The Jim Thompson Art Center cordially invites you to attend the lecture ‘The Insecure of Security’ by Associate Professor Dr.Surachart Bamrungsuk and Dr.Pitch Pongsawat

The Jim Thompson Art Center cordially invites you to attend the lecture ‘The Insecure of Security’ by Associate Professor Dr.Surachart Bamrungsuk and Dr.Pitch Pongsawat
On Saturday 15th December 2012 / 2:00 - 4:00pm.
At The Jim Thompson Art Center
(The Program will be held in Thai with English summarize)

The lecture is led by keynote speaker by Associate Professor Dr. Surachart Bamrungsuk and Dr. Pitch Pongsawat, who are political scientists, expert in security and regularly concerned with security issues in everyday life. The lecture will outline and articulate security issues that affect every aspects of the modern world. In particular, the current issues of ‘urban terrorization’ that has come to light and is much debated in the 21st century will be considered.

About the Lecturers:
Associate Professor Dr.Surachart Bamrungsuk is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. He is the consultant of Institute for Intelligence in National Intelligence Agency (2008-current), the expert in Police Commission (2011-current) and also a head of stability studies research project. He is a stability and military affairs expert.

Dr. Pitch Pongsawat, a lecturer of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University is also a newspaper and political magazine columnist, an internet blogger, and a co- producer of political commentary internet television. Pitch’s publications include his 2007 “Middle-class Ironic Electoral Cultural Practices in Thailand: Observing the 2005 National Assembly Election and Its Aftermath” (in Chua Beng Huat. ed., Elections as Popular Culture in Asia, London: Routledge) and his 2002 “Virtual Democracy in Thailand: Information Technology, Internet Political Message Board, and the Politics of Representation in Thailand after 1992,” in Journal of Social Sciences.

About the Safe Place exhibition:
Safe Place in the Future (?), is the exhibition to coherently emphasize the artists’ interpretation of core issues about the concept of ‘Safe Place’. In addition to the actual exhibition, this event will include a lecture series, discussions, and film events that are intended to broaden discussion and bridge dialogues between art and social issues.

This exhibit focuses on the overwhelmingly fragile circumstance that both put the world at risk and brings about dangerous conditions. The response towards these uncomfortable conditions is re-examined and re-interpreted in various positive forms, including sculpture, interactive media, documentary films, photography and more, by the artists. All 11 local and international artists participate to show their strong visions by encouraging the interest of others in concerns about current safe issues. They call upon the viewer to raise questions and awareness. The artists seek to find ways to draw the audiences’ attention to current intricately complex issues on unsafe conditions.

Fragile, insecure or unsafe conditions summon up new dialogues, and evoke ways to give an expression of hope and imagination towards finding both creative and practical ways to arrive at a ‘Safe Place in the Future’. The exhibition is a compellation of conscientious artistic perspectives and interpretations on the core issue of ‘(un) safe place’. This message is articulated and assorted into three chapters under the themes ‘dystopia now, utopia never’.

  1. Ungovernable Power’ is a section that focuses on the after effects from the unpredictable and unstoppable forces of natural disasters.
  2. Invisible Structure’ The second chapter explores and concentrates on the contemporary manmade crises.
  3. New Hope’ The last chapter highlights alternatives and imagines of future co-habitation.

The exhibition will be on till 3 March 2013, at The Jim Thompson Art Center,
Everyday 9.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
For more information, please contact the Jim Thompson Art Center
Tel: 02-612-6741, 080-117-8911
Fax: 02-219-2911
E-mail : pr_artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com