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    Springing forward

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 11/04/2019

    » When one thinks of Swatch, it's usually the timelessly fun, quirky and colourful plastic Swiss-made watches that come to mind. Yet earlier this year -- set against the minimalistic new headquarters of the Swatch Group in Biel, Switzerland -- the company's enigmatic CEO Nick Hayek and creative director Carlo Giordanetti launched their latest heavy-duty (and one can say revolutionary) timepiece -- the Swatch Flymagic.

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    An egalitarian exhibition

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 03/04/2019

    » Placed methodically across the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre's (BACC) 8th floor gallery are 200 little figurines of a boy pointing towards the sky. Each decorated, painted and reimagined in different ways by international and Thai artists tells a story of their own. There's one wearing a camo military uniform donning multiple watches, one lying on the floor in a pool of blood, and one on a wooden pedestal -- dressed in a traditional Thai headdress with tiny little zebras lined up on the floor next to it.

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    One man and his piano

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 01/04/2019

    » When it is announced that a concert will be held at Bangkok's Scala cinema, it's usually a good one. The intimate setting, crisp sound system and unblocked views of the stage make it the perfect venue to show off an artist's raw talent. This was precisely the case with 28-year-old British singer-songwriter Tom Odell.

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    Black pride

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 27/03/2019

    » The savoury aroma of jambalaya, jerk chicken and corn bread filled the century-old chambers of Bangkok's US Ambassador's Residence recently. The dining room of African-American expats waiting for the feast listened intently to Joanne Hyppolite, a Haitian-American curator from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Hyppolite, who's an expert in African-American and African-diaspora material and expressive culture, was explaining how these famous African-American dishes came to be.

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    Girls just wanna make movies

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 08/03/2019

    » The movie industry has always been a men's club. Take a look at Hollywood. Last year, only 8% of the top 250 grossing films in the US domestic box office were directed by women. And though no official statistics are available, the Thai movie scene has also long been a male-dominated campsite.

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    Her story in history

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 07/03/2019

    » Many celebrations and remembrances have been dedicated to Boonpong Sirivejjabhandu. During World War II, the Thai merchant risked his life to smuggle medicine, money and contraband foods to prisoners of war pressed into slave labour along the River Kwai by the Japanese. He has been credited with saving thousands of lives, and received the George Cross and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the British Army by Queen Elizabeth II thanks to his courage.

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    The hovering eye

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 23/01/2019

    » 'I shoot a lot of crap every day," said Thomas Hoepker after being asked what it feels like to be lauded as a master photographer. "You see something and a car comes, or the person I wanted to photograph turns around. I would say, if I walk on the street in the evening, I see 10 pictures, maybe one I keep from that scene."

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    Sadly, barbarism begins at home

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 14/01/2019

    » Early last week, the world watched with bated breath to see if Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun would be sent back to what she feared would be her inevitable death in Saudi Arabia. The 18-year-old had renounced Islam (a crime punishable by death) and run away from her family, accusing them of physical and psychological abuse.

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    Digital magic

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 26/12/2018

    » When Miguel Chevalier started out as a digital artist three decades ago, it never crossed his mind that he'd ever be exhibiting his works in a faraway country like Thailand. Regarded as the mastermind and pioneer of digital and virtual arts, Chevalier had to overcome multiple obstacles in order to push the boundaries of art and art history.

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    A return to form

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 20/12/2018

    » The word "minimalism" nowadays is rarely associated with the groundbreaking art movement of the early 1960s, which eventually reshaped the art world, pop-culture and people's way of living. Today, it's mostly associated with architecture, interior design and the fast-growing movement of living a decluttered, material-free life.

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