March, 2012

Artist Talk: Fear in Thai Art Community and Thai Society

March 20th, 2012

You are cordially invited to An Artist Talk on the topic of FEAR IN THAI ART COMMUNITY AND THAI SOCIETY at WTF Gallery

Saturday 24 March 2012, 6.30-8.30pm.

 

Speakers:

- Prapat Jiwarangsan, Artist

- Wanrug Suwanwattana, Lecturer at Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University

- Thanavi Chotpradit, MPhil/PhD in History of Art and Screen Media, Birbeck, University of London

 

 

Concept:

As the exhibition “I’ll never smile again” at WTF gallery closes at the end this month, the artist – Prapat Jiwarangsan will sit down and talk about the concept behind this show. The talk will be joined by Ms. Wanrug Suwanwattana, a lecturer at the Faculty of Liberal Arts of Thammasat University and Ms Thanavi Chotpradit, MPhil/PhD in History of Art and Screen Media, Birkbeck, University of London. The topic of the discussion will be “Fear” in our society and how it greatly affects art and cultural realm in Thailand. The speakers will also discuss how artists who work in Thailand should handle this fear and be able to express and criticize — which is the function of art in society.

 

The talk will be in Thai with consecutive translation to English.

 

Entrance is free with refreshments.

 


About I’ll Never Smile again:

I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN is an exhibition that conjoins the past of two places, of which the artist came across while studying Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Art, London. The showcase of collective information, namely photographs, books, and places, from the Office of Educational Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, London, UK, conclusively became ‘The Impossible Dream’ exhibition.’ This conceptual idea has been inspired from the conversation between two artists(Pathompon Tesprateep and Prapat Jiwarangsan) discussing about the impact of conflict and the instability of the situation in the country in the past several years, together with some doubts in the political and sociocultural evolution, which leads to the representation as a conceptual art. Although, the historical evidence may not be the most significant factor, it provides us a good opportunity to review and to be aware of the existence as well as things that are missing; things we used to have and anything that is probably going to happen. Metaphorically speaking, this conceptual work aims to reach the invisible barrier between the belief in society and the thing that controls the direction of our social movement.

 

Data linked from the prior exhibition have been passed on to the homeland of the artist. Searching for truth isn’t the objective. What’s really matter are critical discourse inquiry, comparison, change of the outlook, understanding matters which are beyond your prediction and the value of being human, as well as the subjects which are acclaimed to be above humans . Whether for you to understand or to be able to interpret the message clearly depends largely on the ability to perceive dimensional art. All matters shown here are for you to consider whether you can still smile at these fictions.

 

 

Visitor Information

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm

Free Admission

WTF Café & Gallery

7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110

www.wtfbangkok.com

BTS: Thonglor 

 

For further information please contact:

Somrak Sila – Managing Director

Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 89 926 5474

Email: somrak@wtfbangkok.com

 

VS Sounds: Spiritual Jazz by DJ Maft Sai

March 7th, 2012

Thursday March 15th
8pm

Hennessy Cocktails: from classic to Thai inspired
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DJ Maft Sai: Spiritual Jazz— From his rare all-vinyl jazz collection

Entry will be free to guests — first come, first serve.

Hennessy VS is known for introducing the refined taste of superior French Cognac to a global audience. WTF Gallery & Cafe is known for it innovative, yet classically executed cocktails* and for it’s adventurous art and culture programming.

Starting on March 15th Hennessy VS and WTF will be launching a monthly cocktail and music series: Very Special Sounds. A special menu of cocktails developed by WTF and featuring Hennessy VS will be on offer — with recipes for customers to take away. Each month DJs and live musicians will perform undiscovered genres, new takes on classic tunes and show off  impeccable tastes. The evenings, like the flavors of Hennessy itself, will be a "BOLD, yet HARMONIOUS BLEND… with DELICATE NUANCES.” Each night will be an intimate celebration of special flavours, specials sounds and special company.

 

 

Current Schedule:

March 15th

DJ Maft Sai: Spiritual Jazz— From his rare all-vinyl Jazz collection: Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Dorothy Ashby, Norman Conners, Don Cherry, Steve Reid, Moondog and the like. (In the 1960’s jazz musicians began to explore new thematic and musical ideas, often associated with non-western religious and musical traditions. The new ’spiritual jazz’ became a vehicle for exploring new musical and non-musical concepts, as well as for extended self-expression, laying bare "a mirror into the self.”)