Tulapop SAENJAROEN

About The Artist

Tulapop Saenjaroen (b. 1986) is a Bangkok-based artist and filmmaker. He holds advanced degrees from the Slade School of Art and CalArts. His recent works interrogate the correlations between image production and subjectivity, as well as the paradoxes intertwining control and freedom in late capitalism. His work has been included in international exhibitions and screenings, including Locarno Festival; International Film Festival Rotterdam; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; Images Festival Toronto; Kasseler DokFest; Vancouver International Film Festival; Seoul International New Media Festival; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Saenjaroen has won awards from Winterthur, Jakarta, Moscow, and Thailand.

Tulapop SAENJAROEN

"What seizes my attention is the set of the story—simply about their day-off, life in free time. From my point of view, these non-professional actors then performed as they were having pleasure leisure for the camera, having free time while they were actually working."

About The Artwork

People on Sunday

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People on Sunday is a reinterpretation, a response, and a homage to the eponymous German silent film, Menschen am Sonntag (1930) - framed within a different context, a different country, a different era, and different working conditions. The original film was one of the first films to employ the use of amateur actors or non-actors, billing itself “a film without actors”. People on Sunday is an exercise in reflexive, self-referential filmmaking: it consists of the actual performance that happens in a park, a behind-the-scenes look at the performance, and the post-production process of the behind-the-scenes section. As Saenjaroen writes, “What seizes my attention is the setting of the story - the actors simply going about their day off. These non-professional actors were performing as if they had free time, while they were actually working. In other words, they were, to a certain extent, performing all the time. Via the cinematic frame, this work reflects on the neoliberal subject, and provokes the question of representability of free time, of cognitive labor, of contemporary work ethics, and of control and freedom under our incessant surveillance society in late capitalism.”

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