“Living with Amnesia: A humble act of sewing fractured memories onto a haunted land” . Artist Talk . 20 Oct 2020 . 11:00a – 1215p Pacific Time . Virtual Lecture via Zoom – Otis College of Art and Design

Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles . California

Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Nuttaphol Ma

Fractured memories are all I have. They are precarious scaffolds balancing as long as they can. 

I have a fear of forgetting. Periodically, I attempt to replay fond childhood memories of my birthplace over and over again. Some wash away into the subconscious liken to the folded paper boats floating down the receding floodwaters of the Chaopraya.

Memories are forms of resistance. They shape who I am, my identity. I delicately mend them, thread them into my artistic works as a process to make sense of the fractured sociopolitical landscape of our times. 

I seesaw between longing and belonging – laboring against assimilation, laboring towards an adaptation to a new home. 

I am humbly honored to speak at Otis College of Art and Design. “Living with Amnesia: A humble act of sewing fractured memories onto a haunted land” weaves the seemingly disconnected threads – the past, the present, the conscious, the subconscious, the everyday – to talk about my current work, “Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots”, and my lifelong work, “The China Outpost”. 

Date: Tuesday 20 Oct 2020
Time: 11:00a – 12:15p Pacific Time
Virtual via Zoom – https://otis.zoom.us/j/4866446744 | Meeting ID = 486 644 6744
Link: Otis Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Event is free and open to the public.

“Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots” . 2019-2023 . A durational performance at sites of arrivals, sites of departures, sites of longing, sites of isolation, sites of public gatherings, sites of becoming, sites of healing . A series of participatory workshops that re-imagines what a reconsidered pledge of allegiance may sound like to create a sense of home for all.

 
Nuttaphol Ma
presents
Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots
Words contain power. Some choose words to hurt, to demean, to bully, to disrupt, to scare. Some thread them together to create, to hope, to unify, to build, to fight! These two intents came to a clash on 14 Jul 2019 when the president divided the nation with hurtful words targeted towards four congresswomen of color. They were told to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Such xenophobic rhetoric has not only sparked a public outcry in support of the congresswomen but has ruptured past wounds of those who were also told to “go back” at some point in their lives.
I was one of them.
In an age of digital immediacy, when soundbites come and go in a split second, this one lingered, piercing deep inside. How to respond to such bullshit? Some choose to suppress their emotions, some choose humor as an outlet, some speak up. I speak through my artistic voice.
I turned inwards to question the relationship between our flag and the pledge to our flag. What will the social imagination of this relationship look like to create an equal footing for all? What will the flag look like? How will the pledge be worded? I began altering the solid red stripes with red tally marks. In place of the stars, I made markings of the Chinese character  (zheng). references tally marks as well and translates to being upright, just, and firm. Accompanying the altered flag, I’ve reconsidered and rewrote the pledge to the flag with a vision of a place with heart, a place with a welcoming sense of belonging. It reads: “I pledge allegiance to our Flag, one open Nation, in compassionate unity, with liberty and justice for all.”
For the coming years, I will move forward with these stitchings at sites of gatherings, sites of arrivals, sites of departures, sites of longing; and in the midst of the covid pandemic, these stitchings take residence at sites of isolation. 
Concurrently, I’ve created a participatory workshop aimed to reflect on how the pledge came to be, to consider the words in detail. The collective performance aspires to unpack these points through a series of facilitated writing and reflection exercises sequenced to guide participants to imagine what their pledge will be to achieve a sense of home for all. I will collect these reconsidered pledges, care for them. With time, I shall carry these words and recite them all at the reflecting pool of the Lincoln Memorial, the base of the Statue of Liberty, and along the shores of Angel Island.
Ephemera from these actions will be housed in a downloadable book to be gifted back to all participants. Copies will be gifted to the four congresswomen color for giving me the strength to undertake this project. Furthermore, copies will be sent to members of the house of representatives and the senate with the hope for a culture shift.
The following details my forthcoming public interventions from Oct 2019 to Sep 2020. Dates and sites from 2021 to 2023 will be posted by the end of 2020. Crossed out dates reflect original intentions but were cancelled due to covid. Dates are subject to change. Check for archived documentation of durational performance via Instagram @thechinaoutpost,  Twitter @thechinaoutpost and an interactive map of my public stitching.
Oct 2019
+ Fri 18Oct2019: 1p-3p . University of New Mexico Campus – Imagining America Conference . Student Union Building 3/F > Albuquerque, New Mexico
+ Sat 19Oct2019: 430p-6p . University of New Mexico – Imagining America Conference . Participatory Workshop 001 > Albuquerque, New Mexico
+ Sat 12Oct2019: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico
+ Sat 26Oct2019: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jan 2020
+ Fri 17Jan2020: noon-2p . Badwater Basin > Death Valley, California
+ Sat 18Jan2020: noon-2p . Harmony Borax Works > Furnace Creek . Death Valley, California
+ Sun 26Jan2020: 1–3p . Union Station > Los Angeles, California
Feb 2020
+ Sat 01Feb2020: 1p-3p . Greyhound + Amtrak Station > Albuquerque, New Mexico
+ Sat 08Feb2020: 1p-3p . Greyhound + Amtrak Station > Albuquerque, New Mexico
+ Sat 22Feb2020: 1p-3p . Greyhound + Amtrak Station > Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mar 2020
+ Sat 14Mar2020: 1p-3p . Old Town Plaza > Albuquerque, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19
Apr 2020
+ Sun 05Apr2020: noon-2p . Santa Fe Railyard site of isolation (a ditch below railroad tracks)
Santa Fe, NM – due to COVID19
+ Sun 12Apr2020: noon-2p . Santa Fe Railyard >Santa Fe, New Mexico – due to COVID19
+ Sun 26Apr2020: noon-2p . Santa Fe Railyard site of isolation (vacant parking lot of home good store)
Santa Fe, NM – due to COVID19
May 2020
+ Sat 09May2020: noon-2p . Taos Plaza . Taos, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19
+ Sun 17May2020: 1-3p . Taos Plaza site of isolation (a place between an overgrown track and one under the sun) Santa Fe, NM – due to COVID19
+ Sat 23May2020: noon-3p . Angel Island Immigration Station > San Francisco, California cxld due to COVID19
+ Sat 30May2020: Noon-2p . Taos Plaza . Taos, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19
Jun 2020
+ Sat 13Jun2020: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19
+ Sat 20Jun2020: 10a-1p . Santa Fe Railyard > Santa Fe, New Mexico cxld due to COVID19
+ Mon 29Jun2020: 10a-noon . site of isolation (under a derelict rail bridge) > Santa Fe, NM
Jul 2020
+ Sat 04Jul2020: noon-3p . Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool > Washington DC cxld due to COVID19
Aug 2020
+ Sat 29Aug2020: 10a-1230p . site of isolation (along decommissioned rail tracks) > Santa Fe, NM
Sep 2020
+ Sat 26Sep2020: 10a-1230p . site of isolation (along decommissioned rail tracks) > Santa Fe, NM
A publication will chronicle my forthcoming public stitchings from Oct 2019 through Sep 2020. I’m thrilled and honored to announce that this publication is funded in part by the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts.


The workshop contains the following core sections:
 
01/ Storytelling >>> I set out to contextualize the workshop with a personal story that has led to the creation of this workshop – shedding layers on the formation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
02/ Walk With Me >>> This session starts off with a guided breathing exercise to center one’s mind followed by a series of facilitated writing and sharing moments. They are sequenced to direct participants to arrived a re-imagined working pledge based on one’s personal experiences and one’s vision for a sense of home for all.
03/ Mapping our Collective Voices >>> Participants to virtually post their working pledges. Time will be given to reflect in silence. A debrief session will address thematic patterns that resonated with participants. Documentation of session’s common threads, the overall tone, and a transcription of all reconsidered pledges will be emailed to participants.
The following details the schedule for the forthcoming virtual participatory workshops (max per session: 5)
Workshop 002: Wed 13Jan2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 003: Wed 17Feb2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 004: Wed 17Mar2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 005: Wed 14Apr2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 006: Wed 12May2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 007: Wed 16Jun2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 008: Wed 14Jul2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 009: Wed 11Aug2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 010: Wed 08Sep2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 011: Wed 06Oct2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Workshop 012: Wed 10Nov2021 . 6p Mountain Time . Register via Zoom.
Groups (eg: universities, community centers, classes) interested in workshops or in-person participatory workshops, please send request to thechinaoutpost@gmail.com. Note that in-person workshops will adhere to current covid restrictions of the physical site.

“We Live in a Haunted Place” . Artist Talk . Wed 28 Oct 2020 . 6p Mountain Time . Friends of Architecture Santa Fe – PechaKucha Talks via Zoom / Vol.8 “Ghosts”

Friends of Architecture Santa Fe (FASF)
Santa Fe . New Mexico

PechaKucha Talks: Vol. 8 – Ghosts

We stand on a foundation of ashes. It takes a sociopolitical jolt, at times a revolt, to exorcise the tears, the cries, the longing that’s deeply buried in the land. It is during these times of rupture that we realize that we live in a haunted place. What can we learn from our ghostly past? How can we compost our learnings to regenerate new stems of hope? As part of Vol. 8 of the PechaKucha Talk, I reflect on these questions through readings from my prose that chronicle my journeys to sites of arrivals, sites of departures, sites of longing, and sites of isolation.

Cohort of speakers include: Emergency Psychiatrist Nancy MartinHistoric Preservationist Ke Vaughn HardingArtist Nuttaphol MaZooarchaeologist Victoria MonagleArchitect Ayumi Date, and Photographer Rich Frishman.

Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
Time: 6p Mountain Time
Virtual via Zoom: Click here to register
Link: PechaKucha Santa Fe | Vol. 8 Ghosts

Event is free and open to the public

“ปากอยู่กับทาง / Your Words Reside With Your Path” . Artist Talk . 28Apr2020 . 0900a-1030a . University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico . Social Practice Class
Albuquerque . New Mexico

ปากอยู่กับทาง / Your Words Reside With Your Path

I’m humbly honored to be speaking to a social practice class at UNM. “ปากอยู่กับทาง / Your Words Reside With Your Path” shares my artistic process in constructing the conceptual framework of my current work entitled “Stitching Dreams of Leaving, Dreams of Roots.”
Date: Tuesday 28Apr2020
Time: 0900a – 1030a (Mountain Time)
This is a private class lecture.

Mighty Dreams: Designing and Fostering Belonging in ‘America’ . Imagining America National Gathering . Fri 18Oct – Sun 20Oct . University of New Mexico

 
Imagining America National Gathering @ UNM
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque . NM
The Imagining America (IA) consortium brings together scholars, artists, designers, humanists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory ‘America’ and world. Working across institution, disciplinary, and community divides, Imagining America strengthens and promotes public scholarship, cultural organizing, and campus change that inspires collective imagination, knowledge-making, and civic action on pressing public issues. This year marks Imagining America’s 20th anniversary national gathering. The thematic focus of IA’s gathering is on designing and fostering belonging in ‘America’.
I’m thrilled and honored that IA’s steering committee has selected my workshop proposal as part of this year’s national gathering. My participatory workshop entitled “…with Liberty and Justice for All: Our Collective Voices of Laboring through the Re-writing, Re-imagining of the Pledge of Allegiance” will unpack the origins of the pledge to contextualize the facilitated writing and reflection exercises sequenced to guide participants to imagine what their pledge will be to achieve a more equitable space. The session will conclude with a participatory installation of these reconsidered pledges onto a delineated space in a form of a flag.

Conference Date: Friday 18Oct – Sunday 20Oct 2019
Location: University of New Mexico . Student Union Building
Conference General Information: Link
Conference Schedule: https://imaginingamerica.org/national-gathering/schedule/
“… with Liberty and Justice for All: Our Collective Voices of Laboring through the Re-writing, Re-imagining of the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Workshop Date/Time:  Saturday 19Oct . Session Block #4 . 430p-6p
Presenter: Nuttaphol Ma
Location: UNM Student Union Building . Level 3 . Mirage / Thunderbird Room

“Mindful Cartography : Connecting patterns and sequences of dreams, the everyday, the subconscious, the conscious to create wandering lines towards home” . Artist Talk . 24 Jul 2019 7p-830p . Ghost Ranch . Abiquiu . New Mexico

 
Ghost Ranch
280 Private Drive 1708 Hwy, US-84
Abiquiu NM 87510
Artist Talk
I’ve been invited to give at talk at a workshop entitled “Prophetic Action”.  The workshop explores the central role that creativity and art play in initiatives and movements that seek to bring about a more just and equitable world.
My talk, entitled “Mindful Cartography : Connecting patterns and sequences of dreams, the everyday, the subconscious, the conscious to create wandering lines towards home”, traces past and future works – pivotal moments by moments – to create a map that focuses on core questions that underline my projects.  These questions are: “How can I make work about life if I do not live? and “What can one person do to impart change?”
Date: Wed 24Jul2019
Time: 7p-830p
Site: Ghost Ranch

Wurlitzer Residency . 05Jun – 15Aug 2019 . Taos NM

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Wurlitzer Residency
Taos . New Mexico
05 Jun – 15 Aug 2019
I will be at the Wurlitzer Residency in Taos over the next few months.  Words cannot describe how thrilled I am! The alignment of my past dreams has led me to this forthcoming journey.  One involving walking from a riverbank upwards to what I recalled being an open field. The other involved wandering in the mountains and witnessing an Elder blessing a young child. During my residency, I will embrace these dreams and bring them to my conscious by setting my body in motion on this land. I will wander the mountains surrounding Taos. In solitude with the land, I will search routes from the base of the Rio Grande to the grand mesa. Recordings of these unfolding moments surrounding these gestures will give form to my essay film, creating a kinship between stories, journeys, words, moving images, and sound.

SFAI140 . Fri 16Nov18 . 6-9p . Santa Fe Art Institute . Santa Fe NM

 
Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe NM 87502
SFAI 140
SFAI140 is a dynamic 140-second presentation platform highlighting the inspiration and work of 20 artists-in-residence at The Santa Fe Art Institute and community leaders in and around Northern New Mexico.
I’m honored to contribute to this Fall’s SFAI140 where I will be reading excerpt from a short essay I wrote this past summer entitled “… with Liberty and Justice for All…”.  The piece sheds light on the origins of the pledge of allegiance and invites others to consider rewriting one’s own pledge in order to achieve a more equitable space.
Date:  Friday 16 Nov 2018
Time:  6p-9p
Site:  Santa Fe Art Institute
Link:  SFAI 140

The China Onscreen Biennial – Dunhuang Projected > Artists in Conversation . Sun 28Oct18 . 1p-230p . Fowler Museum at UCLA

 
The China Onscreen Biennial (COB)
@ Fowler Museum (UCLA)
308 Charles E Young Dr. N
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Dunhuang Projected : Artists in Conversation
I am honored to be a part of the China Onscreen Biennial in consortium with national cultural institutions including the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Film at REDCAT and the Smithsonian Institution.
My film, entitled Wandering Movements, has been commissioned to be a part of COB’s Dunhuang Projected Sidebar – a short program that will be projected in the wait time before COB’s feature presentations for the duration of the Biennial.
Wandering Movements is inspired from a cave painting depicting a map of past devotees making pilgrimages to a sacred mountain of five plateaus (五台山).  The film tells a story of a migrant’s journey to his inner plateaus as he reflects upon his sites of struggles, the meaning of borders and the shaping of one’s identity.
The UCLA Film & Television Archive will host a special screening of all the commissioned works for the Dunhuang Projected Sidebar at the Fowler Museum.  The event will include my work along featured works of Erin Cosgrove, Inouk Demers, Tsai Charwei and Xie Caomin – followed by a discussion moderated by artist and Director of LA Freewaves Anne Bray.
Date:  Sunday 28 Oct 2018
Time:  1p – 230p
Site:  Fowler Museum at UCLA
Links:
+ Artists in Conversation @ Fowler
+ About the 4th China Onscreen Biennial

 

Remember Our Ancestral Tree . Sat 29Sep18 . 6p-10p . Burnside Farm > Detroit MI

 
Burnside Farm
Detroit . Michigan
Sat 29 Sep 2018 . 6p-10p
Remember Our Ancestral Tree . a performance by Nuttaphol Ma
Burnside Farm residents refer to the tallest tree living on their site as “Grandfather Maple”.  I’ve only seen photos of Grandpa Maple.  One of them stood out.  It depicted Grandpa Maple’s presence and how he cared for the land in the midst of debris. 
As Thais, we believe that spirits live in old trees like Grandpa Maple.  Oftentimes, we wrap cloths around such tree to signify that a spirit inhabits the tree.  At other places in Thailand that are facing deforestation, monks respond by ordaining trees residing within the endangered forest.  They wrap their orange robe around the trunk of the largest or oldest tree to ward off further cuttings. 
On 29 Sep, I shall make a pilgrimage to pay my respect to Grandfather Maple with a performance entitled Remember our Ancestral Tree.  At the base of Grandfather Maple I shall perform the act of wrapping a hand-dyed discarded fabric around the sacred tree.  The performance will engage with the Burnside community on a meditative journey of remembering our ancestors with simple gestures of writing, mark making and wrapping.  In the spirit of healing, the performance concludes with a ritual meal that I shall prepare to honor the tree, the ancestors of this land, and our personal ancestors.
A film screening will follow our communal meal.  The film, entitled “Flower Remember Year”, circles around serendipitous conversations that has led me to El Santuario de Chimayo to collect sacred soil from the site to be used to replant a tree that once existed at the back of my parent’s house as a way of making sense of my father’s diminishing health.  This tree blossoms fragrant flowers called “dawg jam bee”, which loosely translates to flower . remember . year.