Bangkok-based filmmaker and visual artist Chulayar nnon Siriphol works in short film, experimental film, documentary and video installation; his works are in between personal memory and social memory, documentary and fiction, reality and the supernatural. Many of his award-winning short films have been screened in diverse film festivals in Asia and Europe, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2005), the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2014) and the 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Fukuoka, Japan (2014). His film Myth of Modernity was honored at the Thai Short Film & Video Festival in 2014. Chulayarnnon Siriphol is a Fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World in April 2017.
Chulayarnnon Siriphol’s Myth of Modernity was filmed during the political crisis in Thailand of 2013-2014, showing demonstrations that preceded yet another military coup that inscribes itself into a series of military coups since the dissolution of the Kingdom of Thailand in 1932. Starting as what seems to be a documentary reflecting on the impact of Western modern architecture on the traditional form of the Buddhist pagoda, the film turns into an uncanny sci-fi movie, which mixes images of anti-government protesters and a new kind of futurist worship system. It suddenly looks as if the mass of political activists became a mass of worshipers of this fictional, futurist and syncretic form of Buddhism. Through alienating storytelling, the film reveals the empty signifier of the “people” in the moment of its emergence.