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The House on Trapezoid Land – A Virtual Unreality Exhibition

Bangkok March 28, 2021 – FAAMAI Digital Arts Hub, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, organized “The House on Trapezoid Land – A Virtual Unreality Exhibition”, a Virtual Online Tour and discussion with the artist and curator.  The House on Trapezoid Land – A Visual Unreality Exhibition uses the idea of ‘utopia’, which is presented not from the artist’s imagination, but from the happy memories the artist once had.   From the curators’ perspective, this is the concept of utopia for many – a utopia that is constructed individually rather than from any common abstraction.

The artist who created The House on Trapezoid Land – A Visual Unreality Exhibition, Porramet Jittaksa, is an alumnus of the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University.  Having lived in the Samyan community for more than 20 years until relocating, he has seen and experienced the development of Samyan first hand – witnessing the ups and downs, and the pits and pearls of the area.  For this artwork, Jittaksa takes the viewers on a trip down memory lane to a stylish house in Samyan, located on a trapezoid-shaped land.  The six-storey house combines the elements of truth and dreams into the artist’s vision.

For this exhibition, the curatorial team came up with the term virtual unreality to describe the incorporation of VR (virtual reality) into exhibitions, which has become more popular due to the rise of digital technology, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic.  While VR exhibitions tend to present things as real, this virtual unreality exhibition exposes people to imagination and brings the audience towards unfamiliarity and distortion.  As exhibition viewers move from room to room, the experience mimics walking through a video game, but with sounds and some elements of truth. 

The House on Trapezoid Land – A Virtual Unreality Exhibition” is now available on FAAMAI Digital Arts Hub Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/797854854465760

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