A View Through the Red Window:
on the cutting edge
of the 21st Century - a critical time in the history of World
Sarawut Chutiwongpeti http://www.chutiwongpeti.info
My aim is to investigate the possibilities of conceptual
visual language and to develop Collaborative New Art as part
of Contemporary Art/Contemporary Global Social Structure and
part of the Technological Civilization we live in today. Especially,
how can Contemporary Art enhance the distribution of information,
profound universality in the nature of man and cross-cultural
artistic and critical collaborations. The meaning of the possibilities
to enrich Contemporary Art may also come into question. The
main questions are: are sensations-reactions concerning Contemporary
Art still meaningful today?; How can conceptual contemporary
artistic ideas and processes solve global problems?; and can
conceptual contemporary art reveal corrupted social values in
capital cities and create a bridge between present and future
"Untitled1996" has been developed into three
dimensional works depicting living space in an expanse of
emptiness comprising light, sound, and colors, all of which
are closely connected with time, infinite time. One can hardly
fathom the intrinsic value of any particular object; with
time, it has lost the value and therefore has little by little
declined or changed in terms of colors, dimensions as well
as the overall appearance. The shape and form are hardly recognizable,
as witnessed and experienced by Claude Monet, who has the
eye for different phases of each object. In his eyes, physical
appearance is beyond the scope of an average human being's
From the 17th century to the present, human society has viewed
all that surrounds it in a purely scientific way. Come to
think of it, science is not able to yield all the answers
or solutions to our satisfaction. Architecture as presented
in living space reveals that, in reality, what man calls "object"
is merely the fusion of molecules, a form of energy. Our world
is in fact two separate worlds; one is the world of substance,
the other the world of energy, formed by earth, water, wind
and fire. The fifth element of the world of energy is absolute
emptiness. Heat, light, and electricity are examples of the
instability of energy. The separation of each type of energy
reveals a mere combination of different substances. An intellectual
point of view labels any object as a worthless deterioration.
Man once thought of Greek civilization as the peak of human
culture but one day it became known to man that what he saw
as a solid, geometrical structure died in deconstruction.
Similarly, the modern day concept of "light" can
be compared to enlightenment while an object represents darkness.
What is expected of the 21st century onward is the bringing
of humans along the path towards genuine, infinite "light".
"Living space" largely deals with dimension in space
and silence. Time is the core element of spiritual existence.
In between the world of dimensions and the world of silence
stands man, whose attempt has been to put in the link between
the two worlds. In the process, man relies on his subconscious,
which is treated as "true perception." The outside
element is the atmosphere -- the intersection of time and
space. While one imagines looking back into the past, the
existence of space has halted and while we are standing at
the intersection of time and space, we are in the present
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The installation series of "Utopia1997"
(Theme concept from Untitled)
"Utopia 1997" has developed from the installation
series "Untitled 1996" that was part of the exhibition
"Tomorrow where shall we live?" organized by the
Japanese architect Toyo Ito. The original concept derives
from photomontage experiments with computers, which has expanded
into three-dimensional work composed with architectural structures,
electronic lighting control, and sound effects all of which
depict living space as connected with time.
Today, the world comprises of uncertainties and ambiguities.
Science and civilization are not able to yield all answers
or solutions to our satisfaction. At times, knowledge may
comprise of power with impact that are beyond individual's
intuition and intellect. Often advances in science have challenged
moral codes and ethics as well as faith and religion. When
science and technology are utilized inappropriately they are
seen as being a harm and a threat to humanity.
The contradictory side of utopia is full of pessimism. Man's
quest to conquer distant galaxies, an endless search for territories
and colonies reflect his inner instinct for power, aggrandizement,
and control. The imbalance of power between those who control
and those under control has contributed to disorder and dilemma.
In the era of confusion and distortion values of aesthetics
and common sense have been greatly transformed. At the end
of the century we are facing a crisis in the history of world
Artist based in Bangkok, Thailand