On Saturday, June 3rd, 2006 beginning at 5pm at the Jim Thompson House, Fly with Me to Another World will open its exhibition Fly with Me to Another World (in transit) and launch its new publication Public In(ter)vention.

The highlight of the opening is a fashion show, of costumes made from recycled materials by Beauty Suit Collective (Katherine Olston, Estelle Cohenny and Chakkrit Chimnok) an extension of their workshop in Lamphun with high school students. The evening event will also include an artists talk and film screening of the Project’s video documentation.

The event continues the James H. W. Thompson Foundation’s ongoing support for community-based art projects. The Foundation is one of the main supporters of Fly with Me to Another World, (Sud Khob Faa in Thai which means Magnificent Horizon), an art project initiated by Chiang Mai and Fukuoka based artist Navin Rawanchaikul, inspired by the journey of National Artist of Thailand, Inson Wongsam. The exhibition was launched in 1999 and traveled to several international art centres. In 2004, the exhibition returned to Thailand and was housed at the Haripunchai National Museum, in Inson’s hometown of Lamphun.

The Project inspired a year of art activities (February 2004 - February 2005) with people in Lamphun and Chiang Mai. Fly with Me to Another World Project encouraged young Thai artists and art students to seek collaborations with society beyond the art world through initiating workshops, lectures and art activities in collaboration with community members.

The event will also launch Public In(ter)vention, a volume of edited writings with contributions from Thai and international artists, critics, academics, curators, directors of art spaces, and grassroots organisers discussing and debating issue of the ‘public’ and ‘art.’ These chat-room conversations, personal reflections, scholarly papers and contributions of research continue the dialogue which began with the Public Art In(ter)vention Symposium that Fly with Me to Another World organised in February 2005. The event known in Thai as Tang Kon Tang Yu Ruam Kan Kab Silpa which means ‘Each of us lives with art but does not associates with art’ included over 300 participants from Thailand and abroad.

Fly with Me to Another World (in transit) exhibition at the Jim Thompson House will be on display daily from June 5, to July 7, 2006 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The exhibition will include 20 recycled costumes inspired by uniforms in Thai daily life. Admission is free.

For more information please contact:
Khun Chakart Dararuja
Tel: 053-122544 or info@flywithmeproject.org

Khun Piyapat Popitakkul
Tel: 02-6103717

Exhibition: Fly with Me to Another World (in transit)"
Dates: June 5 - July 7, 2006
Location: Jim Thompson House
6 Soi Kasemsan 2 (BTS National Stadium)
Open: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: free