April 2013, WTF Café & Gallery marks its 3rd year as a creative force in the arts for Bangkokians. We provide a platform for artists to exhibit creative work with thought-provoking and critical analysis of current affairs and social issues within and outside Thailand. From Kachain Wongleamthong’s first solo photography show to Indonesian artist Albert Yonathan’s delicate drawings and the group show by young new Thai artists “Brand New 2012,” as well as the current show by Oscar nominated film-maker and photographer Tim Hetherington, WTF has consistently embraced progressive thinking and pushed the barriers of what a small independent art space can sustain and present.
What The Festival 2013 brings together more than 15 different creators and events to celebrate a very small location that is a great intersection of art, creativity and socializing.
On Friday 26 April 2013, from 6pm Christopher Wise, WTF Creative director and curator of Infidel exhibition will be talking about the exhibition as well as screening a documentary film “Which Way is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,” a documentary film tribute to Tim Hetherington directed by Sebastian Junger. At 8pm, join Chef Jess Barnes of the upcoming Opposite Mess Hall for a pop-dinner that will showcase the sneak preview menu with support by FIN Wines, Beervana and Ketel-One. For those who are not hungry, join us in the infamous alley between Opposite and WTF to celebrate the launch of a new floating sculpture "Telemachus’ Heart" By Ketel One. Then late at night, join DJ Jorge and Gramophone Children for funk and 80s dance party tunes and visual projection.
On Saturday 27 April 2012, starting from 4pm the one and only Bangkok block party with Morlam music by Zudrangma records, BBQ sausages by Joe Sloans and special cocktail by Tiger beer and Ketel One. Later in the evening Dr Kathy MacLeod will return to What The Festival to read her latest comic and take patients in her booth for art therapy sessions for all poor tortured souls. Followed by screenings of experimental short films by Thai and international film-makers while we start screening the latest VDO art about "Gold" by renown Dutch based artist and curator, Moritz Edinger. To end the festival, Colin Cheney will host our favourite Bombyx stories 5 with the theme “I wish I never…” at Opposite Mess Hall. This will be the final Bombyx night before the "Best of" Bombyx event (featuring the winners of the last 4 events) to be held in early June! And if you’d like to submit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP with your proposed story idea.
Friday 26th April 2013
Screening of “Which Way is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington,”
18.00-20.00h @ WTF Gallery 2nd Floor, Free entrance
A documentary film tribute to Tim Hetherington directed by his friend Sebastian Junger. Premiered at Sundance Festival early this year, it is a moving film about Hetherington’s unique way of looking at combat and insistence on telling stories involving true human interactions and never allowing the neutral, objective journalist’s “code” to get in the way of connection to his subjects — often long after story was ”finished.” Follow by talk and Q&A by Christopher Wise, Creative Director and Infidel curator.
The film will be screened again at FCCT on 2 May and Opposite Mess Hall on 10 May 2013. For more information please visit www.wtfbangkok.com
"A Taste of Things To Come" Opposite Mess Hall Pop-up Dinner
20.00-23.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall
Ticket 2,000 (excluding VAT) Baht for 35 seats only
With supported by Ketel-One and FIN Wines
Ordinary pleasures offered with uncommon care—that’s the reason for all the dust, banging, and buzz saw screeches coming from across the street. Scheduled to open in May as Opposite Mess Hall. Opposite Mess Hall will be a lively eating environment with sincere, unfussy, creative food. Join us for a one-night-only premier pop-up dinner for a sneak preview menu of what’s to come at Opposite Mess Hall. Jess Barnes will prepare a 9 tasting menu dishes. Each course will be paired with alcohol.
Tickets available at WTF Café & Gallery or email@example.com. For more information, please visit www.oppositebangkok.com
Launch of new public art sculpture – ‘Telemachus’ Heart” by Christopher Wise
20.00-22.00h @ Alley between WTF and Opposite
Free Entrance, sponsored by Ketel One
Please join us for the launch of our new public sculpture in the alley "Telemachus’ Heart". The heart is the sophisticated mechanism that performs the simple function of pumping blood throughout the body. Beyond this function the lump of muscle has been ascribed as the emotional storehouse of the body. It has been graphically idealized for special occasions, love of cities or affection online. The heart is the engine that allows us to be, to fuel our consciousness and how we behave. This heart is a reminder of simple things, our existences and connection to the ones we love.
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn’t go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize – that everyone you know
Some day will die
—Wayne Coyne; The Flaming Lips
DJ night by Jorge Carlos Smith and Gramophone Children
22.00-01.00h @ WTF Cafe
Our own proprietor Jorge Carlos Smith returns to his turn table and will spin liberated funk, space-dimension jazz and Lusitanian Soul from 7-9pm. Followed by Gramophone Children with their 80s music and the visual mash up until late. Gramaphone Children, aka Jaree Thanapura, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, spent his early childhood years in eighties America before relocating to family hometown Bangkok, in the early nineties. He is a multi-faceted songwriter & producer, tuned and inspired by 80’s funk, soul, electro, boogie, disco, hip-hop and glam. Gramaphone Children’s full-length album A-Huh-A-Huh released in 2010 is a precursor to his new single "Teenage Love," A full flavoured slice of electro-funk with a heavy dose of synths and tongue and cheek lyrics. The single also includes a remix by California based, filter-disco duo, Geisha Twins as well as a fully animated music video created by Thai animators from Hedgehog Studios.
Saturday 27th April 2013
16.00-22.00h @ Alley between WTF & Opposite
Free Entrance, sponsored by Tiger Beer & Ketel One
WTF Café, Zudrangma Records and Opposite Mess hall team up for a special night, one-and-only Block party in Bangkok. Join us from 4pm onwards for morlam music, BBQ by Joe Slones, and VDO installation by dutch based artist, Moritz Edinger. Kids, parents, dogs, cats, neighbours are welcome.
Short Films Screenings
18.00-19.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
Once again we have selected the best of short films that came out in 2012 to be screened as part of WTF’s 3rd anniversary celebration. Among the five films to be screened this year are Curfew, Academy Awards winning short film about a depressed man who was asked by his estranged sister to take care of her 9-year-old daughter, and Death of a Shadow, a tale of a man stuck in limbo collecting shadows of the dead to buy back his own second chance at life, which won the top prize ‘Best of the Fest’ at LA Shorts Fest.
Screening of video art "Gold" by Moritz Ebinger
19.00-22.00h @ Opposite Wall
Project GOLD was inspired by the artist’s experience as a young boy of eleven, discovering an abandoned gold mine in Ticino, Switzerland. After this discovery, he and the other children not only played in the area but also collected letters, found materials, decayed tools, and maps. This personal childhood experience: discovering, playing, innocence and adventure without being aware of the many meanings of gold and what gold is about, is the essence of project GOLD. Since its discovery, gold has the world in its spell. Because of its value, this metal caused misery, slavery, war and oppression. It is used as jewellery and for centuries alchemists sought in vain for its composition. It was and is the basis and value of our money. It is used in science, rituals and tools. How history would have been different if people had left this element in the ground.
Reading and Art Therapy by Kathy MacLeod
19.00-20.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall and WTF for late comer
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
" Why bottle up your crippling anxieties, shameful secrets, recurring nightmares, and paralyzing fears — when you can pour them out to our returning art therapist *, Kathy MacLeod? For the second year in a row, Kathy will listen to your troubles and transform them into an adorable cartoon. She’ll strip your personal demons of their power and give you a new perspective on the horrible feelings that keep you awake at night **. Of course, it would be unfair of her to just make you pour your heart out without opening up herself. So to even things out, Kathy will give a reading of her most personal and painful but ultimately uplifting cartoon stories, beginning at [7 pm].
* Kathy MacLeod is in no way a licensed art therapist.
** Hopes, wishes, and dreams also accepted. "
Bombyx Stories 5 “I wish I never…”
20.00-22.00h @ Opposite Mess Hall
Entrance Fee: 100 Baht
Bombyx Stories is Bangkok’s showcase for uncommon, true-life storytelling in the tradition of the Moth. This will be the final Bombyx night before the "Best of" Bombyx event (featuring the winners of the last 4 events) to be held in early June! And if you’d like to submit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP with your proposed story idea.
*100 Baht entrance fee for entry in all events at Opposite Mess Hall on 27th April 2013*