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    Cool Thailand?

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/04/2016

    » It is only with reference to J-pop or K-pop that we have a clue as to what the word "T-pop" could possibly mean: an attempt at cultural export -- film, music and other forms of entertainment -- to create a "Thai brand" of cool. It's better late than never, so the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has recently launched a campaign, with Thai star Mario Maurer as the presenter, with the aim to boost tourism in Thailand and expand the entertainment market in China.

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    Abstractions and acquaintances

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 09/03/2016

    » As the title "Dusadee + Dusit + Lovers + Dead Ones" suggests, Dusadee Huntrakul's current exhibition at Chulalongkorn University's The Art Center is not exactly a solo show, but a bit of a reunion.

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    Seeing the world through another's eyes

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/11/2015

    » As much as Facebook is a virtual space of borderless interaction, it has, for many, undeniably become our most immediate and primary news source. It's a personalised pool of information, which though we have chosen consciously, can transform who we are and the way we think without our even realising it. And I have often wondered what it would be like to live, maybe for a day, in the social media world of other people's Facebook accounts.

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    From clam to crab governments

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 14/12/2015

    » From the Tanin Kraivixien government following the massacre of Oct 6, 1976, the premiership of Gen Prem Tinsulanonda in the 80s, the post-economic crisis time of Chuan Leekpai up to the politically turbulent times of Thaksin Shinawatra, Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra -- few have witnessed the history of Thai contemporary politics as closely as Somlak Songsamphant. 

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    Dance of the majority

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 22/10/2015

    » Watching Vidura Amranand dance in swirling red pants, in Teerawat Mulvilai's latest physical performance work Manoland, I was reminded of Somsong, the hysterical stepmother of Fak in Chat Kobjitti's 1985 novel Kam Pipaksa (The Judgement).

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    The voice of the northeast

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 17/03/2015

    » By the haystack next to a rice field, Yothin Kijbai sung out in high-pitched, rhyming Isan verses that he apparently knew by heart. Dressed in a light blue costume adorned with glittering sequins, the 68-old-year is not a madman but a well-known "comedy molam".

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    A monthly column rounding up the best of the capital’s art scene

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 19/11/2014

    » At Yet-Space, there was fried chicken which looked like KFC but tasted worse. At Speedy Grandma, the hipsters, as usual, seemed perfectly fine with Asahi draught as their sole sustenance. At Bangkok University Gallery there was food but I wasn't there in time to see what it was. In this month's column, which rounds up the best food served in the capital's art scene, The Jam Factory Gallery was a sure winner.

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    A monthly column rounding up the best of the capital's art scene

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 22/10/2014

    » The opening of WTF Gallery's current exhibition "Monday 2 Monday" earlier this month might have been missed by a few. That could partly be explained by the exhibition's title and the fact that the opening was actually on a Friday. In addition, the gallery is closed on Mondays. But this is all beside the point.

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    Jelly good show

    Muse, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 04/03/2017

    » For Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, it all began with making jelly just for fun after school and on weekends. More than a decade later, it's still about that, except that the duo are now among the world's most prominent and innovative event organisers.

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    Examining identity

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 16/11/2016

    » A lot is going on in "Continuum: Acculturating", the latest exhibition at The Art Center at Chulalongkorn University. Jakkai Siributr, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong and Piyatat Hemmatat show different interests and practices, and with "acculturation" as the key idea, the result is three separate and complicated realms. In them, narratives and cultural identities -- those of the artists' origins and from the new environments they are looking at -- are constantly shifting and integrating.

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