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The Serenity of Madness at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Posted on April 30, 2018

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Brandy McDonnell interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Michael J. Anderson, for The Oklahoman.

“Apichatpong Weerasethakul likens film to a crippled angel, an art form that is “limiting but divine.” The ongoing efforts of the esteemed Thai filmmaker, who won the top prize at France’s 2010 Cannes Film Festival, to push through the limitations of the medium appear to literally burst at the feet of visitors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where his exhibition “The Serenity of Madness” is making its last North American stop. His innovative video installation “Fireworks (Archives),” featuring a group of actors setting off firecrackers on the night-shrouded grounds of a Buddhist monastery, is projected through panels of glass, giving the impression that the sparkles of light are leaping out of the frame and onto the museum floor.

“I tried it with another piece in Sharjah (in United Arab Emirates). We showed the work in a historic library. I liked the architecture and wanted it to be part of the experience,” Apichatpong said of using glass panels to create the immersive effect.”

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