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  • LIFESTYLE

    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".

  • LIFESTYLE

    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".

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The biggest opera in history

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 21/05/2015

    » Thai-American author and composer Somtow Sucharitkul's opera The Silent Prince (Temiya Jataka) premiered in Houston five years ago to rave reviews. Last year, his restructured Mahajanaka Symphony, built on the success of his ballet-opera Suriyothai, was met with equal success. So with two down and another eight tales from the epic cycle of the Dasjati Jatakas (Ten Lives Of The Buddha) to go, Somtow's ballet-opera Bhuridat (The Dragon Lord), opening tomorrow at Thailand Cultural Centre, marks the third and the beginning of a five-year project to create and stage all episodes.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Intricate, abstract, wild

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 08/04/2015

    » More than anything, Filipino artist Louie Cordero's paintings at Bangkok University Gallery's (BUG) current show, "Golden Rule", are fun. On the floor, traces of spilled paint are still visible — as BUG's artist-in-residence, the gallery's second floor was used as Cordero's studio.

  • LIFESTYLE

    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.

  • LIFESTYLE

    By approval

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 26/10/2016

    » The most pressing issue in the capital's art scene this month is, of course, the well-being of some hundred carp put in the temporary pool as part of photographer Rapat Bunduwanich's "Photo Festival", a show whose title tricks us into thinking that there are other people in the show.

  • OPINION

    Drink up 'cos the generals won't go away

    News, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 28/07/2016

    » So this is it then; come next Sunday we're off to the polling stations for the referendum vote. That familiar locale, a school, a temple or a mosque temporarily converted into a theatre of democracy; where we performed our duty as active citizens in the Feb 2, 2014 election which was later made null and void.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Sad, nostalgic beauty

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 29/07/2015

    » Photo Bangkok 2015 opens today, and before we get ourselves immersed in all kinds of photography shows in the next couple of months — Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok University Gallery and 19 other partner galleries join hands — there's still a chance to enjoy art in other forms.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Exhibiting a love for his father

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 01/07/2015

    » In a recommendation letter, Silpa Bhirasri, the father of Thai modern art, wrote: "He is a gifted art student. An artist who truly devotes himself to art and is perhaps the best Thai artist there is now." The student he referred to was the late Thai National Artist Fua Haripitak. That letter from the famed Italian sculptor who worked mainly in Thailand was the only thing Fua had to certify his gift, having had no education degree when he embarked upon his studies at the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma in 1954.

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