YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, Bangkok 02/07
Pictured: My assistants "Pinnochio" (chief technician) and Yekhaung (burmese refugee) hang out in the radio-transmission section of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE while we were building the installation. "Pinnochio" (otherwise known as Knock) suffered from diarrhea on the last day of installation due to high amounts of stress/not enough menthol fags, over making the 200 sq m construction and having to spend 24-7 with me and the burmese manual labour force!
Entrance to You Only Live Twice
For 6 months leading up to Feb 2007 I did an artist residency at Silpakorn University that culminated in an installation covering over 100 sq m of the PSG Gallery in Bangkok.
Walkways / Passages / Holes:
Rambo and Terminator:
Films projected on either side, some excerpts from "Rambo"
I bought a chicken from a guy working on the university campus, but unfortunately after its presence was discovered it wasn't allowed to stay in the installation ...hopefully can squeeze it in for a next show at the Bangkok Art Museum?
Uranus Box (installation, also showed at About Cafe/Tadu Gallery 2005)
I had a bloody head for about a week after stubbing my head on this corner (see student above), and received quite a few angry comments (in the form of letters taped to front of the installation) about various injuries that people (mostly fat) had received from the excessive athletic ability needed to crawl, jump and squeeze through such a space.
Radio Transmission area!
I made a radio-transmitter from scratch and transmitted synthesiser music across the vicinity of the Grand Palace / Sanam Luang area for all the locals. I love radios. Here's a local family listening to my station:
Jean-Michel Jarre : some more throwback inspiration for this exhibition
Thank you Mic, Will, Pinnochio, the students of Silpakorn, and Ye / the Burmese Refugee Workforce.
The new solo exhibition by Tintin Cooper combines installation of video, drawing, sound and 3-d works in a schizophrenic labyrinth of narrow wooden tunnels and dimly lit passageways. Viewers bend or crawl through a series of makeshift funhouse structures (made of old wood and corrugated iron) in order to interact with the works, which include drawings pinned on notice boards, a mini-pirate radio station playing only synthesizer music, a “machine” to make contact with Uranus, and even a live chicken. Re-edits of Hollywood action film “Rambo” subverts discourses on masculinity and violence, reenvisioning these texts as slapstick 1900’s black and white films. "Terminator (Judgement Day)" starts off in a similarly lowkey, in the black and white style, but ends in an unexpectedly flamboyant synthesiser finale of MTV style re-edits of the film. The music of both films are well known but slightly off key, as they are taken from unexpected home pianists on YouTube. Viewers sit watching the two screens on haystacks scattered throughout the gallery space.
Echoing the logic of the blind alleys, twists, and turns of the Winchester House in California, the pieces inhabiting the space resist any final, totalizing formation, instead incessantly hammering out questions of balance and conflict.
Tintin Cooper is a mixed Thai-English artist who graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in London (2004) and has worked with large installations of a mixed media nature, including most recently, “Police and Houdini” which was installed in two rooms in London, 2004. She has exhibited and screened works in England, New York, Istanbul and Tadu Gallery and Siam Art Space in Bangkok. Upcoming exhibitions include a groupshow at Guang Dong Art Museum, Guang Zhou, China in March 2007.
Art 4d/ A.Art Magazine
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Nation (Weekly Edition)
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Guru Magazine / Bangkok Post