Akeroyd Collection


Apichatpong Weerasethakul, The Palace (Pipittapan Tee Taipei), 2007

The Palace (Pipittapan Tee Taipei), is a 5-channel video work that presents small projected moving images of dogs, generated by infrared heat cameras. Against a black background, these warm, red bodies of animals parade around, groom themselves, stand alert, and rest. Separated and dispersed across a given exhibition space they behave like non-human sentinels amongst other contested objects of the museum. The sprawling installation although slight in terms of scale delivers an ominous visual presence. It was first exhibited as part of an exhibition of video installations called Discovering the Other at the National Palace Museum, Taipei. The curator, Gertjan Zuilhof considered the exhibition to be about shadows, spirits and ghosts, contending they were everywhere, despite much of the works included engaging with the world of people and place, and the precarious struggle to maintain individual and cultural identities. Alongside the work of Deborah Stratman, Ella Raidel, Lin Hongjohn, and Merilyn Fairskye, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s video installation, in this context particularly, seemed to transpose the historical weight of othered bodies into that of a mythic scenario, mediated by technology. A metaphor for our current condition under surveillance capitalism perhaps quantifies our identity via stereotypes and essentializing data sets. These dogs impervious to such techniques, further highlight the human cost of these technologies of othering.

Medium5 Channel Video Installation SD PAL (720 × 576), 4:3, colour, silent
DurationVarious lengths, looped
Editionof 3 + 2 APs