Top events in Bangkok this month
Artist Akkara Naktamna’s ironic sense of humor and ambivalence toward the Buddhist faith manifests in his latest solo exhibition Demonic. This set displays a series of photos that question the sanctity of the Buddhist faith, and trains the spotlight on the perceived downfall of Buddhism in the last few years, as revealed in scandalous issues involving temples being accused of fund fraud or monks wearing designer clothing while traveling in a luxurious jet. Akkara, himself a Buddhist, plays up flash photography to reveal the “demons” hiding within the folds of a monk’s saffron-colored gown. Each photograph reveals a chilling image of blackened hands holding up different artifacts, meant to symbolize transgressions against the basic principles of Buddhism. Each photograph hides a profound and provocative meaning, stripping these vestments off their sacred representation, and bringing forth the realization of how close the “demon” is to us or how we may have been fooled by the figures we once thought were our spiritual anchors. One photo, for instance, of a demon holding a doll in his hands portrays the immoral circumstance of a monk having physical contact with an underaged girl. The young photographer realizes that this abstract, yet eye-opening, series may produce both backlash and criticism, given that Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. “Well, if they look closer, they will know that I’m not talking about Buddhism in general but of specific circumstances,” Akk
Quirky setting, fine spirit, hot hunks and an entertaining show by Pangina Heals, Bangkok's answer to RuPaul, this is the most awesome, upscale gay party in town and has turned Sunday into Maggie Choo's busiest night.
Learn how to make your own zine at Tool School of Visual art this Aug 3rd. At the workshop, you will be learning several zine-making skills such as storytelling technique, designing, and how to put all the pieces together, in which at the end of the class, you will have your own zine to take home with you.
Centered on "time" theme, Faith - Nature is an art exhibition by three artists: Chutchawan Wannapo, Surasak Sornsena, and Arnon Sungvondee who connect the changing time to Buddhist philosophy reflecting the truth and beauty in nature through a series of paintings and prints.
What kind of existence are we? What will mankind, once anthropoids, advance to? In a world where environmental destruction is rampant, Are human beings and animals really a confrontational entity? How do we understand the occasional animal nature despite repeated evolution? Suppressed by machine civilization, will humans gradually become cyborgs or goblins? On what grounds are aliens based on human structure?I think one needs a mark to recognize one’s own existence. Jewelry has served as an identification tag since the beginning. Small and lovely objects that make a delicate difference... The difference makes a distinctness, but the truth frankly makes oneself reveal many of the features inherent in oneself. By wearing jewelry, I become a monkey, a goblin, and an alien. As a material, wood has a subtle charm that it once was alive. Its sleek silhouette and flat surface is suitable to conceal its nature. Only eyes, nose and mouth on it help recognize what they really are. As jewelry, I show the monkey, the goblin, the alien inside me. Sungho Cho Cho is a Korean jewelry artist who was trained in Korea, Italy and Germany. He has been exhibiting internationally in solo and group exhibitions since 2010. His works have also been collected in many international public collections. Content provided by Time Out partner
Come to Just A Drink (Maybe) this 23 Aug to sample authentic Ethiopian dishes. The B990 set menu pairs dishes from the northeast African country with your choice of gin cocktails, wine or beer.
Thonglor hotspot, The Commons, is hosting a workshop where kids can learn how to cook tum kao pode, a kid-friendly version of som tum with corn, and moo ping or tender pork skewers. Students will also learn how to make eco-friendly packaging using banana leaves.
The famed bar from Singapore, Manhattan, is taking over Bangkok’s famous speakeasy bar, Find The Locker Room this Friday, and you won’t want to miss it. This is your rare chance to experience the glamorous of the old New York and Manhattan’s swanky drinks.
Safe Room is throwing their notorious Resident Night once again this 23 August. Expect nothing but a wild night with all the DJs spinning their eclectic tunes however they like. Lineup includes Boogie G, Leopold I, and Tristan Kino.
Local promoter The Very Company just announced they're bringing alt-rock band Snow Patrol back to perform in Bangkok for the second time at Moonstar Studio 8 this 27 August. The band rose to fame with their major-label debut, Final Straw in 2003, following by Eyes Open in 2006 which features the hit tracks like "Chasing Cars” and “Hands Open” landing the band 7 BMI Awards in total.