Now is the time you should go out on the streets and bask yourselves in dazzling lights from all head-turning artworks at the third edition of Awakening Bangkok.
Organized by Time Out Bangkok, the 2020 volume of Bangkok's biggest lighting installation fest returns with a timely theme of "RE/WIND/FAST/FORWARD" that invites a big cast of 25 creative geniuses to craft over 39 pieces of beaming designs to reflect on the current crisis of coronavirus so that we can look back on what we have gone through and contemplate on how to move past the hard times.
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Awakening Bangkok 2020
Meet the art crew who brings the story of a steadfast koi fish to life at Awakening Bangkok 2020
This is the third consecutive year that Time Out has successfully staged Awakening Bangkok. And it seems that third time's a charm because, this year, the lighting festival is bigger and brighter as ever! The 2020 edition includes over 35 masterminds, from emerging artists to veteran virtuosos. We challenged them to reflect on the trials and tribulations of the past year under the theme “RE/WIND/FAST/FORWARD”. The result is 40 visually engaging artworks, scattered across the Charoenkrung and Taladnoi neighborhoods, that reignite passions and encourage everyone to find the strength to break through these tough times and walk into 2021 armed with hope. But we don’t think it’s enough to just caper along four kilometers of bright lights to truly appreciate what it means to “rewind” and move forward. So we called in some of the artists who helped us light up the city, and asked them to tell us about the inspirations and stories behind their incredible creations for Awakening Bangkok 2020. We recently sat down with Digital Picnic, the visionary team behind Carp Tale, that illuminated spectacle at So Heng Tai Mansion that beautifully shows koi fish evolving into an elegant dragon in the sky. Digital Picnic comprises five brilliant young things—Warrawat Kajitwitshayanukul, Nutisa Sripirojthikoon, Rati Silanil, Thunchanok Phutthaphaiboon, and Thanapon Jaturongtawatchai. All products of the Edutainment and Socio-Interaction Computing Laboratory (ESIC Lab) at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), these artists have collectively embarked on a creative journey that explores the coalescence of art and technology. Can you tell us a little bit about your team? We started out at ESIC Lab at KMUTT, which is run by Dr. Priyakorn Pusawiro. All of us have experience and expertise in lighting installation, and we decided to team up and open our start-up business under the name Digital Picnic. What made you guys jump onto the Awakening Bangkok bandwagon this year? All of us have been die-hard fans of Awakening since year one. This type of art show is our thing and our job revolves around making interactive lighting installations. We got inspired from [what we saw in the] previous years and wished for our own work to go on display some day. And here you are! How do you feel about your work for Awakening now that it has come to fruition? It was actually difficult. It was the first time we created something this huge. There were many challenges along the way, but we did our best to show that we’re capable of giving the best experience to everyone who comes to see our work. What was the inspiration behind Carp Tale? The Chinese legend of the koi is, in essence, all about diligence. We are fascinated by how one particular red koi in the story attempts to swim against the tide in order to become better and stronger, like a dragon. In these difficult times, we need to push through all obstacles and try to adapt in order to survive. It’s such a brilliant story that fits this year’s theme. What is it about Carp Tale that will make people say “wow”? Apart from the goal of showcasing our interactive signature, we also wanted to make sure that anyone who comes to the show feels as if everything they see on the screen is especially created for them. The card you’ll receive at the entrance helps personalize your experience. Each card carries a distinct color and QR code, which will be decoded into the pre-programmed graphics—dragon, koi fish and other features in a different color—on the water. We want to give a shout-out to Lenso Intertrad who lent us the projector, and Dr. Priyakorn, Waranthorn Khayanying and Tossawat Mokdara for helping us make this happen. Looking at the number of visitors to Song Heng Tai, it seems your hard work has really paid off... Carp Tale is a product of our passion. We put so much effort into bringing this Chinese tale to life. Whether you like to take photos or just appreciate art, we’re confident that you’ll never get bored of our work. Life these days is really hard; we have been bombarded with PM2.5 and COVID-19, and our economy is so fragile right now. All we can do is be patient and try to go out, learn new things and get inspired like the fish in the story. We will see the silver lining soon. Sereechai Puttes / Time Out Bangkok Carp Tale is lighting installation number 36 on the list of all artworks of Awakening Bangkok 2020. The installation will be displayed at So Heng Tai Mansion in Taladnoi until 20 December. Entry fee is B50 and includes one free soft drink. You can also find out more about the festival of lights by Time Out Bangkok from this link.
All rules and regulations you have to know before attending Awakening Bangkok 2020
Bangkok's biggest light installation fest Awakening Bangkok 2020 has finally returned. This year, we come back with a bigger and bolder concept of "RE/WIND/FAST/FORWARD" to reignite the fire in us to fight through the dark times imposed by coronavirus. Speaking of which, although the health crisis has become much more positive than ever, the virus is somehow lingering in the air, so it's a must for us to make some do's and don't's for our event. To ensure everyone's safety and fun experience at the festival, we kindly ask you to follow several regulations in compliance with Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the liveliness of tourist attractions around the country. Here are all rules and regulations you need to know before attending Awakening Bangkok 2020. 1. Wear a face mask at all times. 2. Register and fill out the form on the ThaiChana application. 3. Get a temperature check before entering the locations. 4. Keep social distancing at least one meter. 5. Respect the local community and the residents living around the showcase locations. 6. Smoking and e-cigarette are prohibited in the area of the lighting installations. 7. Any ignitable/flammable objects are not allowed in the area of the lighting installations. 8. Please refrain from making excessive noises while enjoying the lighting installations. 9. Photos and videos for commercial purposes are not permitted. Thank you in advance for your kind corporation, and we hope you get to reignite your fire blissfully with Awakening Bangkok 2020.
The 10 FAQs from Awakening Bangkok 2020
Here are all questions we have been frequently asked from you about this year’s Awakening Bangkok. 1. What time do the shows start? Lights will be turned on from 18:00 to 23:00 daily, from now until Dec 20. 2. Do I have to pay to see the lights? Showcases as well as all activities are of charge, except installation no. 36 (Carp Tale) at So Heng Tai, which charges B50 entry fee per person. It, however, comes with a glass of iced herbal drink. 3. You mentioned that some of the light showcases will be extended until Jan 4, 2021. Which pieces are they? Installation no. 11 (Stranger Playlist) Installation no. 12 (The Garden of Knowledge) Installation no. 18 (The Forest) Installation no. 23 (The Timiji Jungle) Installation no. 24 (Spring) See the full list of the installations here. 4. Where can I pick up the walking map for Awakening Bangkok 2020? This year’s map can be collected at Time Out Bangkok Information Center in front of the Grand Postal Building. There is also an online map available in this link. 5. What are the nearest train stations to the festival? You can drop at BTS Saphan Taksin to visit the festival. But if you’re underground, MRT Hua Lam Phong is the nearest stop. 6. Where can I park my car? Parking spots are available at the Grand Postal Building and House No. 1. Parking fees are B20 per hour. 6. Can I get a parking waiver? No. We’re sorry about that. 7. Is there any discount on ride-hailing services? Gojek Thailand offers a 50% discount on every ride (maximum B25). Simply use discount code: GJAWKN 8. Are there any convenience stores around the festival? There are convenience stores at: Next to and behind Grand Postal Building On the ground floor of The Room condominium, Soi Charoenkrung 30 River City Bangkok Opposite Siam Commercial Bank in Talad Noi neighborhood 9. Are there any COVID-19 preventive measures at the locations? Yes. The number of visitors is also limited at certain locations, while there are temperature checkpoints and hand sanitizers installed throughout the festival. In addition, festival-goers are required to wear face masks at all times. 10. What are other activities I can do at Awakening Bangkok 2020? There are concerts, silent disco parties, and festival dishes and drinks created specially for the event. Find all of them in this link. Apart from these questions, you can still find all details about Awakening Bangkok 2020 here.
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