Apichatpong Weerasethakul Sourcebook. The Serenity of Madness
A publication that gathers texts, extracts from correspondence, and pictures by internationally acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He’s discussing his inspirations, notably his relation to books, and work methods, in the course of a conversation with curator Gridthiya Gaweewong, while an interview by curator Andrea Lissoni focuses on the relation between making films and working in the art context. Last, a conversation with political activist Withit Chandawong deals with the recent history of Thailand. The book also comprises a long autobiographical text by actress Jenjira Pongpas Widner; and several short papers on different subject matter, all bearing a connection with humans’ relation to technology, nature, and time.
This book is part of the ‘Sourcebook’ series published by Independent Curators International, edited by Alaina Claire Feldman and Kate Fowle, which is dedicated to contemporary artists’ personal perspectives on social, political, and cultural issues. Each book, edited by a single artist, includes a collection of primary research materials and influences; The Serenity of Madness invites readers into Weerasethakul’s intimate exploration of his influences—in his words, “like a stream of consciousness, suffocated by the data.”