SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol. 5 (Number 1-2) 2005

Temporal Parallels Between Normal & Nature by Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Going Forth by Day Bill Viola

Toeingam Guptabutra




Abstract


An essay entitled Temporal Parallels between Normal & Nature by Kamin Lertchaiprasert and Going Forth by Day by Bill Viola focuses on Lertchaiprasert’s and Viola’s creative investigation of time from different perspectives. The two installations clearly refer to the two artists’ different cultural, geographical, and philosophical backgrounds. However, the two installations reveal two noteworthy parallels which shall be investigated in this essay.
There are two significant parallels that I shall explore. The first parallel is that between the two artists’ autobiographical characteristics evident in their publications and works. The second parallel is that between their artistic engagements of time.
In order to discuss the two artists’ autobiographical characteristics, I have explored M.M. Bakhtin’s notions of two types of autobiography in classical Greece: first, Platonic and second, the rhetorical autobiography and biography. Bakhtin’s notions on the Greek autobiography have contributed to my observation and discussion of Lertchaiprasert’s and Viola’s autobiographical characteristics evident in their publications and works.
In order to observe the forms of time in Normal & Nature and Going Forth by Day, I have focused on Lertchaiprasert’s and Viola’s artistic means and personal interest. The calendar pattern in Normal & Nature and the AM/PM time seen as a temporal structure in Going Forth by Day lead to the forms of physical time. Lastly, Lertchaiprapert’s interest of meditation and Viola’s interest of Eastern philosophy are identified to make explicit the forms of subjective time in their practice.

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