Apichatpong Weerasethakful: The Serenity of Madness

The Serenity of Madness is an exhibit located in the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in School of Design and Arts Campus of De La Salle — College of Saint Benilde. This exhibit showcases rarely-seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakful. And, it also features films, sculptures, photography, drawings, sketches, and archival material.

“One of the most original filmmakers and artists of our time, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a distinctive language which approaches fragments of life, from passing gestures to the great cycles, from the often occurring to the unseen, in arresting and compelling narratives. Deeply invested in the life, culture, spirituality, and struggles of the people excluded by the elite nationalist project of the Thai state — primarily the people of Isan, the region of his upbringing, many of Weerasethakul’s works hail from within these universes. They employ historical allusions, myths, codes and visual language, but most importantly references to the contemporary vernacular and political struggles of the marginalised strata of Thai society. Weerasethakul does not however document this world from the outside, he employs its intimate vocabularies, creating deeply original art works and films that can be seen as both part of a living contemporary of the lower classes in Thailand and pieces of universal relevancy in our contemporary world. Often read as surrealist, Weerasethakul’s works contain however deeply coherent and carefully constructed parameters, with narratives following a specific logic and references that are not devoid of humour or satiric intentions.”

Apichatpong Weerasethakful: The Serenity of Madness completed my CSBLife accredited activities. This museum visit was the most memorable among the activities I attended. I am not an artsy person, but I appreciated the work of art of Apichatpong Weerasethakful, because of my friend who loves art. I really liked how he explained artsu things on a simple and colorful manner. Well, he did a good job in explaining things, but the art is just so beautiful that any person would really appreciate it.

The Serenity of Madness by Apichatpong Weerasethakful is an additional to the exhibits I went to. The museum featured a lot of short clips. There is this one clip that featured childhood sweethearts that eventually became a couple; they grew old and died together, and then they became stones. That clip became significant to me, because I want to grow old with someone I truly love. Anyway, another art piece caught my eye which are two colorful photos that are like pictures of firecrackers; I find it very aesthetic and amazing. Looking at art pieces would make you forget all your worries and doubts, so if you want to relieve stress in a fun and educational manner, go to museums or exhibits.

Overall, I enjoyed my CSBLife Accredited Activities. It was a fun experience and good way of adapting the culture for us transferees. You can visit The Serenity of Madness in MCAD. It is really a good way of relieving stress.

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