Garuda: The Lord of Charoen Krung

12 08 2017

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Death by plastic

11 08 2017

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Of Bangkok’s environmental problems – a sinking water table, stinking canals, the clearing of the city’s trees – its choking addiction to plastic is one of the most visible. With its delicious culture of street food (where snacks are frequently served in styrofoam and/or double bagged) and in its plastic-happy 7-11s the city churns through a frightening amount of single-use plastics. Indeed, Thailand is one of the five South East Asian nations said to be responsible for 60% of all the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Bangkok-based Norwegian photographer Ben Zander is seeking to raise awareness of the issue (as well as money to supply 7-11s with paper bags.) His project is a photo series called “Death by plastic” featuring Thai celebs (like the host of the Face Thailand here) posing against plastic pollution.

The pictures will be auctioned for the cause.





Deer tears

11 08 2017

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Artist Sakarin Krue-On explores the sad true story of the Schomburgk’s deer in his new exhibition at the Tang Gallery, “A Talebearer’s Tale”. The species once ranged throughout central Thailand until it was declared extinct in 1938. Today only one specimen survives, stuffed and mounted in the museum of natural history in Paris.





Garuda

5 08 2017

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Lording over the collection at the Bangkok Scuplture Center is this powerful copy of the 1938 garuda bust adorning the city’s former Central post office. The original can now be seen up-close from the newly opened roof garden of the new Thailand Design and Culture Centre in the restored building on Charoen Krung.

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Subashok the Art Centre

5 08 2017

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The sculpture of Kma Sirisamphan at the impressive new Subhasok The Art Centre space on Sukhmuvit Soi 39.

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Day 4 8pm Blissfully Blind

25 07 2017

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I had heard of a modern dance/performance art piece which happened to  be on while I was in town and decided to go to check it out: I’m so glad I did. “Blissfully Blind” by the B-Floor Theatre group is a work by Dujdao Vadhanapakorn, Thailand’s only psychiatrist specialising in dance therapy. Under her direction, a quartet of dancers performed on the theme: “Is it better to be blissfully blind or painfully aware?” This went on in and around a playground-like structure which pulsed with coloured light in an environment where the audience could move freely around through the performance, drifting to the two sides of the room at will, divided by the lighting structure. The choreography itself was strange, sometimes confrontational (angry eye contact with individual audience members), often opaque, but rarely less than compelling and the crowd of Bangkok art scenesters, with their black pants and assymetrical haircuts, seemed just as intrigued and confused as I was. It was a night of beauty and surprises.

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Day 1 3.30pm Cafe Puritan

24 07 2017

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