Timur Si-Qin in the 3rd “Bangkok Art Biennale, CHAOS : CALM”

Timur Si-Qin participates in the 3rd “Bangkok Art Biennale, CHAOS : CALM”, running from 22 October, 2022 to 23 February, 2023.

This edition’s theme “CHAOS : CALM”, reflecting the unpredictable conditions that the world has endured over the past few years, inviting artists whose works reflect the turbulence, trauma and angst experienced by many during these times. From this state of uncertainty, the Biennale hopes to present diverse perspectives that offer new possibilities for hope and coexistence in the future.

The Biennale is divided into 12 venues, and Timur Si-Qin’s work Oracle of the Ashes of Plants is on display at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

In the Oracle of the Ashes of Plants, Si-Qin explores the relationship that humans have with nature throughout the Millenia. After visiting an archeological site in the mountains of Romania, he came across limestone dwellings that date back to the Neolithic era. One temple sat atop a steep hill in a beech forest, cut into a stone cliff, the landscape had been modified by diverse cultures and settlements marking thousands of years of use and adaptation. At the entrance was the stump of an enormous ancient spruce tree, to the artist it felt almost theatrically staged, symbolic of the state of the natural world in 2020. Oracle of the Ashes of Plants is the 3D-scanned remains of this tree. The stump is augmented, supported by a generated structure as well as sections of smooth geometric artificing and interpolation. The tree is orbited by a curved LED video that depicts its original environment. The work explores the anthropocentric mindset that characterizes humanity’s domination of the natural world.

Timur Si-Qin, Oracle of the Ashes of Plants, 2021, 3D sculpture, LED screen, 200 x 275 x 214 cm (3D sculpture), 448 x 32 cm (LED screen by 2 parts)