Iste kiše, isti vjetar / The same rain, the same wind
international, multicultural, multimedia, art project
Artists are from: Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, Serbia, Thailand and USA
Introduction; (Eugen Borkovsky, curator)
การประชุม; SUSRET; MEETING
The project The Same Rain, The Same Wind initiates a wide, intercultural questioning on the purpose and influence of artistic and multimedia creative work. I wished that we as artists from Europe, together with artists from different cultural backgrounds, all gathered here, in Chiang Mai in Thailand, think on topic that concern us all. Many different groups of artists are to be found exhibiting, all of them posing visual and multimedia problems in their intellectual and creative discussions. One of these groups is artists from the host country, Kingdom of Thailand with other groups coming from all over the world.
Judging from euro-American perspective, a personal benefit, success and fame of any artists comes with a presence in western European or American art discourses. Aiming at this paradigm, the act of artistic creation is somehow striped of its` true universality. Individual approach in comparison to various art groups, schools or directions becomes prominent within this project.
The works of artists that perceive the world around somewhat differently one to another are to be found. Hosts, artists from Thailand, are those who are inside the same framework. The meeting, a group exhibition takes place at The Art Center, ChiangMai, Thailand. The space itself is a huge, two storey museum, divided into smaller sections. The city of ChiangMai is a cultural capital of Thailand, the second largest city after Bangkok, which is seven hundred kilometers south.
Reflecting to the majority of the works one can visualize a certain disappointment with the present condition of civilization. It is questioning of the global phenomena that ignited most of the ideas in a creative process. Artists have realized that the shape was not the shape by its means but the space filled with personal and quite often, collective emptiness. Artists are crossing the lines of individual perception and common appearance of a living space. Personal feeling is detected in the visual games where artists wittily and sometimes cynically incorporate visual markings of the problem in their work.
The artworks from this exhibition initiate several interpretations. The most interesting discourse is the position of the artist, the time of the creation of a specific artwork and their relationship with the viewer. The last is the most prominent. There is a need for the real communication.
Working here, in the outfield, is not effortless. It is necessary to judge every single work on its own merit and assume it in the selection. Though the selection is a temporary unity it should be in accordance with the individual artist’s thought and the idea of the whole. I paid special attention to this fact.
The selection of the artists for the project has never been limited, beginning with artists coming from Grožnjan in Istria, Croatia. This circle spread to those coming from the newly formed countries on the remains of Yugoslavia. The idea conceived with Burhan Hadžialjević spread easily, therefore it is easy to presume the present participants are coming from global background. It should be stressed that all of the artists had a desire to join this project and worked their way to secure funding for the event.
My special thanks to the initiator and organizer respectively, Burhan Hadžialjević and Udom Chimpukdee but also to all of the organizations that through their funding made this event possible. It is a big difference to plan and to have an event like this finally realized. The reason for that is a great number of artists, poetics and appreciations but also the funding.
I think this exhibition initiates a new correspondence of new ideas, reshaping and questioning the world we live in. I am very grateful to all of the artists from around the world, the host, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Chiangmai.
Eugen Borkovsky, ChiangMai, Thailand, January 2012.
Initial text on the topic:
Having been thinking on the theme that could be equally interesting to both artists from Thailand and other participants I wished that we share a basic understanding of the project idea. Bearing in mind a wide variety of approaches to aesthetics and a great number of artists from various backgrounds I suggested an Ecology, an accepted topic that has many aspects to think about.
This topic serves as a thinking ignition key to all of the artists and a title / The same rain, the same wind came after numerous talks we had. I dare to assume that all of Us, You and Them are conscious on abusive, irrational and aggressive use of natural resources. We are aware that we have grasped deep into the energy fields of the atmosphere by our electrical energy, cell phones, internet and other civilization achievements.
We are aware that the use of oil products, artificial fertilizers, that the airplane lines are on the way to migrating birds, all of the cleansing products we use have an irrevocable effect to the environment. We often witness strange diseases escape laboratories. I also assume our awareness of the influence of minor political groups of subordinate common people: the least is offered as an equivalent to the work done.
It is clear that the artistic formation of our colleagues living in other parts of the Globe is marked with different aesthetic, philosophical, religious, values and living standard starting point.
The differences are in apprehension of universe, the meaning of life and a view to death. As a curator I would not like to impose the European situation and artistic interpretations though it is inevitable that certain works will have these characteristics. Though we all live on the same planet, our thoughts and a way of life is formed differently due to a different histories. Euro-American discourse is aggressive and the rules are set according to their standards. I wished to confront other technologies and meanings in shaping the overall art theme.
No matter how we perceive our planet, it is the only one we have, we are close to and we depend on each other. The same rain fall and the same wind blows both here and there. There is a fear that a political globalisation is a mask to exploation and monetary oppression of parts of the Globe that have attitudes, approachs, believes and faith other then theirs. The Same Rain the Same Wind, global art review or a fair, should give birth to better mutual understanding, without imposing statements, ideas, ways of life. I am sure this event should have a subtitle-Friendship.
’’By killing the rage inside, you sleep peacefully. By killing the rage inside yourself there is no remorse.’’
Eugen Borkovsky, Grožnjan, Croatia,October 2011.godine
ECOLOGY, terms and starting points to topic:
Ecology is a relationship towards the nature, air, water, earth, and everything that is around, including the people. It implies the relationship to ourselves.
Ecology is a natural science. It researches relations among the living organisms, focusing to the environmental issues. Ecology is a branch of biology, but unlike biology, it uses knowledge in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and many other sciences. The usual classification of ecology areas of interest ranges from the lowest level of complexity of interrelationships, where complexity is defined as the number of entities and processes within the frameworks of the system.
It includes the research on the animal behavior and adaptability in relation to environmental changes, interactions within certain living community, etc.
Ecology studies the flows of matter and energy through the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystem. Ecology as a system is an interdisciplinary field focused on the study, development and organization of ecological systems from a holistic perspective. Visually appealing field is a landscape ecology with its research in processes and connections of different ecosystems in the same area. Then there is a field of evolutional ecology dealing with the evolutional origin of the species and their interactions. Though the term ‘’ecology’’ is often misused for the activities related to the nature protection and conservation, this project is aiming to this particular theme.
Being aware of ecological interdependence is parallel to the contemporary philosophical and physical findings. The course, the constant changes and mutual conditionality of all things around us, like the one that we see in nature, occurs at the more subtle, invisible aspects of the universe which science deals with quantum physics and parallel science. Philosophy and physics are together again in the dramatic search for the answers. Approach to the interweaving of all things in the universe and its constant change fits into this topic.
Within the topic, I guess the issue is the artistic relationship with extrasensory means, mystical or religious thinking and interpersonal relationships. Because, even we are alienated from nature we are still natural living things.
Eugen Borkovsky, Grožnjan,Croatia, October 2011.godine
Project initiators and organizers: Udom Chimpukdee i Burhan Hadžialjević
Project producer: BurhanHadžialjević
Curator: Eugen Borkovsky
Curator for Thailand: Tayac Sebastian; Singapore: Milenko Prvački
Exhibition setup: Eugen Borkovsky
Translator: Mirko Božić (intro on artists), Goran Denić
Host: Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Realised: ChangMai, Thailand, January / February 2012.
Artists who participate in the project:
Jan Theo De Vleeschauwer
Kevin Landwer – Johan
Maja Budžarov& Predrag Siđanin
– Region of Istria, Departmant of Culture, CROATIA
– Republic of Serbia-Ministry of Culture,Media and Information Society,
BANCA INTESA Beograd, ZMUC
– City of Smederevo-SERBIA
– Široki Brijeg Museum, Bosnia & Herzegovina
– NACIONAL ARTS COUNCIL SINGAPORE
Editor in chief:
Text: Eugen Borkovsky
Photography: Kevin Landwer – Johan, Hassan Abdelghani