New Artist Member: Tulapop Saenjaroen

Posted March 4th, 2021 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Digital Files, News / Events

Canyon Cinema is excited to welcome Tulapop Saenjaroen to the collection!

Tulapop Saenjaroen is an artist and filmmaker currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. His recent works interrogate the correlations between image production and production of subjectivity as well as the paradoxes intertwining control and freedom in late capitalism. In the combined narrative and essayistic manner, he lately investigates on subject matters such as tourism, self care, and free labor through re-making and re-reading the produced images and their networks. Saenjaroen received his MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Fine Art and MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts.

Saenjaroen’s works have been shown in exhibitions and screenings internationally
including Locarno Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Images Festival Toronto, Image Forum Tokyo, Curtas Villa do Conde, CROSSROADS at SFMOMA, FICVALDIVIA Chile, Asia Culture Center Gwangju, 25FPS Zagreb, Kasseler DokFest, Vancouver International Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Open City Documentary London, Athens International Film +Video Festival, 100 Tonson Gallery, Display Gallery Prague, NUS Museum Singapore, Seoul International New Media Festival, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, etc.; and won awards from Winterthur, Jakarta, Moscow, and Thailand.

Two of Tulapop’s films are now available to rent from Canyon, including:

People on Sunday (2020, 21 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

People on Sunday is a reinterpretation, a response, and a homage to a 1930 German silent film Menschen Am Sonntag; however, this response is done from a different context, a different country, different era, and different working conditions. This reinterpretation tells episodic stories of moving-image-related workers who are employed in the same performance-art-video project about free time.

A Room with a Coconut View (2018, 28 minutes, color, sound, digital file)

A Room with a Coconut View tells a story of Kanya, a tour guide and hotel rep automated voice, who leads her foreign automated-voice guest Alex through a deceptively aestheticised beach town in the east of Thailand. Dissatisfied by the sanitised, touristic images, Alex decides to explore alone. Local corruption becomes intertwined with the history of Thai cinema, and Alex begins to question how images have been used to mediate his understanding of the world.

Through a fictionalised account of the bodiless voices hovering over commercially made presentation and historical strata, A Room with a Coconut View is an essayistic investigation of the politico-aesthetic relation through imagery surface and its netlike-technology apparatuses with a capitalistic-dictatorial-touristy regime as a backdrop.