A Stop in Displacement
Bangkok is a frequent layover location for flights headed to Australia from Europe. Various tourism agencies offer layover sightseeing packages around Thailand’s capital. But for many travelers, Bangkok is not just an opportunity for tourism, but rather a symbolic half-way point in the long, cross-continental journey. Bangkok has become a physical space representative of the displacing character of travel. Stopover Bangkok attempts to capture this experience of displacement, layering dialogue, observations, background noises, translations, and interactions between locals and travelers. It weaves together various forms of unfamiliarity into an audio tapestry that is at once calming and jarring, rich and textured. Recurring transport noises keep up with the restless momentum of travel, and the various voices played throughout the piece recreate the adopted traveling community. Stopover Bangkok was originally broadcast in 1989 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.