Movable window reset in a wall, containing sand, water and air inside, to perceive a large acrylic on canvas through it.
Overall dimensions vary with installation
Collection SAM, Singapore
The installation Algahest, 2012 represents the planet Kepler 22B through a movable window. The image of the planet is drawn by an illustrator employed by NASA and reprodu- ced here by the artist Pattara Chanruechachai. As one turns the window frame, a landscape of sand, air and water (elements necessary for all forms of life) slowly slides down, reconstituting itself.
We know little about K-22B, other than the possible presence on its surface of water in a liquid state, which could mean a chance of finding lifeforms. NASA, having recently published a illustrator’s view of the planet (not far from the image of our Earth), has decided to communicate its scientific advances through someone’s subjective imagination. For Pratchaya Phinthong, this image of a future world recalls our prehistoric past. Algahest represents the way memory is constituted through different cultural, collective and personal filters.The title of the installation alludes to a universal solvent capable of reducing every body to its base matter. This process, consisting in passing from one form to another, is close to the artist’s train of thought.