Fireworks (Fans)

A Single Channel Video Installation by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Projected on transparent glass with Holo Film
Length: 8:43 minutes (looped)
Medium: Digital (HD), Colour
Aspect Ratio: 9:8
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Year: 2016
Co-Produced by The Biennale of Sydney 2016

Under ‘The Embassy of Disappearance’, The Biennale of Sydney 2016, 18 March - 5 June, 2016, Australia
(Formerly known as ‘Home Movie’)
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An exhibition space hosts a cave-like ritual where people gather to simply take in the light. It is the most primitive form of cinema back when stories were imagined from a blaze. The work is a reflection of my ’Home’ in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The place is surrounded by insects, heat and smoke during March. It is also right by the army camp. Since the coup d'état in May 2014, the military junta has silenced critics by force and intimidation. The streets are cleared of demonstrators.


In this home-cave, the heat is both comfortable and threatening. A fireball is an organic-like machine with phantom fans to blow away the heat and, at the same time, rouse the fire, which is impossible to put out even in dreams.