Wonderfruit returns for its 6th edition, innovatively reimagined as a sustainable pop-up city to inspire global citizens

Wonderfruit, Thailand’s pioneering celebration of art, music, food, and ideas returns in December as a sustainable utopia. Building on its previous five years’ worth of knowledge, Wonderfruit envisions itself this year as a pop-up city where eco-friendly solutions and inspiring encounters bring people together. 

As we build the world we want to see, we can demonstrate the power of human connection and the impact it can have,” says Wonderfruit founder, Pranitan “Pete” Phornprapha. By reimagining every aspect of a city’s infrastructure in ways that are innovative, inspiring and effective, and by curating meaningful opportunities for interaction, the Wonderfruit team aims to build a world where everyone can contribute in a positive way.

The culture of participation in Wonderfruit’s pop-up city is fostered through its one-of-a-kind experiences, which Wonderers can explore in The Fields. Highlights this year include Musicity, in which BBC 3 DJ and music connoisseur Nick Luscombe teams up with Erased Tapes producers, namely Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something, Douglas Dare, Hatis Noit, Midori Hirano and Rival Consoles, as well as local artists, to produce original musical interpretations of iconic Bangkok locations. The architecture-inspired sound art will be performed live on Theatre Stage as this global project brings the city to The Fields for the first time. 

Solar Stage by Gregg Fleishman has become the gathering point for sunrise and sunset. Its distinct modular structure will be reconfigured once again this year to create more shady spaces to snuggle and explore, and more vantage points from which to take in the uplifting, eclectic music of Acid Pauli, Arp Frique & Family, Daddy G (from Massive Attack), Floating Points, Gidge, and Trojan Sound System.

Wonderfruit’s home of edgy, unusual sounds, The Quarry welcomes back legendary Fabric resident Craig Richards for another edition of “Collisions,” a genre-defying collection of music-makers that represents the current underground music scene. Opening during daylight hours for the first time this year, The Quarry’s line-up will include Binh, Bobby., Craig Richards, DOTT, Felix Dickinson, Nick The Record, Powder, Sonja Moonear and Willow

Forbidden Fruit is a platform for bold statements and unashamed self-expression and in 2019 welcomes a takeover by Ed Banger Records with sets from Breakbot & Irfane, Busy P, Myd and Yasmin. The beautiful bamboo boudoir will also lure groove-seekers with party-starters Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.

The world’s only 360-degree sound experience, Polygon returns with futuristic technology that synchronizes high definition visuals and surround sound especially spatialized by electronic world music artists including Alban Endlos, Alejandro Castelli, Dandara, Holed Coin, Kusht, Luis Rosenberg, Martha Van Straaten, Matanza, Miret, Reple, Sainte Vie, Spaniol, Timboletti and Xique-Xique.

This year’s experiences extend beyond the musical, as Scratch Talks returns to the Eco Pavilion with stories on the themes of LIVE, LOVE or WONDER. At the evolving platform-in-the-round, the world’s most pioneering thought leaders will gather to share their horizon-broadening ideas.

And Wonderers can satisfy body, mind, and soul at Wonderness, where workshops, activities, and therapies encourage exploration and self-discovery. As well as the practices and experiences for which it has become known, including yoga, sound baths, and shamanic ceremonies, Wonderness embraces Thai indigenous wisdom this year, placing the spotlight on local traditions for healing, heart-opening, and health-giving.

More intriguing activities and experiences will be announced in the coming months as Wonderfruit’s new world takes shape. “In building a pop-up city, we get to strive for utopia,” concludes Pete, “and as we implement innovative infrastructure and demonstrate that creativity catalyzes change, we set an example that is beautiful and impactful.”

#Wonderfruit2019 takes place from 12 to 16 December in The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya. Phase 1 ticket pricing begins at THB 5,900 (USD $189 or £169). Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on securing your tickets and accommodation.

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About WONDERFRUIT/ SCRATCH FIRST

Produced by Thai-based SCRATCH FIRST, Wonderfruit seeks to encourage, develop and innovate creative solutions for sustainable living and bring together a global community to celebrate them. Wonderfruit is built on six pillars: Art & Architecture, Music, Family, Farm to Feasts, Talks & Workshops and Wellness, all of which are informed by its ethos to use the event as a platform to catalyze a meaningful and positive impact.

BANGKOK ART SCENE NOW

The thriving art scene of today’s Bangkok has seen new galleries opening up since early last year, adding a welcoming touch and fresh artistic vibe to the already saturated plethora of department stores. A good sign showing that, Bangkok is trying to pin itself onto the worldwide destination city for art and culture.

With artistic initiatives such as the first PhotoBangkok Festival 2015 (July 29th – Oct. 4th, 2015), let’s all hope that the city will be back into the highlights but this time not for its political turmoil and economic instability.

Adler Subhashok Gallery

Hard to find upon the first visit and tucked in a small alley off Sukhumvit soi 33, Adler Subhashok Gallery will impress visitors with its modern design building spread across four floors with over 1,000 square meters of space dedicated to Art.

With an international and highly professional team, including collector Subhashok Angkasuwansiri (owner of Subhashok Art Center), French couple Armelle and Joel Cohen of Adler gallery Paris, and Subhashok’s French art dealer, Laurent de Pass, the gallery aims to market Thai contemporary art around the world as well as introducing more Western art to Thai collectors.

Expect artworks and installations by upcoming young Thai artists or by international artists whose works has never or rarely been exhibited in Bangkok.

Their next exhibition titled “Wu Jin”「凝視 無盡」, by Taiwanese master of modern photography Ko Si-Chi, is an ‘Exhibition of Timelessness’ (Sept. 11th – Oct. 18th, 2015).

*This exhibition is part of Photo Bangkok 2015

“Wu Jin”「無盡」meaning ‘timelessness’ in Chinese, describes Mr. Ko’s current status; keep walking, keep shooting, freeze the time, cross time and space, step over the beauty, stand far above the unworldliness, this name is also inspirited from the “Endless Light” in Vimalakirti Sutra-Buddha Chapter.

[Opening reception: September 11th 2015, 7:00 pm]

Adler Subhashok Gallery – Bangkok

160/3 Soi Sukhumvit 33, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongton Nue, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

Tel: (+66) 2-662-0299 http://www.sacbangkok.com/

 56th Studio

Further down and hidden deep inside Sukhumvit soi 31 (BTS Phrom Phong), another privately owned gallery, 56th Studio was created by Thai creative director/designer Napawan and art director/bartender Saran. This quirky space is dedicated to Visual Designs with a blend of graphic design, illustration, product design, furniture and ‘everything sitting in between’.Combining a pop-up speakeasy with drinks tailored to the theme of each exhibition, the 45sqm attic function not only as an office to a multi-disciplinary design studio; but also as a bar, a concept store and a meeting point where established designers, upcoming artists and all design-lovers collides.Their monthly-curated events showcase young and upcoming designers and makers, with selected graphic prints, illustrations, furniture and fine art. Make sure to have a chat with them on their secret outdoor covered terrace and try their excellent concoctions.56th Studio Private Gallery (opens on Fri, Sat, Sun from 12.00 – 24.00)

235/10, unit 9-11 Green Connect, Sukhumvit soi 31, Klongtun-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 http://www.56thstudio.com/

H Gallery Bangkok

H Gallery Bangkok was established in 2002 and deserves a special mention in this article as one of Thailand’s pioneering leading venues for current art in the region by maintaining a curated program of experimental works and international dialogues.

With an exclusive focus on Thai artists, the gallery has evolved as critical shifts in Asia’s art scenes and continues to ensure their transnational importance for the very notion of Contemporary Art ‘made in Thailand’.

In 2011, as a continuation of Bangkok’s longstanding history of alternative venues, saw the birth of H Project Space (on the second floor of H gallery), directed by Dr. Brian Curtin, an art critic and curator.

In 2012, H Gallery Chiang Mai opened with an installation by the celebrated Thai artist Mit Jai-Inn. H Gallery also manages two exhibition spaces at Gaysorn department store in Bangkok.

The gallery roster includes Sopheap Pich, Somboon Hormtientong and Jakkai Siributr. H galleries has also collaborated with Shen Wei, Sakarin Krue-On, Michael Lee, Jedsada Tangtrakulwong, Olivier Pin-Fat, Viet Le, Simon Larbalestier and a provocative variety of emerging and established talents.

H Gallery keeps an extensive inventory of works, which can be viewed by appointment only.

Upcoming exhibition at H gallery Bangkok:

Frank Hallam Day ‘Call Waiting: Bangkok Phone Booths’

(Aug. 6 – Sept. 27, 2015) *This exhibition is part of Photo Bangkok 2015

A multivalent series of photographs of Bangkok’s battered public phone booths.

H GALLERY BANGKOK / H PROJECT SPACE . 201 Sathorn Soi 12 Bangkok

H GALLERY CHIANG MAI . Mae Rim Province . Chiang Mai – Near The Four Seasons Resort

G1 CONTEMPORARY & THE SPACE . Gaysorn Shopping Center . Bangkok

H GALLERY at EAT ME RESTAURANT Convent Road Bangkok

HGALLERYBKK.COM Tel: +66(0)85 021 5508

Speedy Grandma & Speedy Grandchild

Speedy Grandma* was founded in August 2012 by Lee Anantawat and Thomas Menard, both big supporters and art enthusiasts of the dynamic Thai contemporary art scene. Entering 2015, Pisitakun Kuntalang and Judha Su united the team, and they started to position themselves as an “alternative space”.

In addition to monthly exhibitions held at Speedy Grandma, they recently launched a new project, Speedy Grandchild, which is exclusively dedicated for art students or young (inexperienced) artists to occupy their second floor studio each month.

Opened for any kind of experimental ideas, they are also running artist-in-residency programs for international artists who would like to work and share their experiences with local artists and audiences. Lee Anantawat ‘Granny’ truly believes in the transformative power of art, youthful spirit, and non-hierarchical relationships. She declares: “Art should not be condemned to an isolated or exclusive universe, so our main mission is to advocate for the dynamic and critical role of art in the society. We see the experimentation as a mode of inquiry which is necessary if we are to insist on a constant, probing and generous interaction with reality. If you are having any daring and risk-taking idea, and think we can be helpful, just contact us; as ‘Granny’ with a restless soul I am always available for you”.

*The name “Speedy Grandma” was from an urban ghost legend. A Grandma riding a motorbike in Bangkok was cut in two pieces by a string stretched in a small street. The legend says that if anyone rides too fast in that small street, he will see in his wing mirror the upper half Grandma’s body crawling after his vehicle… As an urban legend can be spread out quickly, the “Speedy Grandma” space aims at popularizing art, and intend to promote a new generation of talented and ambitious artists. The name also reveals the quirky character of the four members team.

Speedy Grandma & Speedy Grandchild, 672/50-52 Soi Charoenkrung 28, Bangrak, Bangkok

Tel: +66811005154 (Jen) / +66921158696 (Thomas)

http://www.speedygrandma.com/

Soy Sauce Factory

Following his steps to develop more art venues in what was then ‘an abandoned part of Chinatown’, Thomas Menard (co-founder of Speedy Grandma) opened Soy Sauce Factory in May 2014, an eclectic art space which operates like a bar gallery on the first floor, an exhibition space on the second floor, and an artist in residence accommodations on the third floor. The interior is bare and industrial, a reminiscence of New York warehouses converted into airy lofts. Upstairs regular exhibitions are often held in collaboration with Most photography agency, lead by Eliseo Barbara.

The recent addition to the venue is a Northern style street food restaurant overlooking the destitute khlong and offering outdoor sittings. Enjoy a strong ‘rhum arrange’ (perfumed rum) while swinging over the canal, home to a couple of giant lizards.

Soy Sauce Factory, Soi 24, Charoenkrung road, Bangkok

Tel: +66(0)61 835 6824 https://www.facebook.com/soysaucefactory

S gallery

A recent addition to Bangkok art galleries, Sofitel Bangkok (Sukhumvit) luxury hotel has launched its own 100-square-meter gallery inspired by French contemporary art and design.

In what was previously Le Bar, S gallery hosts new exhibitions every two months. Curated by MG art design, they feature the works of Thai or French painters, photographers, sculptors and installation artists.

Current exhibition: ‘Out of Curiosity’ by Bruno Tanquerel (June 18th – Sept 6th, 2015)

French artist and architect Bruno Tanquerel’s solo exhibition features his latest contemporary artwork in the style of Paul Klee, with abstract lines that touch upon human relationships.

S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

Tel: +66(0)93-582-6588 http://www.mgartdesign.com/

YenakArt Villa

The latest addition to the burgeoning Bangkok art scene, YenakArt Villa is the second collaboration between Frederic Meyer and Jeremy Opritesco (Namsah Bottling Trust).

Inside a spacious building influenced by the European 1930’s architectural avant-garde and a facade made entirely from glass, facing a 600 square meters garden, the innovative duo created a place “where art could be enjoyed during intimate gatherings, in the presence of the exhibited artist; a place where art is considered as an essential part of a subtle and exciting life-style; a place where art could be experienced together with fine dining, wine tastings and music; a place with a cosy ambience, where all the guests could express their own personalities, in the company of old and new friends.”

The highlight being their bi-monthly exclusive gathering with fine dining paired along with wine in the presence of the artist and music played by a DJ according to the exhibited art works. For each diner, around 15 invitations are sent out to selected individuals, from art collectors, art critics, journalists, key opinion leaders, academics, artists to entrepreneurs, mainly Thai but as well to expats living in Thailand.

Yenarkart Villa is located at 69 Soi Prasat Suk and can be visited only by appointment

Tel. +66(0)2235-9800 email: aie@avrilprod.com.

Photos: courtesy from the galleries unless specified (© photo by Vincent Sung)

URBAN TEMPLATES (contemporary dance performance)

URBAN TEMPLATES

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED contemporary dance performance playing only this weekend

Works by JAMES BATCHELOR & COLLABORATORS and NAVINDA PACHIMSAWAT VADTANAKOVINT (LORDFAI) & COLLABORATORS

URBAN TEMPLATES is a double bill contemporary dance performance by young choreographers James Batchelor and Navinda Pachimsawat Vadtanakovint (Lordfai) examining human interactions within the urban landscape. Working with support from the Australia Thailand Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These two exciting and innovative new works both bring together an exciting mix of Australian and Thai artists working across various arts disciplines.

METASYSTEMS is a new work by award winning Australian choreographer James Batchelor. Documenting the processes taking place at construction sites in Bangkok, METASYSTEMS is an observation of the rapidly evolving urban landscape. 8 Thai and Australian performers and 512 concrete bricks are constructed and assembled in mesmerizing patterns and rhythms. Batchelor is developing METASYSTEMS as part of a 5-week residency in Bangkok with support from the Australia Thailand Institute Artist in Residency Program.

FRACTALS is an integration of dance and architectural installation. It explores the standardized and repetitive patterns in human behaviors, within the safe-zone of social norms that we ourselves created and accept. The work portrays machine-like ways of living, our constant attempt to achieve the perfect standardize form, through the construction of uniform geometrical structures on stage. Navinda is developing FRACTALS alongside collaborating performers, architects and sound designer from Australia and Thailand with the support of Australia-Thailand Institute Grant.

Dates: Friday 19 June 8pm, Saturday 20 June 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 21st June 3pm

Venue: Creative Industries, @ Mtheatre New Petchburi Rd. Bangkok, Thailand 10110 (between the end of Thonglor & Ekkamai)

Ticket Prices: 300 baht (adults)/200 baht (students)

Bookings please contact; creativeindustriesbkk@gmail.com / 086-300-2081 or p.bangkokdance@gmail.com / 086-359-0904

 

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WTF bar gallery

WTF Gallery is half bar (downstairs), half exhibition space (upstairs). Probably the most popular watering hole for the artsy crowd, it also welcomes a wider public, as a quiet oasis near the Ekkamai nightlife scene. In this rugged space, you can actually hold a conversation, and there is no lack of interesting characters to interact with. But it’s not all about boozing and socializing; the gallery regularly throws ambitious and original exhibitions, without taking itself too seriously. WTF, by the way, stands for Wonderful Thai Friendship. Of course.

7 Sukhumvit Soi 51
+6626626246
BTS Sukhumvit Line to Thonglor
Bar:
Daily 7 am to 1 am
Gallery:
Daily 4 pm to 10 pm

Cafe Ice Silom

Combining the best of contemporary Thai art with an eclectic dining menu, guests will be spoiled with choice when paying a visit to Café Ice. Delicacies like the Andaman soft shell crabs and the spareribs will leave your mouth watering. Owner Khun Ice has handpicked the Thai and Chinese-style contemporary furniture, while the paintings adorning the walls are provided by local artists. The cherry on top? All of the artwork is available for purchase.

44/2 Soi Piphat 2
+6626367373
BTS Silom Line to Chong Nonsi
Mon–Sat 11 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm
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Maxine Helfman, “Historical Correction” – photo exhibition

https://www.facebook.com/events/1530706450518036/

Maxine Helfman is a brilliant American artist brimming with an amazing array of thought provoking concepts and shocking interaction of ideas all in one image. This exhibition of Historical Correction is a symbolism of slaves dressing in the garments of their masters.
The collages are of US Presidents, who were all slave owners, in spite of their promoting freedom for all people

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Toot Yung gallery

A contemporary art gallery presenting monthly solo exhibitions from Thai and international artists, the Toot Yung Gallery includes an artist’s residence on the 3rd floor, a work studio on the 2nd, and the gallery itself on the ground floor—essentially a raw concrete open space. Toot Yung aims to make art accessible to a wider public, and to this end, it hosts eclectic events: art talks, open mics, movie nights, and even concerts. Don’t miss the open-air bar in the back: laid-back on normal nights, buzzing upon show openings.

12/6 Ekkamai Soi 2
+6627143766
BTS Sukhumvit Line to Ekkamai
Tue–Sun 11 am to 8 pm

ToineinBangkok

This gallery’s stated mission is “to make you happy”, and it’s hard to hide your grin as you walk around. In Thailand, Buddhist objects are ubiquitous, but here, the collection of faces, busts, and sculptures all are peaceful, pleasing, and quick to bring a smile. There’s a collection of Asian influenced children’s clothing that’s light and practical. Don’t worry about falling in love with everything on display—we’re sure you will—because both the price and the wide selection on offer allows for something for everyone.

2 North Sathorn Road
+6626240070
BTS Silom Line to Sala Daeng or MRT Blue Line to Lumphini
Daily 10.30 am to 11 pm
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