In my performances at the Singapore Biennale 2016/2017, I made an offering to of cut mango to Murugan and to Rajinikanth. This was the second of a series of performances in which I have made post-traditional ritual offerings – coconut at the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, mango at the Burning Man Festival, Mango Dango (dumplings) in , Courtyard Hiroo, Tokyo and Black Grass Jelly in Bangkok and limes and kueh pauh dilayang in Lumut. Amongst the deities and spirits invoked Lord Murugan, Lord Krishna, Momotaro San, Phra Rahu, Phra,Hanuman and all manner of Sial Jambalang.
The Koboi performance for the Bangkok Biennale 2018 references Wisit Sasanatieng’s highly stylized and beautifully colourized 2007 film, Fah Talai Jone (Tears of the Black Tiger), in which the character of Dum gives the cliche of the ‘black-hat cowboy’ a Rahuesque intensity! Ultimately Cowboys and Indians: Bangkok Edition is, like Sasanatieng’s film as I understand it, a paean to almighty Buddha for his compassion.
Yoo hoo hoo hoo
I’ve been crying for your mercy
Does anyone have some mercy for me
Yoo hoo hoo hoo
From the lyrics of Mercy by Leud Prasomsap
(as translated in the subtitles of Tears of the Black Tiger DVD)
I will perform the 2nd part of Cowboys and Indians: Bangkok Edition at 11 am on 2nd Sept 2018 at the Huai Khwang Ganesha Shrine, Din Daeng, Bangkok in the course of daily worship. My performance interprets the celestial conflict between Phra Rahu and Phra Hanuman over the sun, Suriyan. My intervention will take the form of an offering to Prha Rahu. I will engage with myth, cinema, social history and the machinations of Southeast Asian Art in terms of ethnicity, nationality, and regionalism. Please visit https://koboibalikkampung.wixsite.com/rahu/about