ONLINE LIVE : ASIATOPIA [THAILAND]
11 pm FRIDAY APRIL 16 EST NY / 10 am SATURDAY APRIL 17 Thailand
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SPRING FESTIVAL 2021: March 12- May 28 ... a slice of our world
Travel and meeting in person are at the heart of the international community of performance art. In this time of the pandemic, the in-person personal sharing of ideas and communication has been impossible.
Please RSVP gracexhibitionspace @ yahoo.com for info on joining the ZOOM After-Party with the Artists & Organizers
This is not a comprehensive list of all of the performance art organizers and organizations around the globe … but it is a little slice of our community presenting a something beautiful in this challenging time. We miss each other and hope some solace and feeling of togetherness will come through on these nights.
ABOUT ASIATOPIA [THAILAND]
Asiatopiais the longest-running Southeast Asian festival of performance art. Over 400 international artists have performed since 1998. Asiatopia was supported by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration from 1998-2002 and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre since 2010.
The name Asiatopia combines words with multiple connotations. Asia, and the root of ‘u/topia’, combining the relationship between site, practice, history, social activism, idealism, the sensible body, and the impossible
2011 Asiatopia expanded into Chiangmai and Chiangrai, Korat, and Nan, providing workshops with young students and artists.
In November 2008, nearly 100 world renowned artists from 32 countries took a turn each week to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of ASIATOPIA International Performance Art Festival.
Since the founding of Asiatopia two decades ago, many Thai performance artists have actively engaged in the international performance art movement, and have traveled world wide. Asiatopia, in turn, has invited more than 300 international artists to perform for the Thai public audience.
Asiatopia has been organised each year since 1998, in Bangkok and/or in Chiang Mai.
CHOMPHUNUT PHUTTHA [BANGKOK, THAILAND]
Chomphunut Phuttha was born in 1994 in Khon Kaen, Thailand and currently lives and works in Bangkok. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University in 2016.
Although she studied painting, she doesn’t frame herself within the traditional way. She began to put an interest in performance art since she was studying in college and has developed her performance art until the present days. Her artworks usually have the content that reflects the transitoriness of things especially the abstracts in human heart including identity, emotion, and relationship. All of these are what human attaches to and values. When we bind ourselves with these abstracts without realizing the limited time of them, we may be affected emotionally one way or another. So, all the works have the purpose to make the people aware of the instability and the end that can come anytime.
CHUMPON APISUK [NAN, THAILAND]
FB Page: Chumpon Apisuk, Asiatopia House
Chumpon Apisuk was born in 1948 in Nan, a northern province in Thailand.
He is one of the pioneers of performance art in Thailand and SE Asia. He is known for his activism in AIDS, Human Rights, democracy. He works with EMPOWER Foundation, which was founded by his partner Chantawipa Apisuk, an organization that advocates for the rights of sex workers in Thailand, where he conducts art for advocates' training for sex workers
leaders and activists in Thailand and SE Asia.
He is a member of the founding board of Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC – 2010- 2018), in Bangkok. He found Concrete House in 1993, an art and community space, the only performance art venue in Thailand. He is a founding member of “Asiatopia – an International Performance Art Festival in Thailand”, since 1998.
His performances are to make symbolic gestures over long duration, and to create an environment for social encounters, interactions, political responses, being inside, cunning, almost humoristic, with “little or no art”.
Since 1986, he has performed more than 300 times in Germany, England, Scotland, N. Ireland, Rep Ireland, Finland, Czech Rep., Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Croatia, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, USA, India, Malaysia and in Thailand.
Currently, Chumpon is launching Asiatopia House - a Performance in Residence and International Performative Exchange project in his remote home of Nan Province, his home town 660 km north of Bangkok.
PATTREE CHIMNOK [CHIANG RAI, THAILAND]
(Born 1968) lives and works in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
She graduated B.F.A. in Printmaking and M.F.A. in Visual Art from Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. She works with wax sculpture, installation, VDO Art, Photograph, performance art and Community Art.
She was invited to join the international Art festivals such as Taiwan, China, Poland, Germany, Switzerland. Her work reveals the human’s emotion under limit living. In control by political society and traditional culture. She is concerned with human rights and raising moral questions to the audiences
SUTASINEE KANSOMDEE [CHIANG MAI, THAILAND]
Sutasinee Kansomdee is an Interdisciplinary Artist, born in 1987 in Chiang Mai, where she currently lives and works.
She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University in the Printmaking Department (2011), and is currently in the Master's program of Visual Arts, Chiang Mai University. Her artwork ranges across many forms and techniques, including intaglio printing, industrial printing, mixed media, installation and performance art.
Sutasinee is interested in recording the emotions that occur in life in various ways. She is also interested in the expression of
public spaces, social and cultural criteria. At present, she is interested in how performance art relates to lines of power and the limitation of power that occurs in the history of art
CHAKKRIT CHIMNOK [CHIANGRAI, THAILAND]
(Born 1978) Now, lives in Chiangrai province and lecture and Chiangrai
Rajabhat University . His graduated B.F.A. Bachelor degree of Fine Art (Sculpture & Printmaking) and M.F.A. Master degree of Fine Art (Visual art) from Faculty of Fine arts, Chiangmai University. Now, He is researching a Ph.D. degree in art and design at Faculty of Fine arts, Chiangmai University.He was invited to participation in Thailand and International art exhibition: Singapore, Japan, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, China, Germany, South Korea, etc. he works with Visual art :
Sculpture, Installation art ,Performance art, etc. Chakkrit focuses on the core concepts of culture, globalization and the environment.
ASIATOPIA : PERFORMANCE - ARTIST - RESIDENCY
Performance Art in Residence, is a new program of Asiatopia, where visitng artist(s) will temporarily live and work in a rural village in Thailand where people are rice and fruit orchid farmers. The artists will be able to observe or participate in daily practice of the farmers, or spend their time in a quiet environment, refreshing their thoughts and conduct artistic research.
Asiatopia Nan is also linked with local eco-farming organization Joko Learning Center, which promotes eco-friendly and sufficient farming systems. Artists can also choose to work with the center farmer university.
1. The principle of the performance art study based on direct experience with artists and practice, artists will stay and work in residency at Baan Namkrog Mai village , Nan, Thailand.
2. Artists are not required to present their works, but can be arranged if artists request.
3. Artists must give 1 public speaking about his/her own work and /or 1-3 day (s) work- shop with local young people. The talk and workshop could be arranged in Bangkok or at residence house.
4. At the end of residency artists should share his/her documents for the center’s archive.
5. 1-2 months or 4 weeks period, where artists will be working in village environment in a quarter hectar area.
6. The program will be open from September to February.
For more information about this performance art residency, please contact: asiatopia@empowerfo undation.org
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