utamachote


“Because I am human”



cultural producer/
film director /
curator

- based in berlin


Sarnt Utamachote © 2022


/ audiovisual content producer

/ film director

/ film editor

/ production manager - project manager


/ curator and researcher

/ founder - president of collective 














     
Sarnt Utamachote (ษาณฑ์ อุตมโชติ) is a Southeast Asian nonbinary filmmaker and curator based in Berlin. Their curatorial and artistic practices aim to draw the bridge between archives of social movements, diasporic/queer community-building and their healing potentials. They co-founded collective “un.thai.tled” (of Thai-German diasporic critical creatives), through which they curated critical cultural events with focus on Southeast Asian diaspora, cinema, BIPOC communities in Berlin. This includes projects such as upcoming intervention “Forgetting Thailand” (2022) at exhibition “Nation, Narration, Narcosis” (curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers) Hamburger Bahnhof: Museum of Contemporary Arts, “Still, we sing” (with Phuong Phan, 2022) on Vietnamese, Laos and Cambodian migrants in GDR at space D21 Leipzig, “Beyond the kitchen: Stories from the Thai Park” (with Katrin Peters-Klaphake, 2020) on Thai Park community at district museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, “Imagining Queer Bandung” (with Popo Fan and Ragil Huda, 2021) workshop series and “un.thai.tled Film Festival Berlin” (with Rosalia Namsai Engchuan, 2019-now) at Sinema Transtopia Berlin. They are the selected alumni of Young Curators Workshop of 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), and Whole Life Academy Workshops on Archive Methods (2021) at HKW Berlin, and AFA Masterclass 2022. Currently they work as a part of selection commitees at Short Film Festival Hamburg and Xposed Queer Film Festival Berlin (2022-).

Emerging from the Berlin local independent scene, they work as a local audiovisual content/line producer, editor and director. Being a part of larger network of emerging diasporic German-born filmmakers-artists, they constantly partake in developing, assisting, and distributing especially short films that represent creative minoritarian perspectives. Having years of experience in especially creative music videos, they have collaborated with, for example, Erik Leuthäuser, Lie Ning, Liz Kosack, Melt Trio and international music scenes. Their filmmaking style becomes a blend of musical rhythms, mundane poetry, affirmative intimate moments and ensemble-like construction.

Their upcoming short film “Sonic Reverbs” (2021-) won the 2020 Xposed Short Film Fund Berlin and currently waits for its world premiere. Their video installation “I Am Not Your Mother” (2020) was exhibited at International Rotterdam Film Festival and nominated for “R.D. Pestonji Award” at Thai Short Film and Video Festival Bangkok 2020. Their short film “Soy Sauce” (2020) was screened at, for example, OutFest Fusion Los Angeles, Xposed Queer Film Festival Berlin, Munich Queer Film Festival, and Queer East London 2021.


 
photo by Kantatach Kijtikhun

“Because I am human”



I believe artists must have manifesto;
and mine is currently in the state of making





(Languages)
    Thai; Mothertongue
    English; Very Fluent, Academic (IELTS 7.5)
    German; Very Fluent, Academic (DSH 2, C2)

(Computer)
    Adobe Premiere, Adobe Lightroom,
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop
Google Drive, Slack, Trello, Miro
    Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

    Communication, Organisation, Patience
    Design, Handwork (Painting-Drawing, Sewing-Patternwork)
   Conceptual/Critical Thinking

(Music)
Piano & Electric Cello




 Education Institutions


- Freie Universität Berlin (2016-2021)
     Filmwissenschaft (Cinema Studies) &
     Literaturwissenschaft (Literature Studies),
     Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities

     Topic: “Vertikale Liminalität und mediales (Nach)Leben während de Finanzkrise im süd-ostasiatishen Kino” (Grade 1.3 or Very Good)

- Chulalongkorn University (2010-2014)
   Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture

     Topic: “Performative Jewelry-Design for queer Bodies
(Grade 1.7 or Very Good)


Education Workshops


Artist for artist (AFA) Masterclass 2022 “Language is never on the ground” (selected)

- The Whole Life Academy 2021-22 of HKW “Archive of 11th Hour” (selected)

- Young Curators Workshop at Berlin Biennale 2020 (selected)



   

CURATORIAL PRACTICES (selected)


(2022)
[Conference with film screenings - as assistant curator, project coordinator]
“Cinema of commoning”
- with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Research, exhibition, events, publication - as co-curator]
“Southeast Asian co-ethnic solidarity in the GDR times” (working title)
- with space D21, Leipzig

[Music festival with film screenings and panels - as co-curator]
“Celestial Festival”
- with Yeoja Magazine, Berlin

[One-day intervention show - as curator]
“Forgetting Thailand”
- at “Nation, Narration, Narcosis” of Hamburger Bahnhof: Museum For Contemporarry Arts, Berlin

(2021)
[Film programme with discussions - as co-curator]
“Common Cold: un.thai.tled Film Festival 2021”
- with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Film programme with discussions - as part of group curators]
“Critical Conditions”
- with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Film programme]
Far East Section: Shorts from Thailand
- with Soda Films/Festival Al Este, Peru

[Film programme with discussions and performances, Filmmaking, Podcasting workshop - as co-curator]
“Imagining Queer Bandung” (June-Aug 2021)
- with bi’bak and Queer Asia (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Festival programme, Digital performances and discussions - as co-curator]
“Non Native Native Fair” (June 2021)
- with Non Native Native, Amsterdam

(2020)
[Film programme, Film workshop and discussions - as co-curator ]
“un.thai.tled Film Festival & un.thai.tled Filmworkshop for young BPOCs 2020” (Sep-Oct 2020)
- with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)


[Film programme and discussion - as part of group curators]
“Restart: Sinema” (Sep 2020) - with bi’bak (at Sinema Transtopia, Berlin)

[Exhibition, archive research and publication - as co-curator]
“Beyond the kitchen: Stories of Thai Park” (March-July 2020)

- with/at district museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in der Villa Oppenheim, Berlin


(2019)
[Exhibition, film programme and public intervention - as curator ]
Thai Film Screenings Berlin 2019 at Kino Moviemento, Berlin
Thai Evening in Berlin 2019 at Schalet, Berlin
- Kick-off events of un.thai.tled collective (June-Aug 2019)



 







FILMOGRAPHY (selected)


(2021)
Sonic Reverbs (Short Film), as Producer, Director, DOP, Editor - In Festival Phase
Lemons (Music video for Michael Loves Michael), as Co-Director, DOP - In Postproduction
Hunde/Freunde (Short Film), as Editor - In Festival Phase
The streets are our red carpets (Short Film), as DOP - In Postproduction

(2020)
I Am Not Your Mother (Video Installation/Short Film), as Producer, Director, DOP, Editor
︎ “Sacred Beings” programm at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020, Interface Video Festival Zagreb 2020, Nominated for “R.D. Pestonji Award” at Thai Short Film and Video Festival Bangkok 2020, Hive Film Days Neukolln Berlin 2021
Liberty & Death (Music video for ASLAN), as Producer, Director, Editor
Nước tương/Soy Sauce (Short Film), as Producer, Director, Script, Editor
︎ OutFest Fusion Queer Film Festival Los Angeles 2021, Reelout: Kingston’s Queer Film Festival 2021, Papaya Rocks Film Festival London 2021, Changing Perspectives Film Festival Istanbul 2021, Seoul Queer Culture Festival 2021, Xposed Queer Film Festival Berlin 2021, Queer East Film Festival London 2021, Queer Munich Film Festival 2021

(2019)
Fifty Three (Music video for Alex’s Hand), as Director, DOP, Editor
Kitchen Heroine (Video Clip/Short Film), as Producer, DOP, Editor, Colorist - Director : Wisanu Phu-artdun (Bauhaus University)
Whiskey Store (Music Video), as Director Assistant - Director : Klaus Salminen (Nordic Media House)
Tea Time: Ethics of Design (Promo Clip), as Gaffer - Director : Ben Mergelsberg (Wrangelfilms)

(2018)
Winter Rain (Poetry video for Alex Wolf), as Director, Script, DOP, Editor, Color
Deep Talk (Music video for Coco Elane), as Director, Script, Editor, Color
︎ Winner “Best Feminist Shorts” Bucharest Film Awards 2018
Kannst du mein Kangaroo sein? (Music video for Erik Leuthäuser), as Director, Script, Editor, Color
︎ Bucharest Film Awards 2018
Rhino (Trailer for theatre by Salber Lee Williams), as Videographer
Escape from the devil (Music video for Henning Richter), as Producer, Director, Script, Editor, Color
SEEN (Video installation by Pierre Depaz & Salber Lee Williams) , as Videographer
Yesterday still lies between the floorboards (Music video for Erik Leuthäuser & Arta Jekabsone), as Director, Script, DOP, Editor, Color
︎ ShortCuts Cinefest Bucharest 2018
Exposed (Fashion Film), as Gaffer - Director : Leonor von Salisch (XO Berlin)
Eily Tham Portrait (Instagram Clip for ConverseGenX for Converse Thailand), as Videographer

(2017)
Love (Fashion Film), as Director Assistant, Gaffer, Editor - Director : Wisanu Phu-artdun (Bauhaus University)
It doesn’t suit me (Fashion Film, Collaboration with Nicole J. Waller), as Director, Script, Editor, Color
︎ Canadian Fashion Film Festival 2018, Miami Fashion Film Festival 2018

(2016)
SM-Les Sadiques (Feature Film), as Director Assistant - Director : Alexander Bakshaev
Fremde (Short Film), as Extra- Director ; Tim Dünschede, Producer : Patrick Schorn (Friendship Films)

(2015)
Clever boy, this country needs you (Short Film), as Director, Script, DOP, Editor

(2014)
Piece of me (Short Film), as Script, Director Assistant - Director: Thanchanok Thamja
Piece of hat (Short Film), as Script, Co-Director - Director: Thanchanok Thamja


 
photo by Jessica Sattabongkot / by Sophie Hess




Mark