April, 2012

BLOCK PARTY: What The Festival 2

April 24th, 2012

Sat 28 April
4pm ’til late
 

FREE ENTRANCE

Join us for a block party. A cross between temple fair and Brooklyn street corner; music, food, beer. Wear shorts; beach in the city. And to thank the neighbors for putting up with us.

- Joe Sloane sausages

Thai snacks

- Local Artisnal Beer by Siam Brewery

- Art Therapy by Dr Kathy MaCleod 8-10pm

- 5 Short Film Screening at 6pm at Opposite (synopsis below)

- Satirical Exhibition by Facebook Activists

- Morlam street music by Maft Sai & Masa Niwayama 4-9pm

- Late night soul funk, hip hop music at Opposite by Tul Apartment Khun Pa, Mike The Butcher, Boogie G Tribute

 

What The Festival: SHORT FILM SCREENING 

"We’re living in a period where cinema is a product; movies are becoming more and more commercialized. Short films are one of the last real places for artistic freedom – they’re important to celebrate just for that." —Juan Solanas

To celebrate WTF’s 2nd anniversary, we have put together a selection of five short films by international and Thai filmmakers to be screened at Opposite on Saturday April 28 at 6PM

 

NO BIKINI, 2007, 9 mins

Directed by Claudia Morgado Escanilla

No Bikini introduces us to a young girl who defies sexual convention during her summer swim class, all beginning with an ill-fitted bathing suit. Filled with humor, this film is about defining one’s gender as well as discovering personal strength. The film went on to win many awards including Best Short at the New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

 

THE MAN WITHOUT A HEAD (L’HOMME SANS TÊTE), 2003, 18 mins 

Directed by Juan Solanas

With a nostalgic air, the man without a head dances with lively steps as he looks forward to a romantic rendezvous with a girl of his dream. Tonight, he will declare his love. And for such an occasion, he shall buy a head. The film won many awards around the world including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and France’s leading award, the César.


THE SICKIE, 2006, 13 mins

Directed by Rupert Jones

When events at work prove too stressful for Douglas Knott, a diligent and extremely busy office manager, he decides to throw a sickie. Unfortunately, his attempts to enjoy a day off are soon sabotaged by the insidious voice of his conscience. Literally. It’s a sarcastic take on modern day’s workaholism. 

 

DOODLEBUG, 1997, 3 mins

Directed by Christopher Nolan

This early short film from the director of MEMENTO and INCEPTION was made when he was a student in London. Nolan was studying English Literature at University College London when he started to make 16mm films at the college film society, of which the surreal short DOODLEBUG was one. This early film shows the preoccupation with narrative boundaries Nolan would later explore in his feature films.

 

I’M FINE, 2008, 3 mins

Directed by Tanwarin Sukkapisit

This thought-provoking short film by the director of INSECT IN THE BACKARD and IT GETS BETTER won a top prize at 12th Thai Short Film and Video Festival. The film, set in front of the Democracy Monument, is a sarcastic look at Thai society, making us question the virtue of tolerance. It was one of the best films that capture Thailand’s post-coup sentiment.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Charity Art Auction: What The Festival 2

April 21st, 2012

Friday April 27th
9pm

To celebrate 2nd  year, WTF Café and Gallery is giving back to the community with a celebratory charity art auction as part of WHAT THE FESTIVAL. The event is open for public and will take place on Friday 26 April 2012 at Opposite and include over 10 different artists with the goal of raising funds to help animal rescue organizations.

Our artistic policy is to bring great art to the people of Bangkok; to make it accessible, uplifting and transformative. Seeing art should be as easy as a night out on the town. We are hoping that this charity art auction is also a great way for artists to be promoted to collectors, institutions and the general public whilst giving back to society. 

Each artist will be represented on the WTF website, e-newsletters and the auction catalogue.

The event will begin with a one-hour preview with drinks and food where the guests can view the art works. We will create an inviting display. The preview hour will be a time for browsing and socializing, and our skilled auctioneer will be available to discuss the displayed works, and answer any questions that you or your guests may have.

Immediately following the preview, we begin the live auction, which should run for an hour. Our own professional, entertaining and experienced will provide a fun-filled and informative auction in a relaxed atmosphere. This may be your chance to own an artwork by one of Thailand’s prominent artists, as all bids will start from 1,000 Baht. 

Auctioneer

1.    Bow Wasinond
2.    Wesley Hsu

 

Catalogue

 


1. Justin Mills

You’re Innocent When You Dream

2011

Rubber-modified bitumen, oil, acrylic on paper mounted on canvas

56 x 76 cm

 

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht

 

 

 

 

  

 

2. Chitti Kasemkitvatana

Paris qui dort

2011-2012

Inkjet print on paper, MDF frame, glass

20 x 25 cm, when framed

Edition: 1/10, signed, dated at the back

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht

 

 

 

 

3. Thaweesak Srithongdee

FACE

2012

acrylic on canvas

50 x 70 cm

 

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht

 

 

 

 

4. Kornkrit Jianpinidnan

Worry and Love (erasing process no.2)

2006

Photomontage

Inkjet print on paper

Paper size 73 x 103 cm

Image size 63.5 x 96.5 cm

 

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht

 

 

 

 

 

5. Makha Sanewong Na Ayuthaya

Unstable

2012

Steel

50 x 25 x 80 cm.

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht

 

 

 

 

6. Kwanchai Lichaikul

Refugee

2012

Ink on canvas

40 x 40 cm

 

Bid starts at 1,000

 

 

 

 

 

7. Sutee Kunavichayanont

Untitled (Self Portrait 1)

1988

silk screen on paper

65 x 77.5 cm.

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht

 

 

 

 

 

8. Thanwin Kanyeam

limplicate

2011

wood

60 x 80 x 150 cm.

 

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht

 

 

 

9. Kathy MacLeod

“And there I find him…
2011

Pen and watercolor on paper
25 x 25 cm

 

  

 
 
 
10. Absinthe Algaier
John Parakeats ponders "Ode to a Nightingale"

2012

Acrylic on canvas
25 x 25 cm

 



11. Chalit Nakpawan
Untitled
2009
ceramic
25 x 25 cm. 3 pieces

Bid starts at 1,000 Baht


12. Pisitakun Kuntalang
Cashier’s Check
2012
Pencil on canvas
20 x 9.5 cm

 

 

 

Charity Cause: Animal rescues organisations

 

Home for Animals

Founded in 1981 by a dog lover couples Khun Ranu and her husband. She helped sick animals on the street Started with self-funded and they slowly expand and able to find helping hands to donate land and cash to help establish the foundation.

 

Today there’s over 1,200 animals that the foundation is caring off. The number has increased tremendously from the flood in November 2011.

 

http://www.home4animals.org/


 

A Call for Animal Right

“A CALL” is neither an organization nor an association; we were founded by a group of volunteers in order to support any kind of animal activities in Thailand, such as a successful campaign for animal right “A Call for Animal Rights (Walk Rally)”on September 4, 2010 at Bangkok.

 

Having experienced a flood, many Thai people as well as animals are left, homeless and drowning. Even our objective is not only to rescuing their lives, we promise with the bottom of our hearts, to do whatever it takes to help them.

 

Yet please bear in mind that we are not “a professional animal rescue team”, but a group of volunteers who already have their own full-time jobs. Pleaes visit our fanpage and albums for further information.

 

“Anyone who is willing to help animals can join us, we promise to give our best shot!!”

 

Please help donating at A CALL’s account number :

 

KODCHAKORN POLRUAMNGERN (A call for animal rights)

BANK : KASIKORN BANK

ACC.NO. : 050 – 2 – 46469 – 8

BRANCH : SIANGKONG

 

http://www.facebook.com/Walk.rally4Dog/info

 

 

 

Baan Unrak Animal Sanctuary

Baan Unrak is a self funded and donation based organisation for the protection and care of  animals in North West Thailand near the Burmese border. The animal sanctuary was started by Gemma Ashford in 2006. Arriving as a refugee teacher in Thailand’s little known resort of Sangklubhuri, the UK actress and photographer Gemma, was shocked, not as she had expected, by the state of the Burmese children she was due to teach, but by plight of the emaciated street dogs she found scavenging hopelessly in the town’s market. Kicked and cursed, these ‘untouchables’ bore every mark of abuse, some limping, others bearing open and festering wounds. Most of the dogs carried disease – things unseen in the West – Canine Distemper, Rabies and hardly one animal was free of Scabies. Months of teaching lay ahead of her, but she determined to try to help these desperate creatures “if only by feeding them” she said, “I would do SOME good”

Matters came to a head when Gemma was given a dying puppy, the offspring of a retiring bitch she had been feeding. Desperate about the animal’s condition, Gemma knew the first thing was to hydrate the creature, which she painstakingly did over several hours and slowly by slowly Tiger Lily was restored to health.

Tiger Lily was to prove the start, then came Daniel and Chocolate – all distressed and in need of help, then Ginger and when he arrived, it was time to move out of her one room. With land donated by The Baan Unrak School, Gemma had her clinic constructed and with that came a steady and increasing flow of animals.

Several volunteer vets and many helpers later, Gemma now has forty dogs and a few other species to look after and she sincerely appreciates all the help she gets from the thousand plus followers all over the world that support her efforts.

http://www.baanunrakanimalsanctuary.org.uk/

WHAT THE FESTIVAL 2

April 6th, 2012

April 26, 27,28


WHAT THE FESTIVAL
We’re bringing together over 20 artists with an eclectic mix of cutting-age art events, performance, music, film and a charity art auction. 

 

It’s April — the awesome month for us in Thailand! It means Songkran and a very long holiday. But more importantly, (!!!), WTF turns two this month! It’s hard to believe that we’ve made it this far. We would not have found our place in Bangkok without all of your encouragement. To give back to our wonderful friends and fans, WTF will celebrate our 2nd anniversary by hosting Bangkok’s most creative event.

  

WHAT THE FESTIVAL APRIL 26, 27, 28
 
THURSDAY APRIL 26
 
>8pm opposite
BANGKOK POETRY READING
Bangkok Poetry is a reading series devoted to the lyrical, the risky, the unexpected. Happenings are every six weeks.

The theme for the April 26 Bangkok Poetry happening at Opposite is "We two form a multitude." The event is the first night of the three day What the Festival: the 2nd anniversary celebration of WTF Bar & Gallery. For this event, performers are asked to perform with a collaborator. Filmmaker & poet. Storyteller & musician. Poet & poet. Graphic novelist & musician. Etc. 

If you’re interested in performing, and taking on this challenge, please email Bangkok Poetry (bangkokpoetry@gmail.com) ASAP to secure your spot. If all the spots on the slate have been filled, we will put you on the waiting list.

 

> 10pm The alley Between WTF + opposite
MURAL PAINTING OPENING by Kathy Macleod 
Support by Hennessy VS

Reveal the mural painting by Kathy Macleod, Bangkok’s favourite illustrator, cartoonist, and painter. Kathy creates a work that captures the feel of the community in and around WTF. She depicts the many dynamic parts that make up the whole: a hundred little familiar things that together comprise a vehicle for the unfamiliar, the uncharted. Not to be missed!
 
> 10pm WTF
Hennessy VS presents VERY SPECIAL SOUNDS: KEVIN ORGAN TRIO + guests
FREE ENTRANCE
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.

As part of our birthday, Very Special Sounds will feature a wonderful live jazz and funk music by Kevin Organ Trio members who also play with Wanorn Warrioirs.  Kevin Inthawong – Organ. Panai Imjai – Guitar. Torfan Dilokvidhyarat – Drums. Expect a full-on Roland sound with special guests. It’ll be a night of great cocktails and beautiful music.

 
 
FRIDAY APRIL 27
 
> 6pm, The alley Between WTF + opposite
OPENING RECEPTION : NEW SCULPTURE BY SINA WITTAYAWIROJ
Support by Tiger Beer
WTF gallery opens the new sculpture exhibition Nation, Religion, King and Art by Sina Wittayawiroj. With his remarkable floating sculpture, the artist makes a forceful case for art as being among the four revered institutions of the country.
 
> 9pm opposite
CHARITY ART AUCTION
FREE ENTRANCE
After the great success and positive feedback from last year, we’ll be at Opposite again for a charity art auction to raise money for Dog Shelter Foundation, hosted by Wesley Hsu and Bow Wasinondh. A dozen prominent artists including Chitti Kasemkitvatana, Sutee Kunavichayanont, Kwanchai Lichaikul, Justin Mills, Thaweesak Srithongdee, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan and many more have kindly donated their works for the auction. This may be your only chance to participate in Bangkok’s most fun art auction and even own a work by one these prominent artists, as all bids will start from 0-1,000 Baht.
 

SATURDAY APRIL 28

> 4pm-1am WTF Alley & 

opposite

BLOCK PARTY Curated by Maft Sai
FREE ENTRANCE
DJ Maft Sai has always dreamt to throw a block party in our soi. Well, there’s no better time to do this than during What The Festival. Maft Sai will fill our soi with with Morlam, Somtum, BBQ, local artisanal beer plus special guest DJs spinning old school music in and outside our buildings. After 9pm, the party will move up to Opposite for more urban, funk and soul music. Watch this space for DJ line-up.
 
> 6pm opposite
SHORT FILMS SCREEENING
FREE ENTRANCE
While the party is going on downstairs, for those who would like to sit back and relax, please join us at Opposite for the screening of five experimental short films by Thai and international filmmakers, including Christopher Nolan’s ‘Doodlebug’ and Tanwarin Sukkapisit’s ‘I Am Fine’.

 

Special thanks to Tiger Beer and Hennessy VS

 

  
 

 

VERY SPECIAL SOUNDS: Kevin Organ Trio+ guests

April 6th, 2012

Thurssay April 26th
10pm

Hennessy Cocktails: from classic to Thai inspired
+
Kevin Organ Trio members who also play with Wanorn Warrioirs.  Kevin Inthawong – Organ. Panai Imjai – Guitar. Torfan Dilokvidhyarat – Drums. Expect a full-on Roland sound with special guests.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Jakraphun Thanateeranon: Face, Faith, Fake

April 6th, 2012

Thursday 19 April 2012, 7pm


Opening Reception

The exhibition has been conceptualized over the last 6 years during his art residency programmes and participation in artistic activities throughout Europe and Asia. For this show he created over 120 interactive ceramic sculpture of human heads that were created at Thao Hong Thai ceramic factory in Ratchaburi. 

 

Jakraphun articulates the concept of changes in human behavior, influenced by fast moving technology through varied personas of human types presented in his sculpture and interactive elements. Inspired by the rapid increase of human’s virtual interaction with social media, rather than face-to-face, he expresses his concerns on obscurity, deception, soullessness, obsession and addiction or even the lack of good judgement that seems to flourish via these networks today.  While the real time and virtual aspects in social networks has become a crucial communication tool and beneficial to many commercial and mass information endeavors, it can also stimulate the divisions within society, often with distorted truths. Extreme opinions have been formed based on “facts” other people ‘share’, regardless of the truth or without careful examination of the origins. The question is  whether what we see or hear or have been presented by this new and dominant social world is real. How much truth is there in the faces we see in this computer-generated society? What is the real objective of each individual’s projection and statements? 

The artist incorporates his craftsmanship in individually hand painting of each sculptural heads, portraying a spectrum of varied characters, from extreme to neutral. Each head signifies a major element or player that he has witnessed in the virtual society —whether real or artificial.

Jakraphun Thanateeranon is an artist, curator, art activist and a writer. He’s been working with several youth art projects in Asia and has attended over 10 art residency programmes all over the world. The exhibition is the continuation works from his pervious shows titled 13.31 and Spirit of Japan which were created and exhibited in Japan in 2008. The content of the shows were focusing on human masks, tapping into the topics of deception vs truth, realistic vs fear, ghost vs god and religious vs belief.

The exhibition will be on view at WTF gallery from 19 April – 18 May 2012.  

The profit from this exhibition will be donated to internship project at Thao Hong Thai ceramic factory.
 
Visitor Information
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 4-10pm
Free Admission
WTF Café & Gallery
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Wattana, Klongton-Nua, Bangkok 10110
BTS: Thonglor 
 
For further information please contact:
Somrak Sila – Managing Director
Tel: (66) 2 662 6246, (66) 89 926 5474
 

 

Secret bar spot in Bangkok

April 4th, 2012

 “I had a cocktail that made me so happy, I never wanted to leave. The food was divine, the atmosphere was so chill-a mixture of locals and foreigners, and I wondered how they’d even found this place. We drove up and down the same street for a while before we finally spotted it.” 

 

Super-nice mention of WTF

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