LIVE THE CITY explores how to embed digital art in the urban context and how urban digital art contributes to shaping neighborhoods, networking citizens and creating platforms for visualizing science and technologies.
In opposition to the commercial use of these urban media, the goal of the project is to establish them as platforms for co-creating and shaping the human futures of our digital cities. What are new emerging forms of participation and digital place making?
There is an urgency to pose such questions, especially in Bangkok where a massive growth of media infrastructures and permanent digital advertisements are increasingly defining the urban experience. The project addresses a critical view towards the use of media in the context of the city.
In times of digital communication and smart cities, the communicative potential of the public space is reinterpreted in manifold ways. Urban media environments connect physical space with the digital world and encourages city inhabitants to actively and conjointly reshape the urban space.
The project is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Siam Center and the ESIC Lab of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in cooperation with Connecting Cities and is shown silmutanously in three locations in Bangkok:
THE HIDDEN SOUND OF BANGKOK
By Nithiphat Hoisangthong
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Front Entrance
June 7 to June 28
Water is a key factor for the survival of human beings and all living creatures. Moreover, water management used in consumer products is a critical foundation in building social capital. For the past decades, Thailand has been undergoing a profound change from an agricultural society to an industrial one. The demand for water and high consumption of natural resources has lead to severe pollution of water sources and resource degradation. The geographical location of Bangkok is naturally unsuited to cope efficiently with natural water-related disasters. Water resources in and around Bangkok have been severely damaged through exploitation, increasing population, and inefficient urban planning, leading to an urban sprawl. The relentless expansion of industry and construction projects has had an equally detrimental effect.
The installation seeks to raise awareness of this issue by bringing sources of water in the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre into the consciousness of the public. It invites visitors to engage in a dialogue with water through light and sound.
Nithiphat Hoisangthong was born in Sisaket, Thailand, in 1981. He is Fine Arts instructor at the Faculty of Architecture at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Lat Krabang. He works predominately in mixed-media and installation arts. Nithiphat completed his Masters in Fine Arts at the Silpakorn University, Bangkok, in 2006, with the artist receiving a grant residency from UNESCO at the Civitella Ranieri Center Umbria, Italy, in 2007. He was selected to participate in several international exhibitions such as EVA Experimental Video Art (Thailand-Europe) in 2015, Hiso-Loso at SNO Art Space Melbourne, Australia, in 2015, and the Gwangju Art Vision at Gwangju Biennale Hall, South Korea, in 2014. He now lives and works in Bangkok.
By Jun Ong
Siam Center, First Floor Information
June 7 to June 28
In today’s data-laden world, there is a conflux of information, offline and online. Our voices become convoluted. The installation aims to create an autonomousspace, a physical forum in a public domain where the expression of each voice can be celebrated, as an individual and as a collective. Inspired by the bulletinboard as a local social device, the installation uses artificial light to express an opinion, simultaneously collecting information and conveying mood. Each pixel has three possible light characteristics. Statements are posted wirelessly through the project blog. The result is a visceral gradient of lights that paints the public’s reaction to a specific topic.
Jun Ong was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1988. He works at the intersection of applied arts and fine arts, primarily using light as a medium. Jun completed his Masters in Architecture at the University of Westminster, London in 2014, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne. He recently represented his home country at iLight Marina Bay 2016, Asia’s leading sustainable light festival in Singapore with his first interactive lighting piece, “Bolt” as well as “Star,” a five-storey lighting installation in Penang as part of Urban Xchange 2015. He has also been commissioned by Philips, Osram, Heineken and has presented for Malaysian fashion designers, Khoon Hooi & Joe Chia. He recently co-founded the KL-based architecture studio, POW IDEAS. He now lives and works in Kuala Lumpur.
TALES OF A TREE
By Ekapob Suksudpaisarn, Pannathorn Eawsivigoon, Sutinee Prongmake
Goethe-Institut, Front Garden
June 7 to June 28
The installation aims to critically explore three distinct ideas in parallel: (1) the roles of a tree in an urban setting and its relationship with the routine of city dwellers, (2) the tree as the medium and the message through our interaction with it, and (3) the evolving relationship and integration of human beings with ubiquitous technology and its immersion in our surroundings. Trees are chosen as the protagonists of the project as a result of observations on how Bangkok residents live their routines. Trees are part of the backdrop of people’s routine, just like any other urban furniture, such as lamp posts, benches or telephone booths, which are often forgotten and overlooked. The installation takes this living being as a medium for communication – for the city to communicate with its inhabitants, for the city to tell its stories. Trees then become translators for the city that they reside in.
Play & dance with her.
Whisper her your secrets.
See what happens.
Moe Ekapob Suksudpaisarn is a Thai-American designer/architect. He was born in 1979 in Bangkok, moved to the USA and grew up in Oakland, California. He graduated from Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, London in 2007 with AADipl and ARB/RIBA II. He worked at sea.design in San Francisco, ARUP (Advanced Geometry Unit) in London, Information Based Architecture in Amsterdam, SOM (Digital Design Group and Urban Design and Planning Group) in New York. He’s currently an adjunct professor at Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Architecture, International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA) in Bangkok. He also has his own architectural design and construction practice, AND Co.,Ltd. based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Pannathorn Eawsivigoon was born in Bangkok in 1995. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Architecture, International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA), Bangkok in 2015. She is currently working at AND Co.,Ltd. She is exploring the fabrication of digital design approach through traditional Thai craftsmanship.
Sutinee Prongmake was born in Bangkok in 1994. She graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Architecture, International Program in Design and Architecture (INDA), Bangkok in 2015. She is currently working at AND Co.,Ltd. She is investigating the notion of architectural design approach for urban media art installation and social intervention.
Launch event on June 7 at 2 PM in 5th Floor Auditorium, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, with perspectives on urban media art and talk with artists.