Boğaziçi'nde "Çağdaş Sanat" Röportaj Dizisi, 2010

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti (Bangkok, 1970)

Bilal İncecik, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi,


Sarawut Chutiwongpeti is a media artist graduated from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University in 1996. He was born in 1970 in Bangkok and living in Thailand, Bangkok today. He has been working with the Cyber Lab at the Center of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University. He has contributed to the development of the media arts through his artistic and research practice at a variety of noted international institutions in Canada, United States of America, Germany, Denmark, Japan and in Hungary. He has many works in the fields such as, digital art, graphic art, installation, web art, painting and sculpture.

One of his famous works; a photographic work from the series 'Wishes, Lies and Dreams' investigates possibilities for art to express the world in conceptual and visual language. How could contemporary art enhance the distribution of information and foster a profound universality in the human nature and cross-cultural artistic and critical collaboration.

I was interested in Mr. Chutiwongpeti’s works and making an interview with him because he was living in Thailand which I visited often for my work. When I requested to make an interview with him, he accepted my request very politely. It was nice asking Mr. Chutiwongpeti questions about his works and art in general. I am very glad to make an interview with him. A definition of him and his works I found out there on the internet explains his works very well:

With Sarawut we find ourselves in a sphere of dream, reality, memories and multiple projections into the future. At times his work is reminiscent of Shamanism, whereby the artist attempts to dissociate his mind from his body. Fascinating artist to explore further.

Bilal İncecik: We live in an era having increased communication facilities. People interested in internet, TVs, games etc. more than everything. What do you think about the difficulties to affect people in terms of “visuality” in this era?

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti: We live in objective materialism and under the mass media society. If we didn’t analyze the data information (such as TVs, press and medias). It's the most dangerous of all the problems we face with.

Bilal İncecik: What do you think and interpret about big capitals use the contemporary arts in their social advertising campaigns? Do you feel inconvenience about this as an artist?


Sarawut Chutiwongpeti: I am thinking in a positive way. I don’t fell inconvenience, if the contemporary arts have use in commercial advertising. I think this is a good way to let people get closer/ familiar about the contemporary art. I am still thinking that the contemporary art is very small world and we really need to encourage and worldwide published/promotion.

Bilal İncecik: We are in the period that is seen the descending effect of social ideologies. According to you what kind of subjects should contemporary art use in this term?

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti: There is no kind of specific subject that contemporary art should use. Many big internationals exhibitions in Contemporary Art are about concerns and suggestions about the “Problems.” This tends to raise my question about what and why in Contemporary Art too.

We make art for our soul/spirit or we make art for society. If the first priority, we focus and make art for our self. But if the works are no meaning or giving/suggesting something to society or it can’t be understood by general public as all. Is it still the good artworks? In contrast, if we just concentrate to make art for society and fear if our works won’t be understood, we might loss our self.

For me, I like the “freedom.” I prefer to see different things, different perspectives. They are not fixed trends, no rules/styled and etc. and no right or wrong in Contemporary Art.

I really like the concept “ Every Things Is Possible…” we just “ Build it!,” but one thing is so importance for me, I am concerned about “Felling” and “Passion”.

Bilal İncecik: In the art of literature especially poetry there are images becoming in brain when reading similar to watching a video. What do you think about the difference between literature or poetry and visual arts in terms of becoming images in readers’ mind?

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti: I am neither a theorist nor a philosopher. So, I really don’t know if my answer is right/wrong. However, in my interpretation, it is not so different in terms of “target”. Because, both literature and visual arts the final target all is about “Aesthetic Perception”. It is just one side to other side (left-brain and right-brain). The visual art needs the process of “visualize” to exploring, store information and applying it to the viewing/analyze and interpretation/experiences of art. While the literature needs the process of “thought” to interpretation /experiences.

Bilal İncecik: When we look at the society most of people do not attend or follow art activities. In order to change this condition how should the relationship between society and artist be?

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti: This questions is a bit a similar what I have introduced to Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. The topic is about what my dream Museum would be. My answer is the Museum in my dream should be "Like 7-Eleven." I think, we should not put the attitude about art to be high-class. That it is too hard for general people to reach.

Bilal İncecik: Do you like to see your name and the notion “utopia”? Why do you prefer to use “utopia” too much?

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti: I am living by “present /reality”. But as the same time, sometimes the life is too boring to live without hope/dreams.

Bilal İncecik: Thank you so much for your interest in making an interview with me.