2. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

async – first light, 2017
Single-channel video
11 min 3 sec

Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
With a poem by Arseny Tarkovsky, narrated by David Sylvian.

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Presented by ShanghART Gallery | BG02

async – first light is a collaboration between Apichatpong and Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto from his new album “async”. The people falling asleep in this film are all his friends, he sent cameras to friends and asked them to shoot. Apichatpong often carries Digital Harinezumi camera with him, and completing a lot of works with this camera. This work was first exhibited at the WATARI Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo (Japan, 2017).

“And this I dreamt, and this I dream,
And some time this I will dream again,
And all will be repeated, all be re-embodied,
You will dream everything I have seen in dream.
To one side from ourselves, to one side from the world,
Wave follows wave to break on the shore,
On each wave is a star, a person, a bird,
Dreams, reality, death – on wave after wave.
No need for a date: I was, I am, and I will be,
Life is a wonder of wonders, and to wonder
I dedicate myself, on my knees, like an orphan,
Alone – among mirrors – fenced in by reflections:
Cities and seas, iridescent, intensified.
A mother in tears takes a child on her lap.”

Courtesy of the Artist

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