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Tulapop Saenjaroen: Short Films

Posted by | Amy Beste | Posted on | October 28, 2021

Thursday, October 28Thursday, November 04

Recent films by Thai artist and filmmaker Tulapop Saenjaroen.

A large container ship in a blue ocean harbor. In the foreground of the image is a waving hand.

Tulapop Saenjaroen Notes From the Periphery 2021 Image courtesy of the artist

Theatrical Screening
A Room with a Coconut View, People on Sunday, Squish!, Notes from the Periphery
Thursday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center

Virtual Screenings
A Room with a Coconut View, People on Sunday
October 29–November 4
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema

Tulapop Saenjaroen’s darkly funny and breathtakingly original films offer incisive commentaries on work, leisure, tourism, and self-care in today’s relentless culture of self-improvement. Borrowing elements from social media, meditation apps, virtual assistants, and cinema history, Saenjaroen’s works also ponder the ways proliferating media imagery shapes our inner and outer lives. In the award-winning A Room with a Coconut View (2018), artificial intelligences attempt to explore the Thai resort town of Bangsaen through video tours and tourist snaps before going off the existential rails. In People on Sunday (2020), Saenjaroen considers the labor of leisure in this homage to the 1930 German film Menschen Am SonntagSquish! (2021) meditates on the self through lurid and liquid forms, filtered through the history of Thai animation. Notes from the Periphery (2021) explores the peripheral spaces of labor, trade, and everyday political resistance in the port city of Laem Chabang in Chon Buri, Thailand. In Thai and English with English subtitles.

2018-2021, Thailand / Singapore / United Kingdom, DCP, ca 80 minutes


Anocha Suwichakornpong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, and Pom Bunsermvicha in Conversation with Melika Bass
Friday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema
Closed captions available


Tulapop Saenjaroen (SAIC 2009) is an artist and filmmaker based in Bangkok. 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. Saenjaroen’s works have been shown internationally in exhibitions and screenings including the Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Image Forum Festival in Tokyo, Curtas Vila do Conde, 25 FPS in Zagreb, Kasseler DokFest, Vancouver International Film Festival, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Display gallery in Prague, and Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, among many others. He has won awards from Winterthur, Jakarta, Moscow, and Thailand. He holds a master of fine arts in fine art media from the Slade School of Fine Art, a master of arts in aesthetics and politics from California Institute of the Arts, and a bachelor of arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.