&all that nature provides Ephemeral Island Pasang Naik [The Tide]
Thursday February 27th, 8pm

Visions of Southeast Asia

Artists' Television Access - 992 Valencia (at 21st Street) - San Francisco

  • The Ephemeral Island by Kiye Simon Luang; France/Thailand/Laos, video 30 min.
  • all that nature provides  by Cade Bursell; US, video 2006) 28 min.
  • Pasang Naik by Amie Siegel; Cambodia/Indonesia/Thailand/US, video 1997, 16 min.

  • In either proclaiming or lamenting the world's interconnectedness under global capitalism, it has become almost a cliche to see "sameness" everywhere we look. Tonight's three short films gently take us elsewhere.

    Cade Bursell's all that nature provides (2006) looks at the art practices of Luang Por Chaoren, the Abbot of Thamkrabok Monastery in Thailand. Here, an outline of a leaf becomes a song, the patterns of fallen tree limbs translate into chants, and rocks yield color for abstract paintings that map the history of the sites from which they were gathered.  While the monastery is also internationally known for its effective drug detox program (originally developed for opium addicts who were considered parias in Thai culture), Bursell's half-hour film focuses on the creative practices which (literally) draw on nature's patterns and material and transform them, sometimes in an almost John Cage-like manner, into sounds and images. Cade Bursell is a former Bay Area resident and teacher whose experimental shorts include Skate, and Test Sites. She is currently teaching at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.Bay Area Premiere.

    Kiye Simon Luang's The Ephemeral Island (2005) is a quiet evocation of joy -- the joy brought by the temporary islands that emerge in the midst of Mekong River during winter season. Luang simply observes this liminal space between two shores and two countries (Laos and Thailand) and the elation that converges there for a brief moment. A young videomaker who lives and works in Marseilles, France, Luang is working on a long project on his family history in Laos, and The Ephemeral Island was shot during a research trip for the longer piece.  The images, raw and shot without forethought, embody the sense of wonder of those moments when we are simply and wholly caught up in what we see. US premiere. 

    Amie Siegel's earlier Pasang Naik (The Tide, 19