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    A quiet weekend of dance

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 15/12/2016

    » The 11th International Butoh Festival kicked off last week with performances Sonata For An Uninhibited Body by Rosana Barra, Oju Obá -- The Eyes Of The Falling King, The Eyes Of The Rising King by Calé Miranda and Indonesian performer Tony Broer's untitled show. Awaiting Butoh fans on this second and final weekend is one of the festival's highlights: Quiet House, a collaboration piece by Japan's Takayuki Takita and Yuko Kawamoto, and Teerawat Mulvilai from B-Floor Theatre.

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    Going at it alone

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 19/03/2015

    » Last year, as part of Thonglor Art Space's "The Other Room: Exploring The Other's Life" in which more than 20 visual and performing artists participated, dance artist Vidura Amranand, dressed in a negligee, invited the audience into a bedroom-like set and delivered a short session of fetishist, dance-like hand and body movements. In Saifah Tanthana's The Last Schomburk's Deer, which also played last year, she moved sensually onstage with actor Wachara Kanha in a tug-of-war of sex and power.   

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    A cultural crossroads

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/01/2015

    » In the trailer for the currently running Channel 3 TV series Bang Rajan, the formidable Somchai Kemglad bellowed: "I'll fight with my body and blood for the my fellow Thais, for them to be at peace, whether awake or asleep."

  • LIFE

    Dark laughter

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/10/2014

    » Director and playwright Nophand Boonyai once saw a random photo of four Japanese girls staring dead-faced at the camera. He pondered as to how they had got that look in their eyes and then heard the song I Only Have Eyes For You. He suddenly had a vision of Earth, seen from outer space: there was a dead body lying still, pale white in the moonlight.

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    Exhibition weighs in on nature of art and beauty

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/11/2016

    » It seems that everyone in the world but this writer had made it to the opening of Erwin Wurm's "The Philosophy Of Instructions" at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre last Friday. The heavy rain and traffic were to blame.

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    Exposure is key to Chiang Mai photography exhibition

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/01/2017

    » The room is red and hot, but nothing feels erotic about it. Eight naked models are featured in Tada Hengsapkul's latest photography show "The Things That Take Us Apart", yet it resulted not in a height of sexual tension but just a seemingly normal and civilised social gathering.

  • OPINION

    Edgy film gets axe but soap rapes go on

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 24/11/2016

    » It is with a frustratingly slow pace that Motel Mist, SEA Write Award-winner Prabda Yoon's debut feature film, starts off and it remains slow until much later on in the film.

  • LIFE

    Constant flux

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 14/12/2016

    » Bangkok Art and Culture Centre hasn't seen this many visitors in quite a while. Today people are everywhere in the exhibition space on the 9th floor even though it is a weekday afternoon. They have never been so involved with the artworks on display and careless as to what other visitors might think of them.

  • LIFE

    The future, in reverse

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/06/2016

    » On the surface, artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul's video of a night journey through a temple doesn't seem to be in dialogue with photographs of Sakhalin island by Japanese Tomoko Yoneda. Nor does there seem to be any connection between Field Recordings' video work documenting migrant workers on the banks of Shanghai's Huangpu River and MAP Office's incredibly detailed imaginary map of "future Hong Kong".

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    Surachai Petsangrot's enigmatic flowers

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 02/03/2016

    » Surachai Petsangrot's debut solo exhibition "Lone Man And The Flowers", opening last week at Thong Lor Art Space, is cute. Now, the word "cute" isn't very often found in art writing, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's used in a negative sense. His 15 big paintings, plus some 200 sketches, installed throughout five storeys of the space themselves are cute, but the experience of viewing them is another matter. It's complex and fun, a truly experiential affair as opposed to a visit to a regular art gallery.

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