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As an artist living in Thailand for the past decade and now residing in the US, Phunsombatlert have reflected on ever-changing social, economic, and political situations, particularly in the framework of globalization. He seeks to analyze and synthesize these issues within the context of history to form art that rethinks Thai identity in the world. Through interactive media installations, he designs systems for sharing and communicating with the viewer that explore the transformation from fact‐based orientation to imagination. This parallels his own transformation as an artist working in the East and the West as well as his move from traditional to new media. Furthermore, it mimics a transmodal transformation that he argues is inherent in new media. Phunsombatlert is currently working on his sound installation, T|r|a|n|s|t|r|a|c|k. The piece combines the metaphorical meanings and functions of train track and sound track, as well as the concept of transformative space focusing on the stories of refugees in the US.
Phunsombatlert earned both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in graphic arts (printmaking) at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and his M.F.A in Digital+Media at Rhode Island School of Design. He has participated in international exhibition, such as the Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 1999, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, ISEA 2004: the 12th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, The Third Guangzhou Triennial 2008, Guangdong Museum of Art, China, and The 4th Auckland Triennial 2010, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand. Among his selected awards and fellowships are Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2001, Second Prize Unesco Digital Art Award 2004, and Asia Cultural Council Fellow 2007.