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Pan Vanitcharoenthum


Scores and Document 1

7/12/2022


Scores___Map____Nurturing____Problem___Conclusion


In the last walk that I had with the Expodium in the Jaarbeurs area of Utrecht, I remembered the conversation that I had with Nikos very well. He told me that one of the methods that he uses to collect scores is simply being aware of his feelings at different locations. From what I understand, those feelings are the data that share something about the locations that he has been to.
This conversation made me realize the struggle that I have while doing artistic exploration in nature. It was that I didn’t know what I was looking for and I let the information and the surroundings guided me. Therefore, in this page that I am trying to theorize about how I collect scores, I decided to explore myself and try to explain what I was looking for and what guided me while traveling.



I have done a lot of things in the past months. However, I realized that I don't know exactly what I want...



I will extract scores from the past experiences!!!



How not to look for a score but still collect them?


I found it hard for myself to look for something while traveling or doing something. Maybe I try to keep myself open to any interesting information that comes to me.


So, what did I do?


I did activities such as visiting museums, working on my 3D modeling job for blind people, reading texts about nature, strolling on the internet, and taking care of my plants.


A lot of things were collected from those experiences but they are in the form of photographs, pieces of texts from the book I read, or even memories in my head.
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How can I turn them into scores?
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The act of collecting the scores happens when I travel back through those archives and memories, and filter out things that I want.



So, what am I looking for?

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Score for self reflection, find out the reasons behind my artistic practice.

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Through my act of traveling through nature, researching about crayfish, strolling on the internet, and other daily activities, I have gained a lot of information but I lacked the awareness of what I want. Therefore, the act of going through my archive of images, texts, websites, and memories, and reflecting on them is an act of making scores for me.
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How do I reflect and filter items in my archive?
Looking for evidence of interaction between humans and nature.
How does this item make me feel?
Make connections with the other scores.
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Reflecting on the scores have made the intention in my research about invasive species more clear.

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Why is this important to me to research about this? How does it relate to my artistic practice?
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What question do I want to raise?
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Where and how can I research further into this topic?
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Why is it relevant for others to look at this research?
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The research about Invasive crayfish


Is my research about invasive species a metaphor of my identity as a foreigner in this country?
Invasive species are usually treated as something less than animals, and our culture says that killing them is the right thing.

Of course, my situation as an immigrant is not as harsh, but I do feel the difference in the rights that I have compared to Dutch people. Tuition fees, scholarships, visa, and language are the examples.
Can we reach a point of equilibrium? Is it possible for invasive creatures to live in harmony with the natives?



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There are some problems with the scientific approach that I love.

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. Realizing that I should apply more feminine principles into my artistic research
Reading the text Staying Alive by Vandana Shiva made me realize that my approach, which is very scientific, can be harmful to nature to some degree. Don't get me wrong, the scientific method and logical thinking are still very important but I think that a lot of methods (colonial way of approaching nature) should be changed.
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Also, since I really love nature and animals, I should apply the feminine principle to my research as well. I want to be someone who reconnects human and nature, not destroying them.


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What kind of things that I do to nature that are harmful?
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What is the colonial way of approaching nature?
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The Problems: Colonial way of approaching nature.



1. That is a baby pike that I caught back in early November. I learned a lot about this kind of fish through fishing. However, I also use scientific research as an excuse for catching animals. While I am still hungry for knowledge, this is very cruel and unfair, and it makes me think about how we can approach animals or nature differently.

2.Four studies of a frog by Jacques de Gheyn: 1575
This picture reminds me of how frogs are treated during biology class, in which students would cut open the organism to study the internal organs. In the colonial way of approaching nature, we seem to objectify organisms as material for scientific studies.

3.The Cloak of Infamy by Jacobus van der Hoeven and Ambrosius Visscher: 1688
This is a torturing tool that has the depiction of crawly creatures such as snakes and bats. It shows that people in the past believed that they were evil.
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I want to imagine a world where different species can live in harmony.

I want to reinvent the scientific way of approaching nature.



Plan for futures.
Now that my intentions are clearer, I am more confident to progress in my artistic research. I sent an application for an artist residency at Gallery Out-Post in Serra da Estrela, Portugal.
During the duration of residency, I would like to explore the deteriorating nature of Serra de Estrela. I have read news articles about the forest fire that happened in the national park last summer and back in 2017. Because this disaster has grown larger over time, I feel the urgency to experience the natural landscape before it disappears.
I am very interested in traveling through both places that were damaged by fire and the forests that are still in good condition. Hiking and learning about how plants and animals in the area are doing is a way of communicating with nature and learning about their current conditions. I will keep records of those stories, physically and digitally, by using techniques such as sketching, 3D scanning, and coding. Through information about living beings and landscapes that I gather, I would like to create an archive that shares the stories and connection of those plants and animals to the surrounding. I believe that the archive will help warn people and also remind us to preserve what is still existing.