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TOMYAM PLADIB: EDUCATIONAL & PUBLIC PROGRAM

MARCH

A TEA CEREMONY
Date: Friday, March 21, 2008

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Ayara Hall at the Jim Thompson House Museum compound
Program Leaders: Fumiko Boughey and Chado Urasenke Tankokai Bangkok Association (CUTBA)

The Jim Thompson Art Center invites you to join a Japanese tea ceremony presented by a tea ceremony master, Fumiko Boughey and staff from Chado Urasenke Tankokai Bangkok Association (CUTBA). By joining in this serene ceremony, participants will learn more about Japanese culture and enjoy traditional Japanese sweets and green tea.

The program will be separated into two sessions with a brief explanation about the ceremony before the beginning of each session.

Please note that the program is limited to 30 guests. Reservations will be made in advance.

(The program will be in English with Thai translation.)

APICHATPONG ON VIDEOWORKS
AN ARTIST TALK WITH APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Venue: William Warren Library, Henry B. Thompson Building

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the international acclaimed film director and Jury Prize winner of the Cannes Film Festival, will reveal his other side as a new media artist and talk about his past and present short film works and video installations, to include Morakot (Emerald), his latest video installation showing at the Tomyam Pladib Exhibition.

He will also speak on his role in the current project, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (BEFF) March 25-30, 2008, in which he is participating as a festival’s co- director.

(The program will be in Thai with English translation)


A WORKSHOP BY APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2008

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Venue: William Warren Library, Henry B. Thompson Building
Workshop Leader: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a renowned Thai independent filmmaker, will conduct a workshop program entitled, “-uck the Fame, Hurray for Love!” This is a workshop about an imaginary actress where the workshop leader, Apichatpong, will ask participants to imagine her story taken around the area. Participants will learn how to use association techniques of words and images to create a fabulous story.

The program is limited to 10 participants only. Applications are open to anyone over 15 years old who has a proper digital camera. To apply, applicants should send CV with a short essay (1 page long) describing his/her perspective towards films to the Jim Thompson Art Center by mail or email. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2008.

(The program will be in Thai with English translation)

APRIL

TOMYAM PLADIB SEMINAR
JAPANESE ART AND CULTURE: INSIDE OUT/ OUTSIDE IN
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Ayara Hall at the Jim Thompson House Museum compound
Speakers: Yuko Hasekawa, Mami Kataoka and Raiji Kuroda

The Tomyam Pladib Seminar on Japanese contemporary art and culture is a half-day seminar that will feature presentations by three renowned curators from Japan.

Three Japanese curators will present lectures on the phenomenon of Japanese contemporary art, its booming market and current trends. Three distinguished curators have confirmed their participation: Yuko Hasekawa, Chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Mami Kataoka, Senior Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Hayward Gallery, London; and Raiji Kuroda, Chief Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka.

Please note that the program is limited to 80 guests. Reservations will be made in advance.

The program is partially funded by the Japan Foundation, Bangkok. (The Program will be in English with Thai translation)

Symposium Program:
13.30

Registration

13.50

Opening Speech by Director of the Japan Foundation, Bangkok

14.00 – 15.30

Japan Contemporary Art and Culture
Speakers:
- Yuko Hasekawa, Chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo,
- Mami Kataoka, Senior Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Hayward Gallery, London
- Raiji Kuroda, Chief Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.15

Question and Answer session

16.15 – 16.30

Closing speech by the Artistic Director of The Jim Thompson Art Center

MAY

WEAVING THE UNSOLVED RIDDLES
A WORKSHOP BY JARUPATCHA ACHAVASMIT
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2008

Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Venue: William Warren Library, Henry B. Thompson Building
Workshop Leader: Jarupatcha Achavasmit

The workshop of Jarupatcha Achavasmit, a textile artist at the Tomyam Pladib exhibition, will invite participants to explore and express life riddles in a form of writing and weaving. Participants will be invited to write the unsolved riddles on pieces of paper which will be folded, again and again, and hand woven on a tapestry frame. Participants will decide the shape, size and the colors of their ‘art’. The frame will then be placed into a glass box and permanently sealed.

The workshop is opened to 30 participants (age 12 years old or over). For further information on how to join this program, please contact Khun Somsuda, the Education Program Coordinator, The Jim Thompson Art Center at 02 612 6741 or 02 219 2911 or somsuda@jimthompsonhouse.com.

(The program will be in Thai with English translation)

RYOTA VS PRABDA
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN RYOTA SUZUKI AND PRABDA YOON
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2008

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: William Warren Library, Henry B. Thompson Building

Ryota Suzuki, a Bangkok based Japanese columnist, will team up with Prabda Yoon, a SEA WRITE laureate, to talk about their perspectives towards Japan and Thailand and share their experiences as persons who have had a chance to live in both countries.

(The program will be in Thai)

ALL TIME ACTIVITIES

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: ‘EVERYONE LIKES SOMEONE AS YOU LIKE SOMEONE’
BY TSUYOSHI OZAWA

Tsuyoshi Ozawa is a prominent Japanese artist who often works with communication, participatory installation and cultural exchange in a humorous manner. He invites children to participate in his artwork “Everyone likes someone as you like someone”, a mountain-sized pile of futon cushions exclusively installed in the Jim Thompson Art Center. Children can sit down or climb up over the mountain and draw postcard pictures of their loved ones. Their drawings will be swapped for one made by a child in Australia where the project was presented last time in the 2006 Asia Pacific Triennial. Tsuyoshi Ozawa will later use drawings left at the exhibition in his future projects.

DOCENT SERVICE PROGRAM (SERVICE AVAILABLE ON WEEKENDS DURING THE EXHIBITIION PERIOD)
The Docent Service Program aims to provide a better understanding of the Tomyam Pladib exhibition to a wider audience through public presentations. The program will have university juniors or seniors whose interests are art and culture to participate as exhibition guides at the art center for general visitors, school and university groups.

A CURATOR’S WALK
VIDEO DOCUMENTATION WITH GRIDTHIYA GAWEEWONG

Gridthiya Gaweewong, the curator of Tomyam Pladib exhibition, will give detailed information about the artworks exhibited in this fascinating exhibition. The video document of this program will be showed daily at the exhibition hall of the Jim Thompson Art Center during the exhibition period.

TOMYAM PLADIB EXHIBITION: FURTHER READING AND WORKSHEETS
Books and articles related to Tomyam Pladib exhibition can be found at the William Warren Library, 4th floor of the Henry B. Thompson Building. The Education Program Department will also provide worksheets, especially designed for children and general visitors. The worksheets are available at the reception area of the exhibition.

Admission to all programs is free. For more information please contact:
Somsuda (Education Program Coordinator) at 02-612-6741, 02-219-2911
somsuda@jimthompsonhouse.com or education@jimthompsonhouse.com

This exhibition and special events are under the auspices of the James H.W. Thompson Foundation with support from the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company, the Japan Foundation, Bangkok and Shu Uemura.