A Ripe Volcano  2011 / 15 minutes / experimental film / Thailand
Artist: Taiki Sakpisit (ไทกิ ศักดิ์พิสิษฐ์)
Sound: Yasuhiro Morinaga
Supports by
The Japan Foundation Bangkok
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre
Toshiba Thailand

A Ripe Volcano reflects Bangkok as a site of mental eruption and emotionally devastated land during the heights of terrors, primal fears, trauma, and the darkness of time.

A Ripe Volcano revisits The Rattanakosin Hotel, the site where the military troops captured and tortured the civilians, students and protesters who were hiding inside the hotel during the Black May of 1992; and Rajadamnern Stadium, a Roman amphitheatre styled Muay Thai boxing arena, which was built in 1941-45 during the Second World War and since then has become the theatrical labyrinth of physical and mental explosions.  

The work builds around the recollections of human experiences that took place within these spaces and shifts through the mental space distilled from the possessed memory of wounded time.

Exhibitions / Screenings:

2021 National Gallery, Singapore

2021 “In Focus,” Lido Connect, Bangkok

2018 Across Asia Film Festival, Museo Cardu, Museo di Arte Siamese e Orientale, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

2018 RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin

2017 “Unruly Shadows: Artist Films and Videos on Challenging Spheres”NTU CCA, Singapore

2017 Dallas Contemporary, USA, September

2017 Samut Thai: Unfinished Histories, BankART Studio, Yokohama

2017 “Ritual Artists’ Film and Video from SE Asia” Brighton, UK

2017 Bophana Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


2016 DHAKA ART SUMMIT, Bangladesh


2015 Asian Film & Video Art Forum, MMCA Seoul, South Korea

2015 KLEX Tropical Seasonings by Hanoi DOCLAB, Goethe-Institut Hanoi, Vietnam, May 17

2015 BIMI Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, London UK, March 29

2015 La Bienal Del Findel Mundo, Valparaiso, Chile, January 31 – March 15

2014 “Scintillation or Disappearance” MMCA, National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Korea, November – January

2014 “State of Being” New Video Art From Thailand, OPAL NEST, XXX Gallery, Hong Kong, May 17

2014 Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaite Lyrique, Palais de Tokyo, March 1, Paris, France

2014 Antitube Quebec & Montreal Cinematheque, Canada

2014 “Tropical Seasonings” HALLWALLIS Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York

2013 SEA Arts Fest, 4749, London, UK, October 26 - 27

2013 Monitor 9 on Tour, SAVAC & Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, August 24

2013 Belo Horizonte, Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil, July

2013 KLEX “Confront” at KOSMA Spring Symposium, Sung Kyung Kwan University, Seoul, 25 & 26 May

2013 BEFF Raiding the Archives, City Gallery Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand, 20 April

2013 NO.W.HERE, London, UK, April 24

2013 Monitor 9: New South Asian Short Film & Video, Articule, Missisauga, Toronto, Canada, March - August

2013 Sharjah Biennial 11, programme curated by Apichatpong Weeresethakul, March

2013 Kuala Lumpur 7th Triennial Barricade KLEX, Friday 22 Feb Black Box, MAPKL

2013 Songs of Rising Smoke,” City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand, March

2013 The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, November 29

2013 Numthong Gallery, Bangkok, February 9 – March 9

2012 “Monitoring Exhibition” Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany, 14 − 18 November (Golden Cube Award – Shortlist)

2012 Objectifs Centre for Photography and FIlmmaking, November 21 - December 21

2012 Ozu Film Festival, Sassuolo, Fiorana, Formigine, Maranello, Casalgrande, Castellarano, Scandiano, Italy

2012 Songs of Rising Smoke” Harvard University Asia Center, October 6 & 7  

2012 Diverse Arts Festival by Pridi Banomyong Institute,” Bangkok, 30 September

2012 BEFF 6 On the Beach, Walailak University 21-22 September

2012 The 12th Seoul International NewMedia Festival, July

2012 Generation Loss: Thai Experimental” 98B Art Collaboratory, Manila, Philippines,

2012 Osage Kwun Tong Gallery, March 30-31, April 6-7, 13-14

2012 Georgetown Festival, Penang, Malaysia, 7&8 July

2012 Bangkok Experimental Film Festival

2011 Yogyakarta Documentary Film Festival, Indonesia, December

2011 The Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival (KLEX) Malaysia 23-27 November

2011 Film On the Rocks, Yao Noi, Thailand

2011 Happening @ House 2 Third Class Cinema 30, October 8

2011 15th Thai Short Film & Video Festival, August, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (R.D. Pestonji Award first prize)

2011 “You Say You Want a Revolution” Chiang Mai Now!, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

2011 solo exhibition 24th Feb – 6th Mar, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre