Unspeakable Things - new online journal issue on Thai politics, censorship, and objects of critique
Sensate: A Journal of Critical Media Practice has launched a special issue of its online journal "Unspeakable Things" ["สิ่งที่แตะต้องไม่ได้"].
The first installment of the issue (two more will follow), including an introduction by editors Ben Tausig and Tyrell Haberkorn, "Time's Arrow" by Craig Reynolds et al., "Dear Daranee" by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, and "Music on the Table" by Ben Tausig and Peter Doolan, is available here.
'In "Unspeakable Things," we explore Thai politics through everyday objects - both Thai and foreign analysts are limited in what we can say directly, so we turn to objects as a strategy of dissident analysis. We began this project as the one-year anniversary of the April-May 2010 violent crackdown by Thai state forces on red shirt protestors passed. We are finishing as the second anniversary of the crackdown passes with accountability still elusive. This series is also launched at a time when the number of people convicted of violations of Article 112 and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act is high and growing', the group said in its statement.
'Each piece in this series combines different media forms to create a layered, interactive collage of words, images, video, and sound. At this time, the introduction and the first three pieces, with contributions by Craig Reynolds and Team, Ben Tausig and Peter Doolan, and Elizabeth Fitzgerald, have been published. The remaining six pieces will be released over the coming weeks. We invite you to spend time viewing, listening, and reading, and in so doing reflect on the Thai present and the resonances and effects of what can be spoken and what utterances remain forbidden. We thank you in advance for your time and welcome your feedback', the group said.