Video essay by Lauren Reid 2016

Magnetic Realm 2016 15:04 mins

Written and edited by Lauren Reid

Films and texts feature:
Deep in the Jungle (2008) Teerawat Rujintham
Graceland (2006) Anocha Suwichakornpon 
Forest Spirit (2012) Teera Prachumkong
The Moonhunter (2001) Bhandit Rittakol
Nymph (2009) Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Syndromes and a Century (2006) Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Tropical Malady (2004) Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Twin Crusade (2000) ABC Australia
Venom (2000) Saneh Sangsuk
Zero Gravity (2012) Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Magnetic Realm is a video essay that explores the representation of Thailand’s forests in art, film and literature. Using collected excerpts from Thai cinema, it traces different conceptions of the forest through the mythical tales, historical events and morality lessons told within it.

This video essay is part of an ongoing research project into the mythology of landscape. This project investigates the underlying beliefs and attitudes toward cultural identity, value systems and historical events that are embedded in the way that natural environments are imagined and represented in art, folklore, film and popular culture.

Magnetic Realm (still) 2016

Magnetic Realm (still of Syndromes and a Century, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

Magnetic Realm (still of Forest Spirit, Teera Prachumkong)

Magnetic Realm (still of Tropical Malady, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

Magnetic Realm (still of Nymph, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang)

Magnetic Realm (still of Graceland, Anocha Suwichakornpong)