Arnont Nongyao
lives and works in Chiangmai (TH) - Ho Chi Minh city (VN)

    Arnont has a profound appreciation for the sounds in his environment and delves into discovering the hidden vibrations behind all moving entities, whether they are humans, animals, or objects. Every movement produces vibrations that merge to create a rhythmic and melodic composition within a space, often unconsciously crafted by those making the sounds. Motivated by this, Arnont explores and records these ambient sounds, even if he doesn't understand the language of the area. This exploration fuels his sound art projects, where he collaborates to create public instruments and conducts workshops on communal sound-making using local materials. These materials serve as mediums that capture vibrations, allowing everyone to participate in and express their unique sounds freely. His work includes sound installation, video installations, and sound performances that engage not only the ears but also use vibrations that affect the body, fostering a sense of connection, understanding, and historical awareness of the space through shared vibrations.

    Arnont’s most important teacher was the master Khvay Loeung (1940-2020), a Cambodian sound specialist and inventor, who was also an Ajar for funeral ceremonies. Loeung inspired Arnont to create DIY instruments and engage deeply with the act of listening.

    Some of his selected exhibitions include solo exhibitions and new pieces of sound performance. “Instrumental Possibility” 2023, Esplanade Singapore. “Future Basketball”2023 with Ken Ueno, HELLERAU, Dresden, Germany. Sphere”, SAC Art lap, ChiangMai, Thailand(2018).“Another Sound” co-work with Khvay Loeung, Sa Sa Art projects, Phnom Penh and ChiangMai, 2018. and group exhibitions “Listening Biennial 2023” LYDGALLERIE, Bergen, Norway. “Opera of Kard”, Singapore Biennale 2019, Singapore. “Currents 2019”, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “A Visibility Matrix”, The Secession 2019, Vienna, Austria. Bangkok Art Biennale 2018, Bangkok, Thailand. “Postcripts” Bangkok Biennale, Bangkok, Thailand (2018).“Unstable(ry) Life”, 2016, Manif d’art, Quebec, Canada. 16th Media Art Biennale WRO 2015: Test Exposure, Wroclaw, Poland, TRANCE at Gallery VER, Bangkok, Thailand (2014). PROXIMITY, part of inSPIRACJE International at 13 MUZ, Szczecin, Poland (2014).

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Photo : “Pinky Soundy Bicycle Roaming in Yokohama project, Koganecho Art Bazaar studio, Yokohama, Japan, photographer : Tnonra.