinh Thi; Tulapop Saenjaroen; Umi Lestari; Vipas Prachyaporn; Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa; Zai Tang

CreatorsIngawanij, M.A.
Description

Ingawanij won the British Academy Mid-career Fellowship to study Southeast Asian artists’ moving image within a dewesternised framework attentive to regional genealogies of medial and ritual forms. At BFMAF, Ingawanij and collaborators enacted the exhibition form as provocation: What if contemporary film exhibitions were reimagined as if they were rituals offered and addressed to nonhuman beings? The exhibition presented works by Davis, Weerasethakul, Diaz, Chong, and Tanatchai Bandasak as site-based installations and film projection ritual, staged as an encounter between the artists’ works and the open-air sites and spaces of historical sedimentation of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Ingawanij’s creative non-fiction article, on cinema as animistic medium routed through Southeast Asia, draws on her curation of the field learning, artistic research and rehearsal event taking place in northeast Thailand involving artists, curators, anthropologists and researchers, and an itinerant film projection troupe. The co-curated screening programmes explore aesthetics of animism in artists’ moving image. The project conceptualises Southeast Asian artists’ moving image as an animistic medium of enworlding and expression, and as a temporally heterogenous aesthetics whose mode of enunciation implies an ecological conception of human sociality with, and precarious relations to, powerful historical and cosmological forces in more-than-human worlds.

Portfolio itemsAnimistic Apparatus @ Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival
Comedy of Entanglement: The Karrabing Film Collective
Animistic Apparatus: Screening
Animistic Apparatus screening programmes: Mud, Drones and Spirits; Between the Living and the Dead
Animistic Apparatus screening programme: Landscape of Spirits
Stories of Animistic Cinema
Ghost Cinema for a Damaged World
Year2019
PublisherUniversity of Westminster
Web address (URL)https://mayadadol.info/
KeywordsSoutheast Asian contemporary art, artists' moving image, animism
CREAM Portfolio
FunderBA (British Academy)
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Purin Pictures
Japan Foundation
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.34737/qy152

Portfolio items

Animistic Apparatus @ Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus @ Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival . Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Comedy of Entanglement: The Karrabing Film Collective
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Comedy of Entanglement: The Karrabing Film Collective . Afterall . 48, pp. 26-37. https://doi.org/10.1086/706125

Animistic Apparatus: Screening
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus: Screening . Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Animistic Apparatus screening programmes: Mud, Drones and Spirits; Between the Living and the Dead
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus screening programmes: Mud, Drones and Spirits; Between the Living and the Dead. Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Animistic Apparatus screening programme: Landscape of Spirits
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus screening programme: Landscape of Spirits . Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Stories of Animistic Cinema
Ingawanij, M.A. 2021. Stories of Animistic Cinema . Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. 54 (Summer 1), pp. 84-103.

Ghost Cinema for a Damaged World
Ingawanij, M.A. 2020. Ghost Cinema for a Damaged World. in: Burmester, M. (ed.) Korakrit Arunanondchai & Alex Gvojic: No History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 5 Serralves Foundation-Museum of Contemporary Art Fundaçâo de Serralves. pp. 49-57

Related outputs

Legacies
Ingawanij, M.A. 2022. Legacies . Artspace Aotearoa 02 Sep - 22 Oct 2022

Vivre après la catastrophe
Ingawanij, M.A. 2022. Vivre après la catastrophe . in: Maury, Corinne and Zuchuat, Olivier (ed.) Lav Diaz: Faire Face post-éditions. pp. 149-173

Art and Communication: A Regional Genealogy
Ingawanij, M.A. 2022. Art and Communication: A Regional Genealogy . in: Ute Meta Bauer (ed.) Climates. Habitats. Environments. MIT Press.

Preposterous Relations: The Tableaux of Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
Ingawanij, M.A. Forthcoming. Preposterous Relations: The Tableaux of Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook . in: Nagib, Lucia and Solomon, Stefan (ed.) The Moving Form of Film: Historicising the Medium through other Media Oxford University Press.

Cinematic Animism and Contemporary Southeast Asian Artists’ Moving Image Practices
Ingawanij, M.A. 2021. Cinematic Animism and Contemporary Southeast Asian Artists’ Moving Image Practices. Screen. 62 (4), pp. 549-558. https://doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjab056

Philippine Noir: The Cinema of Lav Diaz
Ingawanij, M.A. 2021. Philippine Noir: The Cinema of Lav Diaz . New Left Review. 130.

Stories of Animistic Cinema
Ingawanij, M.A. 2021. Stories of Animistic Cinema . Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. 54 (Summer 1), pp. 84-103.

Ghost Cinema for a Damaged World
Ingawanij, M.A. 2020. Ghost Cinema for a Damaged World. in: Burmester, M. (ed.) Korakrit Arunanondchai & Alex Gvojic: No History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 5 Serralves Foundation-Museum of Contemporary Art Fundaçâo de Serralves. pp. 49-57

Animistic Apparatus screening programme: Landscape of Spirits
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus screening programme: Landscape of Spirits . Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Animistic Apparatus @ Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus @ Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival . Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Animistic Apparatus screening programmes: Mud, Drones and Spirits; Between the Living and the Dead
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus screening programmes: Mud, Drones and Spirits; Between the Living and the Dead. Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Animistic Apparatus: Screening
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Animistic Apparatus: Screening . Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival 19 - 22 Sep 2019

Comedy of Entanglement: The Karrabing Film Collective
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Comedy of Entanglement: The Karrabing Film Collective . Afterall . 48, pp. 26-37. https://doi.org/10.1086/706125

Making Line and Medium
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Making Line and Medium . Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia. 3 (1). https://doi.org/10.1353/sen.2019.0001

Aesthetics of Potentiality: Nguyen Trinh Thi's Essay Films
Ingawanij, M.A. 2019. Aesthetics of Potentiality: Nguyen Trinh Thi's Essay Films . in: Reynolds, L. (ed.) Women Artists, Feminism and the Moving Image Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 151-164

Art's Potentiality Revisited: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook's Late Style and Chiang Mai Social Installation
Ingawanij, M.A. 2018. Art's Potentiality Revisited: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook's Late Style and Chiang Mai Social Installation. in: Teh, David and Morris, David (ed.) Artist-to-Artist: Independent Art Festivals in Chiang Mai 1992-98 London Afterall Books in association with Asia Art Archive and the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. pp. 252-263

Itinerant Cinematic Practices In and Around Thailand During the Cold War
Ingawanij, M.A. 2018. Itinerant Cinematic Practices In and Around Thailand During the Cold War. Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia. 2 (1), pp. 9-41. https://doi.org/10.1353/sen.2018.0001

Forces and Volumes
Ingawanij, M.A. 2017. Forces and Volumes .

Lav Diaz: Journeys
Ingawanij, M.A. 2017. Lav Diaz: Journeys . University of Westminster. https://doi.org/10.34737/qvw88

Fields: On Attachments and Unknowns
Ingawanij, M.A. and Erin Gleeson 2017. Fields: On Attachments and Unknowns.

Lav Diaz: Journeys
Ingawanij, M.A. 2017. Lav Diaz: Journeys .

Exhibiting Lav Diaz's Long Films: Currencies of Circulation and Dialectics of Spectatorship
Ingawanij, M.A. 2017. Exhibiting Lav Diaz's Long Films: Currencies of Circulation and Dialectics of Spectatorship. Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image . 4 (2), pp. 411-433. https://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v4n2.327

Southern Collectives screening programmes and discussion
Ingawanij, M.A. 2016. Southern Collectives screening programmes and discussion . Buenos Aires 29 Oct - 13 Nov 2016

Long Walk to Life: the Films of Lav Diaz
Ingawanij, M.A. 2015. Long Walk to Life: the Films of Lav Diaz . Afterall . 40.

Figures of Plebeian Modernity: Film Projection as Performance in Siam/Thailand
Ingawanij, M.A. 2014. Figures of Plebeian Modernity: Film Projection as Performance in Siam/Thailand. SEAP Bulletin . Fall, pp. 10-16.

Comparing Experimental Cinemas
Ingawanij, M.A. and Shai Heredia 2014. Comparing Experimental Cinemas.

Catalogue of the 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival: Raiding the Archives
Ingawanij, M.A., MacDonald, R.L. and Clark, G. Ingawanij, M.A. (ed.) 2013. Catalogue of the 6th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival: Raiding the Archives. Bangkok, Thailand Aan Publishing.

Animism and the performative realist cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Ingawanij, M.A. 2013. Animism and the performative realist cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. in: Pick, A. and Narraway, G. (ed.) Screening nature: cinema beyond the human Oxford Berghahn Books.

Mother India in six voices: melodrama, voice performance, and Indian films in Siam
Ingawanij, M.A. 2012. Mother India in six voices: melodrama, voice performance, and Indian films in Siam. Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies. 3 (2), pp. 99-121. https://doi.org/10.1177/097492761200300202

Blissfully whose? Jungle pleasures, ultra-modernist cinema and the cosmopolitan Thai auteur
Ingawanij, M.A. 2010. Blissfully whose? Jungle pleasures, ultra-modernist cinema and the cosmopolitan Thai auteur. in: Harrison, R.V. and Jackson, P.A. (ed.) The ambiguous allure of the West: traces of the colonial in Thailand Hing Kong Hong Kong University Press. pp. 119-134

Nang Nak: Thai bourgeois heritage cinema
Ingawanij, M.A. 2007. Nang Nak: Thai bourgeois heritage cinema. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. 8 (2), pp. 180-193. https://doi.org/10.1080/14649370701295599

Hyperbolic heritage: bourgeois spectatorship and contemporary Thai cinema
Ingawanij, M.A. 2007. Hyperbolic heritage: bourgeois spectatorship and contemporary Thai cinema. PhD thesis University of London London Consortium

Un-Thai sakon: the scandal of teen cinema
Ingawanij, M.A. 2006. Un-Thai sakon: the scandal of teen cinema. South East Asia Research. 14 (2), pp. 147-177.

Blissfully whose? Jungle pleasures, ultra-modernist cinema and the cosmopolitan Thai auteur
Ingawanij, M.A. and MacDonald, R.L. 2006. Blissfully whose? Jungle pleasures, ultra-modernist cinema and the cosmopolitan Thai auteur. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film. 4 (1), pp. 37-54. https://doi.org/10.1386/ncin.4.1.37_1

Transistor and temporality: the rural as modern Thai cinema's pastoral
Ingawanij, M.A. 2006. Transistor and temporality: the rural as modern Thai cinema's pastoral. in: Fowler, C. and Helfield, G. (ed.) Representing the rural : space, place, and identity in films about the land Detroit Wayne State University Press. pp. 80-100

The value of an impoverished aesthetic: the iron ladies and its audiences
Ingawanij, M.A. and MacDonald, R.L. 2004. The value of an impoverished aesthetic: the iron ladies and its audiences. Spectator: University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television Criticism. 24 (2), pp. 73-81.

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