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    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.

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    Urban exploration

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 13/10/2016

    » The basement space in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre's art library is usually bare and unexciting. Now, however, it's filled with an array of patterns -- abstract from one angle, vaguely figurative from another -- in forms of tapestry and felt that work as canvases and even sculptural forms.

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    Abstraction remains our faulty coping mechanism

    Oped, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 30/09/2016

    » A theatrical performance, Fundamental, which lends its physical movements and body language to reconstruct Thailand's hushed-up history of the bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy students on Oct 6, 1976 has attracted the regime's attention.

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    Never forget

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 05/10/2016

    » In a stage performance that just finished its run on Sunday, performers re-enacted scenes in which victims were hunted, beaten and strangled to death. In an art exhibition opening tomorrow, we'll see in paintings traces of atrocious scenes in the foreground while the surface is heavily smudged with paint, to the point of abstraction.

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    Glimmer of life

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 14/09/2016

    » 'Understanding the techniques of manufacture of ancient gold is fascinating," wrote archaeological scientist and conservator Anna Bennett in the preface of The Ancient History Of U Thong, City Of Gold, a book which was recently launched in collaboration with the Designated Area for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta) and Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives (BIA). "It also provides archaeologists and art historians with a better understanding of the socio-economic conditions of a given place at any given time."

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    It's a whitewash!

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 31/08/2016

    » Art Matters this month begins with words of congratulations to Speedy Grandma which just celebrated its fourth anniversary this past weekend. After closing down for several months because, according to co-founder Lee Anantawat, "we were just bored and tired", the gallery in Charoen Krung 28 is now back and it's just, well, as fun and slightly dingy as before.

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    Art, angst and alienation

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 10/08/2016

    » As the title "Human AlieNation" suggests, the current exhibition at The Art Centre, Silpakorn University, concerns a sense of alienation on many levels, from individually, groups in society, to collectively as a nation.

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    RMA Institute

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 17/08/2016

    » RMA Institute presents "Nacht Wellen", an ongoing photographic project by photographer Ralf Tooten which explores the enigmatic curiousness of the ocean seas through lowlight photography.

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    The fear is here

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 03/08/2016

    » With any political fight, it's hardly the end when street clashes are over -- camps demolished, protesters injured or dead and the authorities able to curb the movement or finally comply with its demands. The fight continues and what's perhaps more significant than action on the streets is finding the desired spot in a page in history, in people's minds. The question is: how are we to be remembered?

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    The traditional office may go way of the dinosaur

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 06/07/2016

    » In the not-so-distant future people may no longer be working in offices but instead will turn to alternative venues such as co-working spaces. This speculation is not hasty, considering it is the current vision of Charle Charoenphan, co-founder of one of Thailand's first co-working companies HUBBA. Since its launch in 2012, the business has thrived and Charle said in the past few years roughly 500 such spaces have sprung up across Thailand.

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