Arts Centre Melbourne presents

Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind


Phaptawan Suwannakudt
Australian premiere
Installation / Public Program & Free  ·  Australia / Thailand

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Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind is Thai-Australian artist Phaptawan Suwannakudt’s multi-sensory, site-specific installation, which engages spiritual elements from Suwannakudt’s personal history.

First presented at the inaugural Bangkok Biennale in 2018, this work explores the history and physicality of a temple Suwannakudt has known since her childhood. For its second iteration and Australian premiere, the artist has drawn inspiration from the history of the Arts Centre Melbourne site, particularly the history of performing arts, which predates the current buildings. Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind invites visitors to enter the installation and engage with the work through sight, scent and sound.


  • Wheelchair access
  • Highly Visual
Images by: Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Knowledge in your hands, eyes and mind (detail), 2018
Photograph by Aroon Peampoonsopon

The artist would like to acknowledge Professor Apinan Poshyananda, Director of the Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation for his assistance with the exhibition Beyond Bliss, of which this work was a part. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Supported By
  • Australia Council for the Arts

Cast & Credits


Phaptawan Suwannakudt
Steven Tonkin and Kathleen Ashby