Michael Shaowanasai is one of the leading multi-disciplinary artists to emerge in the Southeast Asian art scene over the last decade. After attending the prestigious Chulalongkorn University Law School, Bangkok, Thailand, he went on to receive a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1994 and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Shaowansai’s repertoire is quite vast and all of his productions can be referred to as his “performances”. His video works such as "The Adventures of Iron Pussy" and "The Artist of the Moments" have achieved cult status as well as international distinction in major exhibitions such as 2003 Venice Biennale and 2004 Berlin Film Festival. His photographic works are also highly acclaimed. These question history, social and cultural discrimination and genocide as well as gender issues.
For this special Artist Talk, @ The Crossroad and No Signal, What the Hell Would Judi Dench Do?, will mark the end of an episode in Shaowanasai’s first career. He will share the secrets of his failures as well as success as an art personality for the past 15 years. He will also state his views about the politics, popular cultures, esthetics, and most of all, past and future of his famous creation “Iron Pussy“.
In addition to his focus on product design, an area in which Panu Boonpipattapong has been working for the past few years, he also spends time writing and editing art and cultural publications, such as VER Magazine, an experimental publication initiated by Rirkrit Tiravanija. He also served as Managing Editor for Freeform, a Thai magazine on contemporary art and culture. Now, he’s a freelance writer for film magazine called FILMAX and other magazines, such as The Wave, Art4d, Madame Figaro, BKK Biz, and etc. At the same time, he still works as freelance graphic and product designer for several books, magazines, and companies.
Note: Discussion will be in Thai, with English translation
** This education program is part of Revisit the Jim Thompson Era, a current exhibition at the Jim Thompson Art Center, which will be on view until the end of April 2011
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