Exhibition: Another Brick in the Wall

“Another Brick in The Wall” problematises the notion of a classroom to enable an opening for a continuing discourse on intellectual emancipation. Borrowed from Pink Floyd’s 1979 single, this exhibition also provisionally interrupts the authority of a classroom as a space for the transformative development of an individual in a society – by questioning its crucial role in providing rigorous education, especially the imposed acquisition of a dominant ideological narrative such as nationalism and national identity.

Notes on Bangkok Research: First Week

The following list categorized into days and divided into weeks are brief accounts of my twenty-one days fieldwork in Bangkok. This is the first half of my brief accounts, it contains both reflection and observation of my short encounters with various people in the city especially the continuous negotiations with people behind the project who initiated this research. It’s a research that aims to bring people together from different artistic practices and activism in Bangkok, however, some of us are foreigners from different parts of Asia bringing with us our outsider position in the local realm. Thus, this mix of different people, culture, perspectives – as far as the project initiator is concerned – will hopefully come together in a dialogue and work together horizontally, not only amongst ourselves but also with the public for the upcoming exhibition in August.

What is Postmedia?

To explain the concept of Postmedia in a dictionary form, which Felix Guattari first coined in the 90s, is quite a convenient option. However, there’s a danger that some important details that make up its complexity might impair the significance and meaning behind the concept. From this awareness, I thought of approaching the concept from…

My Notes on Culture and Politics by Sociologist Yoshitaka Mouri: Looking back from the development of protest in 21st century Japan

From my understanding, this ambivalent characteristics of a neoliberal worker represented by the Freeter carry with them a certain ambiguity that is difficult for classical Marxists to describe as a proletarian class. Mouri even furthered that Freeters are no more than a petite-bourgeois in advanced capitalist society. That is why he is hesitant to define Freeter as a part of Multitude(s) – a concept that Hardt and Negri introduced in their analysis of post-industrial global society defining ambiguously a new type of workers who produces immaterial labor.

Fieldwork #3: Pepe’s Dish

A set of Sashimi/Sushi and a choice of tempura vegetables (deep fried vegetables with tempura crumbs) are the common dishes. Additionally, he serves grilled shellfish, which I usually order. His menu is so very basic that sometimes I wonder if Pepe consciously emulates Neolithic food diet – a pre-agriculture diet of raw fish and grilled edible stuff famous among maritime cultures in Southeast Asia.