The Monologue Dialogue series has grown from a British Council initiated and funded residency and exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Monologue Dialogue series has grown from a British Council initiated and funded residency and exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand. From then onwards a series of exhibitions have taken place in Bangkok and London with an evolving and expanding group of participating artists. The last exhibition was in 2014 at the BACC (the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre). The key focus for the artists has been to install or construct work in a space/gallery together and in some way to reflect on the transcultural nature of today’s discourse for artist
Monologue - Dialogue 4: Mysticism and Insecurity
The exhibition MD4 will be hosted in honour of King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX, whose progressive and enlightened reign has contributed to a powerful connection between Thai and British artists that will continue into future artistic dialogues between the two countries.
The title of the exhibition Mysticism and Insecurity can refer to perceptions of the mystical and magical nature of human life across all cultures; insecurity however can refer to the inability of art to fully express and realise these transcendent ideas for multiple reasons, primarily though because of the world’s materiality, because of materials being resistant, dragging against intentions even for the use of language, and symbolism. This resistance is what is most ecstatic and interesting, where the material itself whether it is paint, objects, performance or virtual media contains the magic and frailty of our existence by being resistant to manipulation. The one thing that unites us all is our materiality and a sense of ‘is-ness’.
We would like to thank The Royal Thai Embassy for their very generous support and the following: Slade School of Fine Art, Leeds College of Art, and UCL Global Engagement.
The Koppel Project
93 Baker Street
London W1U 6RL
The essay accompanying the exhibition, A reflection by Kai Syng Tan (UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, KCL) and Andrew Stahl (UCL Slade School of Fine Art)
Art in an Insecure Age, can be downloaded in pdf format:
low res version pdf (500kb)
high res version pdf (17MB)