ไฟเคลื่อนดิน
(Title named after When Faith Moves Mountains by Francis Alÿs)

2014, synchronized 3 – channel video, HD, 16:9, 20 min 25 sec, colour, stereo, Thai language with English subtitle, and edition of 3+2AP, dimension vary with each installation.

I am a consumer of electricity, so it is my duty to know how it is produced and the impact that has on the environment. When Need Moves the Earth” examines large scale electricity production and its environmental impact at Thailand’s Srinakarin Dam site and the Mae Moh Lignite mine. The Srinakarin Dam and the mine are located in an area of active seismic faults and additional stress from the construction can potentially produce man made earthquakes.

Land deployment always has two sides: some people may gain profit, but all of us lose out in a more general sense. I encourage viewers to witness with me, the impact of large scale construction in a sensitive geological environment and I invite them to consider less hazardous construction practices and alternative methods to secure safe and efficient energy production.

“When Need Moves the Earth reflects on the impact of altering the natural environment during the course of human activities such as mining or the creation of hydroelectric power. More specifically, Sutthirat Supaparinya presents a visual exploration of a coal mine and a water dam, both of which are used to generate electricity. Her video installation combines documentary and experimental techniques to create a unique narrative of the Srinakarin Dam and the Mae Moh Lignite Mine, both sites administered by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. These two large-scale sites are located along or near natural active faults, which are deep or shallow fractures that give expression to the dynamic Earth.

In addition to drastically altering the landscape, coal mining and dam building are also known to be a potential cause of man-made earthquakes. Most of these are small in scale compared to the most destructive natural earthquakes, but these human interventions can influence the stress load stored in natural faults. This artwork also encourages viewers to consider our high consumption of electrical power, and proposes that communities and societies improve their sustainability planning and hazard reduction efforts.”

From a book “Unearthed”, wrote by the Earth Observatory of Singapore, published by Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

Down load a Short Guide of Unearthed exhibition here
More to read at: http://www.earthobservatory.sg/news/exhibition-eos-art-projects-singapore-art-museum#.U_SXoUgRbPk

เครดิต/ Credits

กำกับ สุทธิรัตน์ ศุภปริญญา
กำกับภาพ ฉัตรชัย สุบรรณ
ลำดับภาพ สุทธิรัตน์ ศุภปริญญา
ผู้ช่วยผู้กำกับ มลฦฌนันท์ ลภัสภัคคณุฒ์ม
แก้ไขและออกแบบเสียง นครินทร์ รอดพุฒ
กล้องหลัก ฉัตรชัย สุบรรณ
กล้องรอง สุทธิรัตน์ ศุภปริญญา
ผู้ช่วยกล้อง ธนยศ รูปขจร
บันทึกเสียง สุทธิรัตน์ ศุภปริญญา
ผู้ช่วยบันทึกเสียง มลฦฌนันท์ ลภัสภัคคณุฒ์ม
แก้ไขสี สุทธิรัตน์ ศุภปริญญา
เครดิตคลังสื่อ:
ภาพถ่ายจดหมายเหตุ ฝ่ายประชาสัมพันธ์ การไฟฟ้าฝ่ายผลิตแห่งประเทศไทย เขื่อนศรีนครินทร์
กูเกิ้ลแมป: ©2013 DigitalGlobe, TerraMetrics, Map dta ©2013 Google, Tele Atlas
ตรวจทานภาษาอังกฤษ เจสสิกา โลว์

Direction: Sutthirat Supaparinya
Director of Photography: Chatchai Suban
Editor: Sutthirat Supaparinya
Assistant Director: Monruadchanan Laphatphakkhanut
Sound Editor and Designer: Nakarin Rodput
Main Camera: Chatchai Suban
Second Camera: Sutthirat Supaparinya
Camera Assistant: Thanayos Roopkhajorn
Sound recordist: Sutthirat Supaparinya
Recording assistant: Monruadchanan Laphatphakkhanut
Color Correction: Sutthirat Supaparinya
Stock media credits:
Photograph archives from Public Relation Department Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Srinagarind Dam
Google Map: ©2013 DigitalGlobe, TerraMetrics, Map dta ©2013 Google, Tele Atlas
English Correction: Jessica Loh

ขอขอบคุณ/Special thanks to:
การไฟฟ้าฝ่ายผลิตแห่งประเทศไทยโรงไฟฟ้าแม่เมาะ และเหมืองลิกไนท์แม่เมาะ
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Mae Moh Power Plant and Mae Moh Lignite Mine
การไฟฟ้าฝ่ายผลิตแห่งประเทศไทย เขื่อนศรีนครินทร์
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Srinagarind Dam

ที่ปรึกษาทางธรณีวิทยา
ดร สราวุธ จันทรประเสริฐ
ภาควิชาธรณีวิทยา คณะวิทยาศาสตร์มหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่
Geological Consultant
Dr. Sarawute Chantraprasert,
Lecturer at Department of Geological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University

EOS VAP (Earth Observatory of Singapore- Visiting Artist Program)
Professor Isaac Kerlow
Deena Shareena K
Syuhaidah Binte Azlin

EOS researcher
Dr. Aron Meltzner
Judith Hubbard
Sywain Babbot
Marie Etches
Dr. Christos Gouramanis

REVIEWS:

The Chiang Mai-based visual artist’s piece examines large-scale electricity production and its environmental impact at two fragile sites in Thailand, located in an area of active seismic faults. Construction, she says, can lead to man-made earthquakes. Her video impresses on viewers the need to consider less hazardous construction practices and more efficient ways of producing energy.
Text from Straits Times, January 29, 2016
Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Taking the long view, Bangkok Post/ lifestyle, 9 August 2017, [down-lode PDF file]
ภานุ บุญพิพัฒนาพงศ์, Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs รวมมิตรศิลปะชามโต ของศิลปินหลากหลายชาติพันธุ์ (จบ), Matichon Weekend มติชน สุดสัปดาห์ คอลัมน์ อะไร(แม่ง)ก็เป็นศิลปะ, 4-10 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand [down-lode PDF file]
ภานุ บุญพิพัฒนาพงศ์, Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs รวมมิตรศิลปะชามโต ของศิลปินหลากหลายชาติพันธุ์ (1), Matichon Weekend มติชน สุดสัปดาห์ คอลัมน์ อะไร(แม่ง)ก็เป็นศิลปะ, 28 July-3 August 2017, Bangkok,Thailand [down-lode PDF file]

Catalogs’ list

Prudential Eye Awards; Contemporary Asian Art, 2016, Skira, Italy
Unseen Existence: dialogues with Environment at the Contemporary Art, 2014, Hong Kong Art Center, Hong Kong
UNEARTHED, 2014, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
-The EOS Art Projects 2010-2013, The Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, 2014, Singapore

The work has been shown in the following exhibitions and countries:

2017:
Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand – curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero [July 15 – October 31, 2017]

2016:
Nominated and shortlisted for the category “BEST EMERGING ARTIST USING DIGITAL & VIDEO” for the third Prudential Eye Awards.
ArtScience Museum, Prudential Eye Award Exhibition 2016, Singapore (16 January to 27 March 2016)

2015:
Soft Power 2015, Leo Gallery, Shanghai, China (July 26-Oct 24, 15)

2014:
Unearthed, 8Q@Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (21.3- 6.7.14)
Unseen Existence: Dialogues with the Environment in Contemporary Art, Pao Galleries and Jockey Club Atrium, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (12.12.14 – 01.15.15)