Interested in the notion of sound as a vibration and the world as a network of complex vibrations, Arnont Nongyao creates experimental sound performances and installations. Opera of Kard (Market) is an immersive multi-screen installation. Each of the 12 channels plays back the sounds and scenery from a kard, or local market in northern Thailand. These weekly markets are gathering places where people from different ethnic backgrounds congregate, communicate and trade. From people chattering to birds singing and the wind blowing, each kard is, for the artist, also a musical score. Rearranged into a single composition, the sounds now come together as a socio-cultural operatic performance of the kard.
Arnont Nongyao (b. 1979, Bangkok, Thailand) is a sound artist with a particular interest in vibration. Most of his works are experimental and research-driven; they are a search for a relationship between things such as objects, human beings and society. His works often use low-fi or analogue-based methods and are created from a limitation of technology rather than its advancement. Arnont has presented his work widely at exhibitions and festivals locally and internationally. His groundbreaking solo exhibition was ‘Another Sound,’ a co-work with Khvay Loeung, at Sa Sa Art projects (Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2018). Arnont is also the Co-Director of Chiang Mai Collective (CMC). He lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.