October, 2010

Bangkok Poetry 5 Years Later

October 27th, 2010

 Thursday 4,  November

"…..five years later…."

After a five-year hiatus, Bangkok Poetry is returning with a new venue and a new generation of performers (along with some old ones.) 

Our new home will be WTF Bar and Gallery on Sukhumvit soi 51. The events will be like the ones we used to have in the About Cafe and Goethe, with an open-mike and a vague theme for each night, to be interpreted or ignored as performers see it.

The theme will be "…..five years later…." Original material only, as always.


Matthieu Ha: Accordion-iiiiiste

October 27th, 2010

Saturday, 13 November


A unique evening with alternative music  from Belgium.

Leader of the band, Les Istes, well-known for changing their name every month, Matthieu Ha, Belgian, of Vietnamese origin, creates an unorthodox original style with his “contro alto” voice. Singing with no lyrics, his music becomes narrative, expressive, strange and international.  “His fascinating contro alto voice goes beyond the words and puts you into a moving and powerful musical fantasy…”

Last performance in bangkok was a memorable gig with the Novemberistes in RAIN DOGS.

Matthieu’s itinerary speaks for itself: Bruxelles, Liege, Tournai, Mons, Lille, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Groningen, Berlin, Poznan, Vilnus, St Petersbourg, Moscou, Pekin, Chengdu, Canton, Dju Hai, Shangai, Nankin, Shensein, Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, Hanoi and Bangkok. 

Matthieu is preparing an independent festival BANG(zero)k festival (December 18-25, 2010) to build an asian connection between Thais, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Burman and Malaysian artists.



2nd Station Art Exhibition

October 25th, 2010


OPENING PARY >> Friday, 5 November 19:00 

5 Nov – 5 Dec 2010
Tuesday – Sunday  3 pm – 10 pm 


2nd Station Exhibition by the graduate students of Art Theory, Silpakorn University


If man’s thought is a means of transport, things visible to our own eyes would be the "1st Station" of the material world. And if the mind travels further to the "2nd  Station", one can find special hidden things. Although the way to the 2nd  Station is ambiguous, one has to examine, contemplate, and gradually move along.

2nd Station is a contemporary art exhibition that encourages the audience to discover the potential meanings of art beyond material world, by moving from the 1st Station, the image of art object, to the 2nd Station where only the mind could reach.


WTF Gallery is pleased to announce a 2nd station, an art exhibition by Dusadee Huntrakul, Thana Hataiwanitsiri, Jutamas Chayawanich on 2nd, 3rd floor of WTF Café & Gallery. The exhibition organized by Shinkanzen, a group of ten graduate students from Silpakorn University, comprises three different sets of recent artwork by three artists. In the first collection, Dusadee will show his conceptual art through 10 thought-provoking sticker messages created under the concept of self-censorship. In the second set, Thana shows black-and-white photographs to unfold the ”abstract” beauty of lines, dimensions, and rhythmic compositions of urban architecture. Juthamas’ Intaglio prints, in the third collection, give hints of the mysterious bond between man and place over time.



Dusadee Huntrakul’s life is full of journeys. He usually collects new experiences while traveling as a source of inspiration to create his artwork. “You touch my jellyfish. I touch your oyster.” was his debut exhibition at THE STUDIO, Inglewood, CA  in 2007. Later that same year he continued with his second show,  “Can we sit on it?”, at UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Recently, in 2010, Dusadee has exhibited “Incognito 2010” in Santa Monica Museum, California, and has been a selected artist in ‘Brand New 2010′, organized by Bangkok University Gallery (bug) where his work recounted the story of his eventful journeys combined with imaginary wanderings.


Thana Hataiwanitsiri has a passionate interest in art, especially architectural photography, in which the photographer is able to articulate colours, lines, lights and moments to precisely capture the "perfect" elements within each photograph. In the “Line & Dimension” series, Thana discloses his particular vision through the piquancy of lines, lights and shadows. Thana’s past works were included in “A Decade of Light & Shadow” exhibition in 2006 at I-Gallery and in “Move on” run by Department of Communication Art and Design, Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in 2007.


Jutamas Chayawanich has mastered a variety of techniques in printmaking during university and has been featured in a number of art exhibitions in Thailand and abroad. She grew up peacefully in an old, traditional house and her childhood memories have become a source of inspiration for her artwork ever since. Despite living a fast-paced city life, old buildings in Bangkok remind Juthamas of the quite moments of her childhood, reflecting the buried sentiments that she can never forget.







Where to party in the Thai capital

October 24th, 2010

From Time Out Singapore:

”WTF? Small, soulful, offbeat barrestaurant, with a gallery on the second floor championing local up-and-comers, that’s wildly popular with young creatives.“

And a good run down on the state of Bangkok nightlife in 2010.

The Orchard

October 22nd, 2010

Have you tried The Orchard? Full of refreshing Thai flavors.
gin, lychee, lemongrass, lime, soda ~200 Baht








The alley less traveled

October 22nd, 2010

"While some bars offer the shout to be heard experience, this friendly hideout is a bit more conversational and totally laid back without lacking style." A nice write up in the Nile guide. 


What’s in a name?

October 22nd, 2010


Friendship and art fused with food and wine come together in a magic formula that magnifies the power of each ingredient. Such a secret recipe has been created at Bangkok’s newest gallery, WTF, whose opening features some of Thailand’s best contemporary practitioners.


BANGKOK POST Published: 6/05/2010

Film Score mix by Liew

October 10th, 2010

 Friday 15, October

WTF presents film score mix by Pichanan Niyomkarn a.k.a. Liew 
A DJ mix of selected film scores from 1950s- present:
•Star wars by John Williams
•Ironside by Quincy Jones
•Body heat by John Barry
•Panic room by Howard Shore
and the like….
Pichanan Niyomkarn graduated from silpakorn University, film scoring and media program. Now a talent musician and composer for movies and advertising soundtracks including:
-Lullaby before I awake( 2006) Directed by Nate Pantumsinchai
-Mundane History(2008) ( Jao nok krajok) Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong.
-Slice(2009) (Chuen) Directed by Kongkiat Khomsiri. *Award winning – Best original score Supannahong awards.*
-Red eagle (2010) Directed by Wisit Sasanatieng.
-Ex member of Mahajamreon Band at Parking Toy :Guitarist
- Member of Gene Kasidit band : Keyboard.
Bring your orchestra ears and great imagination. 9pm ’till late.


Nocturne: Photography of the Night

October 4th, 2010

OPENING PARY >> Thursday, 7 October 18:00

7 Oct – 31 Oct 2010
Tuesday – Sunday  3 pm – 10 pm 

 documents photographic works of photographers Pengii Tanaboon and Peduckk. Both spearhead “nightlife photography” movement which is still a novelty in Thailand. Their works differ from the usual event photography where celebrities strike a pose in front of a backdrop full of logos. Pengii and Peduckk retell and document the lives of the 20-somethings underground and semi-underground clubbers in Bangkok.



Pengii Tanaboon >
Pengii captures the glare of party spot lights like car high-beams sweeping your consciousness. Overwhelmed by hard hitting music and sensations, his photos are distorted to serve the height of madness and that certain minute before all sanity is forsaken. He represents a time of no thoughts, but just reaction to the sound and mood coursing through your system, and you are the blinding centre of it.

Peduckk >
While Pengii’s photos delve deep in raw club energy, Peduckk operates on another end of spectrum. Her photographs show the before and after–parentheses of a wild night. They are full of preparation processes and dénouement of a night out surrounded by new and old friends. Peduckk softy tells a story of expectations, quirkiness, regrets, lost confidence, and unnoticed corners. It is as if the night has been stolen away like a passing glance in a mirror.