A Topography of the Subconscious: Pathompon Mont Tesprateep
This edition of M+ Screenings features the collaboration of Thai filmmaker and visual artist Pathompon Mont Tesprateep. Celebrated filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul—whose work is featured in the M+ Collections—recently nominated Tesprateep for Frameworks, a new initiative by the International Film Festival Rotterdam that supports work by emerging artists. Tesprateep has a commitment to and affection for celluloid, and his works Endless, Nameless (2014) and Song X (2017) were made on expired film stock. Intimate yet obscured, his dreamlike images are sumptuous, almost tactile compositions of light and abstraction that convey personal stories. Drawing from his earlier career directing music videos and as a member of the band Assajan Jakgawan, Tesprateep has a profound understanding of sound and music, as seen in an earlier work, Military Droning (2012), which features monochrome still images of military personnel juxtaposed with a rehearsal of the choir of the Royal Thai Army School of Music. It follows naturally that his latest film, Confusion Is Next (2018), is a portrait of a musician at work. Making visceral connections between sound and image, Tesprateep elegantly and eloquently presents a topography of the subconscious, sketching out very personal histories and, perhaps, the condition of living as an artist in Thailand today.

Tesprateep selected three films for Southeast Asia Moving Image Mixtape, to illustrate influences on his practice:
Le rayon vert (1986) | Éric Rohmer – Friday 21.9.2018 21:50
Slow Action (2010) | Ben Rivers – Saturday 22.9.2018 14:40
India Song (1975) | Marguerite Duras – Sunday 23.9.2018 14:55

Join us for an in-person conversation with Tesprateep on Saturday 22 September.