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    From the valleys to Bangkok

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 25/03/2016

    » Ever since the beginning of the year, Bangkok has not been short of world-class musical icons flying in to grace Thai fans, from Madonna to Santana to most recently David Foster. So it's not unusual that the legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones is next to dazzle Thai audiences.

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    Stage whispers

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 27/05/2015

    » The artistic career of Thanapol Virulhakul, director of the critically acclaimed contemporary dance performance Hipster The King, is a work-in-progress. It started out with a thesis project at Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication, in which he made Buddhist amulets out of chocolate, sold them on the street and filmed reactions of passers-by and amulet experts.

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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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    When medicine is the problem, not the cure

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

    » Thailand has an alarmingly high fatality rate due to antibiotic resistance derived from over-prescription and a widespread presence of the drugs in the food and water supply, according to research by Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee, manager of the Drug System Monitoring Mechanism Development Centre.

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    The politics of love

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/09/2016

    » Thanapol Virulhakul, critically-acclaimed stage director and choreographer, has a way of giving space a certain significance. His take is usually minimalistic, the stage bare and his actors assigned with limited set of movements, and it is the relentless repetition of those elements that would slowly make up the storyline and become part of the blow in the end.

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    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.

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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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    Let the music play

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 17/06/2016

    » It's not just the logo that's been given a revamp. The festival of art and culture La Fête by the French Embassy, after 11 continuous years, is establishing a new time-frame -- cultural festivals and events previously crammed within about a month will now stretch over the whole year.

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    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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    Personal scars, political history

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 12/10/2016

    » In "Under The Same Sky", the latest exhibition at Nova Contemporary by photographer Tada Hengsapkul and artist Chai Siris, personal history and that of the world entwine. In no way does the show appear to strive at having these narratives untangled.

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