Wednesday, November 24, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Disc is Dead, Disco is Alive!


 WTF gallery would like to ask our friends a small favour. We are working with a great thai visual artist, Som Sutthirat Supaparinya, helping her to create a new work called "Disc is Dead, Disco is Alive!". The work will be displayed as part of her solo show at WTF Gallery Jan next year.

We'd like to ask you to help us by donating the used or unwanted CDs and DVDs. We need A LOT of them to create a groovy "disco ball" as part of the show. You can drop them at WTF or we can arrange to pick them up too.

Please help spreading the words if you know anyone with a lot of unwanted CDs/DVDs.

Call 089 926 6474 or email

Thank you, thank you, thank you! visit website at at

WTF Gallery มีเรื่องอยากจะขอความช่วยเหลือจากทุกคนค่ะ เรากำลังเตรียมงานนิทรรศการศิลปะ ร่วมสมัยที่มีชื่อว่า "Disc is Dead, Disco is Alive!" โดยศิลปิน ส้ม สุทธิรัตน์ ศุภปริญญา ซึ่งจะจัดเเสดงที่ WTF gallery เดือนมกราคม ปีหน้า

หนึ่งในผลงาน ในนิทรรศการชุดนี้ ศิลปินจะทำงานศิลปะ ซึ่งทำมาจากเเผ่นดิสก์ หรือซึดึที่ไม่ใช้เเล้ว ศิลปินต้องการใช้เป็นจำนวนมาก ทางเเกลลอรี่จึงอยากขอให้ทุกคนกรุณาอย่าทิ้งเเผ่น DVD หรือ CD ที่ไม่ใช้ เเล้วนำมาบริจาคให้เราที่ WTF Cafe & Gallery หรือโทรติตต่อให้เราไปรับก็ได้ค่ะ

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Asian Women’s Aesthetics in 21st Century Contexts (3)

Reflecting on issues beyond appearance and gender

Monsters Series”, Sharon Chin

Sharon Chin, Malaysia
Malaysian artist Sharon Chin took banned books as a motif, the central idea being that the process of censorship is essentially arbitrary in nature. Chin represents censorship as a stern monster that lives in the dark. This monster explodes punishment upon us that we can not circumvent. The monster, however, disappears whenever he is exposed to the light of knowledge and discourse. The work “Monsters Series” that Chin exhibits in this biennial is one of two parts of her solo exhibition “Sensors: Banned Books & Other Monsters”. This work reveals numerous issues about freedom of expression in media, especially media produced by women in Malaysia. It is notable to point out that Chin uses statistics of censorship to bite back at the system.
Renoir's Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and the Thai  Villagers.2008.photograph,video 11min

Araya Rasdjarmreansook, Thailand
Thai Artist Araya Rasdjarmreansook lives in a quaint village, though she works as a professor in the city of Chiang Mai and has several experiences abroad to her name. The people in her 4 channel video installation are not among her art circle friends or elite colleagues, but farmers who are actually her neighbors.

PostHeaderIcon Asian Women’s Aesthetics in 21st Century Contexts (2)

Using Images of the Self as a Representation of Female Expression

Few art academies in Asia teach “Performance Arts.” However, many female artists use this form of expression. They find they can represent their thoughts by using body language. It neither wastes a lot of physical strength, nor does it require complicated methods/machines in order to create art works.
I Love You, Melati Suryodarmo
Yet live performance is also challenging, as artists need to gain the audience’s immediate response. Nowadays, live performance artists have heightened awareness of “repeatable art”, possible through the form of video. This medium also shares the qualities of one-time creations such as archives and art pieces. In addition, personal computers and digital video cameras enable women to master production and post-production at home, allowing art to bridge the domestic and public spheres. Technology shifts the focus of art from creating “objects” to creating “ideas,” from the painting or sculpture to the body.

PostHeaderIcon Asian Women’s Aesthetics in 21st Century Contexts

I was co-curating for main exhibition of "International Incheon Women Artists' Bienniale" The exhibition was held on 1-30 august 2009 in Inchoen City, Seoul, Korea.

This is an article I wrote about the show. Hope it helpful for those who interested in female artists.  English editor: Eva M. Pascal and Philip Jablon


The Adventures of the Women in Black, Hamra Abbas
Asian Women’s Aesthetics in 21st Century Contexts

In a period where feminism has diverse points of view, the exhibition “So Close Yet So Far Away” aims to display contemporary visions of women through visual art embedded in contexts of age, nationality, race, religion, politics, social status and culture. This project focuses on women in specific cultural situations instead of creating a misleadingly universal conversation. Through the exhibition, I would like to illustrate the strategies and perspectives of today’s Asian women in works by significant female artists from Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Oceania, as well as Asians living in other continents. To give details about these, I categorize the artists into three broad topics, women’s voices, self expression, and reflections beyond gender.

Hearing women’s voices
Hamra Abbas, Pakistan-Kuwait-USA
At the entrance to the biennial, viewers confront a picture of masculine woman with oily black skin, strong eyes, and a weapon in her hand. It is a poster of an animated movie, “The Adventures of the Women in Black,” currently in production. Abbas creates new vision of the female super-hero who has a playful and madcap character as a 'public intervention' monument.  Abbas, a Pakistani, celebrates Muslim women’s militancy within a culture of escalating male violence. Abbas was awarded the Jury prize at the 9th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates this year. This award signals growing space for female expression, and even aggression, in Muslim countries.
Thursday, November 11, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Seed of Female Power Cultivated Beneath Yangon Arts Festival

Seed of Female Power Cultivated Beneath Yangon Arts Festival

MVV/ Yangon-- The late rainy season, strategically known as the “Green Season” in certain countries in order to promote tourism, was endowed with ideal weather for holding outdoor activities. To be sure, Myanmar is one of the more interesting destinations during the verdurous “green season.” Lucky for me, as I was invited there during  such a nice time of year.

PostHeaderIcon Open Call- Lifescapes: Southeast Asian Film Festival


Open Call for Entries
Lifescapes :: Southeast Asian Film Festival
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Deadline: 30 November 2010

The South East Asian Institute of Global Studies
 at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand is holding an open call for films (documentary, docu-drama, or dramatic) for a Southeast Asian Film Festival entitled Lifescapes to be held 3-7 February 2011.

som's blog

hope this info is useful!

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