Darayonan Centre of Coron Philippines

Medicine Wheel Video Installation exhibited in Coron Philippines, February 2005.

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North South East West, the New Media Installation, inspired by the traditional knowledge of the Anishinaabe Peoples was shown February 17th 2005 in Coron Philippines at the Darayonan Centre.

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The show was part of a 10 city tour of the Philippines and Taiwan, February 12 to March 7 of 2005, that included presentations at the Tamawan Village Art Gallery Baguio, Ateneo Art Gallery Manila, Darayonan Centre in Coron, and the Kamarikutan Gallery in Puerto Princessa. Check out North-South-East-West Online.

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As well as the show was also exhibited at the University of the Philippines Mindanao Cultural Centre Davao, Regional Education Learning Centre of Cotobato City, Lumad groups of Cotabato City, Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga, Pingdong Aboriginal Cultural Park, Taipei National University of the Art, Taiwan Public Television System, National Donghua University, Aboriginal Art Institute, and the ShunYi Taiwan Aboriginal Museum.

Taipei National University of the Arts

North-South-East-West at Taipei Nat’l University of Arts, Taiwan 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei Taiwan in March 2005.

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The National Institute of the Arts

The National Institute of the Arts was founded in 1982 as an institute of higher learning for the arts. The institute was housed in Luzhou, Taipei County (now New Taipei City), from 1985 until its move in 1991 to its permanent campus in Kuandu, Taipei City. The buildings are designed in a neo-Chinese classical style and house state-of-the-art technology. The Institute was renamed Taipei National University of the Arts in 2001. Aside from the colleges and departments, the university houses the state-of-the-art Music Hall, the Performing Arts Center, including a theater hall and a dance recital hall, the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, a library, an Olympic-size swimming pool, the Center for the Study of Traditional Arts, a computer center, and the Center for the Study of Art and Technology.

Festivals organized by TNUA or using its campus include the Guandu Arts Festival and the Guandu Flower Festival (Guandu Flower Art Festival).

National Donghua University, Hualien Taiwan

North-South-East-West at Nat’l Donghua University, Hualien Taiwan, 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the National Donghua University in Hualien Taiwan in March 2005.

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National Dong Hwa University

The National Dong Hwa University a comprehensive public institution of higher learning in Hualien County, Taiwan. The school serves over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The name Dong Hwa signifies NDHU’s East Asia location while inviting a poetic allusion to the image of flowers. The school colours are green and yellow. The mascot is a native pheasant. The present university results from the 2008 merger of two public institutions: the National Dong Hwa University founded in 1994 (today’s Shoufeng campus in Shoufeng Township), and the National Hualien University of Education founded in 1947 (today’s Meilun campus in Hualien City)

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

The North-South-East-West at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, Taipei Taiwan in March 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines, Taipei Taiwan in March 2005.

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The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines is a museum located just 200 metres diagonally across from the National Palace Museum in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan.

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It houses exhibits relating to the cultures and histories of the Taiwanese aborigines. The aboriginal tribes live mainly in the mountainous east and south of Taiwan and have historically spoken a variety of Austronesian languages, so it was thought important to have a central location in the capital where their cultures could be on display. Both permanent and rotating exhibits are a part of the museum. The museum is notable for its architectural design, featuring a 13.2 x 1.1 metres (43 x 3.6 feet) white granite totem pole at the entrance.

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The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines was established in 1994 as a specialist museum founded on the collection and display of artefacts of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples. It is dedicated to promoting mutual understanding between different ethnic groups, through careful research, preservation and explanation of the essence of Aboriginal cultures. Achievement of these aims of mutual respect and appreciation will help to create a harmonious and gentle society.

The museum was originally based on the donation by its founder and chairman Safe C.F. Lin of his personal collection of Taiwanese Aboriginal artefacts acquired over many years in keeping with his desire to put something back into the community. By sharing his treasures with the whole of society he hoped to contribute to the ideal, “In loving our native place we must cherish each other’s cultures.”

Shung Ye Museum’s main displays introduce the natural environment of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, their daily utensils, clothing and personal decoration, ritual objects and religious life. Films shown in the auditorium provide an understanding of the present conditions of Aboriginal life. The museum also has a special exhibition room where related exhibitions are held at regular intervals to broaden visitor’s field of concern, and to present the many faces of humankind’s culture.

Tamawan Village Gallery, Baguio Philippines

Medicine Wheel Video Installation exhibited in the Tamawan Village Gallery, Baguio Philippines, February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Tamawan Village Art Gallery, Baguio Philippines, February 2005.

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TAM-AWAN Village is a reconstructed Cordillera village showcasing the traditional Ifugao Huts, and Baguio’s art and culture scene. It was established by National Artist BenCab in 1998 together with Chanum Foundation to promote the local Baguio Artists. Tam-awan is a local word which means “vantage point” an apt name for a colony of Cordillera Huts that sit on a hillside that affords visitors a magnificent view of the South China Sea on a clear day. The Chanum Foundation, Inc., started reconstructing Ifugao houses in Baguio with the intention of recreating a native village accessible to those who have not had the opportunity to explore the different parts of the vast Cordillera region in the Philippines, laying the houses out just like a traditional Cordillera village. Tam-awan Village is also a venue for art exhibits, workshops and other activities that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Cordillera people.

 

 

 

 

 

Ateneo de Manila University Art Gallery

North-South-East-West Installation exhibited at Taipei Ateneo de Manila University Art Gallery Philippines, 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Ateneo de Manila University Art Gallery, Manila Philippines in February 2005.

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The Filipino tour included exhibitions and round table discussions at the following locations: Tamawan Village Art Gallery Baguio,  Ateneo Art Gallery Manila, – Darayonan Centre in Coron, Kamarikutan Gallery in Puerto Princessa, University of the Philippines Mindanao Cultural Centre Davao, Regional Education Learning Centre of Cotobato City, Round Table Discussions with Lumad groups in Cotabato City, and Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga

Kamarikutan Gallery Puerto Princessa

North-South-East-West at Kamarikutan Gallery, Puerto Princessa, Philippines February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the Kamarikutan Gallery, Puerto Princessa Philippines February 2005.

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Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri, the hub for visual arts in Palawan and is owned by Dayang Macasaet and her daughters Mabu Conde, and Palawan’s project director for Culture & Arts Dinggot Prieto. Pictured below, Dinggot is pictured at the top of the christmas tree, 127 feet above the ground. Also known as Maria Teodora Conde-Prieto, she is the artist behind the giant Christmas tree that was raised in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

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Prieto, who majored in comparative literature, and philosophy back in college, was a self taught artist. Dinggot Prieto was born and raised in Baguio City, but her mother was a native of Puerto Princesa. Prieto went back to her roots when she decided to migrate back to Palawan in 1990. This act also resulted for Prieto to pursue her art by establishing a cafe-gallery and repository for arts and culture in Puerto Princesa in 1994 called Kamarikutan.

Prieto worked with the national Commission for Culture and the Arts from 2002 to 2008. She was also a member of the executive committee for visual arts. She also joined the provincial government of Palawan as program director for culture and arts, and established the Palawan Culture and Arts Guild together with Governor Joel Reyes.

“We have indigenized the concept of the art gallery,” explains Dinggot, “Our challenge is to find the expression that best represents Palawan. Bacolod has its social realism school, Baguio artists focus on the indigenous, Palawan has only the nature landscapes to distinguish it.”

Over the years, the gallery has been host to hundreds of canvases, sculptures, prints and installations. It has provided the people of Puerto Princesa access to these forms of expression and increased their awareness and created a venue for discussion. The mother-and-daughter team has been awarded for their service to the community. In 1998 they were given the Mayor’s Award for their contribution in preserving Puerto Princesa’s rich cultural beauty.

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The Kamarikutan Gallery covers a hectare of Land planted with Balayong also know as Palawan Cherry, Bamboos and Other Flora endemic to the place. It also becomes a haven of some birds hanging and singing from the branches of trees. Kamarikutan is loosely modelled on a Bahay Kubo ( Nipa hut) made of native materials such as bamboo slots, wood and nipa. In Addition, all tables, chairs and furniture’s are made of native material like hardwood. Kamarikutan is divided into two parts. The higher part is an art gallery of local artist such as painting and artworks. While the lowers is where the café located.

University of the Philippines Mindanao Davao

North-South-East-West at University of the Philippines Davao February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the University of the Philippines Mindanao Cultural Centre, Davao Philippines, February 2005.

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The University of the Philippines Mindanao, also referred to as UPMin or UP Mindanao, has as its main focus of education is Mindanao studies through an affirmative action program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao to attract Muslims and Lumad students.

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LUMAD is a Bisayan term meaning “native” or “indigenous”. It is adopted by a group of 15 from a more than 18 Mindanao ethnic groups in their Cotobato Congress in June 1986 to distinguish them from the other Mindanaons, Moro or Christian. At present, Mindanao Lumads account for 2.1 million out of the total 6.5 million indigenous people nationally. (1993 Census)

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These fifteen Lumads in the Cotobato Congress were the following: Subanen, B’laan, Mandaya, Higaonon, Banwaon, Talaandig, Ubo, Manobo, T’boli, Tiruray, Bagobo, Tagakaolo, Dibabawon, Manguangan, and Mansaka.  They are found in the following towns and cities: Cotobato, Tandag, Dipolog, Kidapawan, Marbel, Tagum, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Malaybalay, Pagadian, Butuan, Surigao, Ozamis,  Ipil, Digos, Mati and Dipolog.

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The presentation was accompanied by The Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland and attended by  Professor Antonio G. Moran Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences , Fritz “Pavitramesh” Balgos an artist and activist, Denis John Sumaylo, Artistic and Managing Director UPMin Kombuyahan, Carlo Figuerao the tour organizer and Public Affairs Officer of the Canadian Embassy of the Philippines , Steven Reault-Kihara Consellor Political/Economic Relations and Public Affairs of the Canadian Embassy of the Philippines and Professor Ricardo M. De Ungria Channcellor.

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Mayor of Davao City – Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte

At the time of the North-South-East-West presentation, Rodrigo Duterte had just been re-elected as mayor in Davao and later would become president of the Philippines. Known for saying things that many would consider unsayable in his quest to fight crime, it is reported that his presidential election speeches contained the following oaths “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I’d kill you…I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.”

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Western Mindanao State University, Philippines

North-South-East-West at Western Mindanao State University Zamboanga, February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga Philippines, February 2005.

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Multi-Media Canadian Ethnic Rites Show in WMSU on February 24; Sutherland To Grace Affair, 10 Feb  2005

A CANADIAN aboriginal artist will recreate North American ethnic rites in their native settings through his self-crafted two- hour multi-media show to be held at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) on Thursday, February 24.

Dubbed as “North, South, East, West version 2.0,” artist Graham Thompson’s show in traveling in eight cities in the Philippines, a Canadian embassy correspondence to WMSU president Dr. Eldigario Gonzales said.

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The media installation is “concerned with enchancing our emotional connection to the earth by creating an immersive audio-visual environment of video monitors, projectors, DVD players, computer workstations, interactive CDROM,” the embassy said.

Canadian ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland will speak during the show.

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Thompson specializes in the use of new media, such as digital computer technology, to artfully discuss native and aboriginal cultures, the embassy added. His trip to Zamboanga is intended to share his North American ethnic culture with Philippine lumads.

“‘In North South East West 2.0’, Thompson tries to recreate the hypnotic environment of (Canadian aboriginal) sweat lodge, by emulating the atmosphere of chanting and repetitive rhythms of the rattles within the darkness of the lodge through the use of multiple monitors and sound tracks with a darkened gallery setting. The repetition of audio-visual themes on overlapping displays engages the audience in a complex environment of sounds and images to provoke a feeling of belongingness and inclusion and a feeling of shared         experience,” the embassy said in elaboration.

The show, it added, “was designed to create a ceremonial experience that permitted self-reflection and examination of one’s life stages and to explore our spiritual and psychological relations to the earth.”

WMSU Public Affairs Director Prof. Ali T. Yacub said the show will be held at the university’s Social Hall at 10 to 12 o’clock, February 24. It is open to the public. (Rey-Luis Banagudos, Public Affairs Office, WMSU)

Thailand 3rd New Media Arts Festival

North-South-East-West at the Thailand 3rd New Media Arts Festival, 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Web Site presented at the Thailand 3rd New Media Arts Festival – MAF05, in Bangkok Thailand. This exhibition of NetArt, curated in June 2005, is an International Summit on Creativity in Multimedia & Communications. The event presents a series of audio-visual programs, performances and presentations that explore the growing interest in electronic arts and new media in Thailand.

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Opening: 25 Jun 2005, the Thailand New Media Arts Festival 2005 is Dedicated to the exchange, innovation and celebration of ideas in the merger of art and technology. The Third Annual Thailand New Media Art Festival 2005 includes a special ‘invitation only’ opening night event at the Playground, 2nd Fl, Sukhumvit 55, Tonglor (next to Thonglor police station) on Saturday, 25th June 2005, 6:00 pm.

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This opening features ikaPika – a live electronic art performance by Curtis Bahn and Tomie Hahn (USA) from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, followed by an interactive live performance by Thai new media artist Mr Jakraphun Thanateeranon starting at 8:00 pm.

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The schedule for the week will include exhibitions at the Playground from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and workshops at the British Council (Siam Square) by visiting artist U-Zone from 3:00 pm – 6 pm on 26-28 June, as well as open-air screening of video-art on ake-A-Look open air screen located at Bangkok Central Word Plaza.

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Thailand New Media Arts Festival by Janine Yasovant a writer from Chiangmai Thailand. Posted on Scene4.

“Art is a way of life for Thais, whether it is traditional mural art, or post-modern installations, art isn’t defined with stereotypes; it’s constantly redefining itself to suit the needs of contemporary Thais.  Art is a reflection of a culture.  And with Thai art it’s a fine balance of traditional art forged with new contemporary ideas, making the local art scene fertile for fecund movements to spring.  ”

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This is what attracted Francis Wittenberger to Thailand in 2002 to establish the New Media Arts Festival as part of the Institute for Cultural Exchange and Computer Arts Thailand (ICECA).  The festival was a three week event spanning March and April 2003.  The timing was perfect because of Thai New Year celebrations with the Songkran festival.  Over 4000 visitors came to the first Media Art Festival at ChiangMai University.

Wittenberger is a Hungarian/Israeli inventor, artist, and musician.  He studied with the St. Petersburg artist Boris Svirsky from 1982 to 1989 and they co-founded the avant-garde electronic noise band SHARMUTA FLYING IN THE MOUNTAINS in 1986. Wittenberger and Svirsky developed the series of PARANOIDICO electro-acoustic synthesizers and transformed the Israeli underground music scene with their performances. Wittenberger eventually left Israel and continued his new media activity in Germany for 8 years, then to Thailand.

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Francis Wittenberger is a good friend of mine and I work for him as a translator. Almost a year before the first festival took place, he came to work in my office behind the Holiday Inn in Chiang Mai.  He needed someone to translate his project papers from English to Thai. At that time I was an instructor in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and taught a seminar for the fourth year students. He needed someone who spoke English and Thai and I began working with him as the Thai director of the festival.

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In an interview with the Bangkok Post,  he outlined his initial work in Chiang Mai and his expectations that Chiang Mai could become a hub for new media art. Strong IT infrastructure, coupled with an Internet culture and a dynamic society to embrace it — most Thai students use email and spend considerable hours surfing the Web at internet cafes — has put Chiang Mai in the front seat of this IT revolution.

Chiang Mai has just been declared Thailand’s IT CITY by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology. A DesignCenter and a SoftwarePark are being developed at ChiangMaiUniversity and a related campus. Both The Design Center and the SoftwarePark will help the development of the local software industry and provide qualified professionals to support local business. This will not only make Northern Thailand famed for its festivals, but also for its technological initiative.

Thailand is openly embracing new media art, a linear extension of contemporary art that combines new technology and lateral thinking, facilitating new meaning from preconceived traditions. The IT revolution is bridging cultural difference and enabling an exchange of traditional ideas that collectively celebrate diversity while pushing the boundaries of art in a modern context.

Media art in Thailand is now at a critical point in its realization. The IT infrastructure is rapidly maturing and facilitating new art expressions, therefore, making new media art an exciting new field for Thais and providing a platform for new ideas for the IT prospect.”

His house was not far from my office, it was a very nice space with a large garden and bamboo fences, and Francis lived there with his Thai girlfriend and a dog. He rented a house for artist friends to plan the festival and he told me that the accommodation sponsor was some foundation for media arts in Berlin. Francis can work under pressure in the land of a thousand smiles. He likes Thailand very much as a place to live and considers the country different from anywhere else in the world.

We eventually set the terms of the ICECA foundation, started its mission in the northern city of Chiang Mai and created the first collaboration with Chiang Mai University’s art museum in early 2002; linking European media artists with a Thai institution. A vision of bridging cultures through new media arts proved successful from the earliest stage and soon this small-scale series of cultural exchange activities turned into an ambitious project: Thailand’s First New Media Art Festival.  Though realized on a shoestring-budget the festival was  successful and initiated a sudden interest in new media in Chiang Mai.

ICECA: Initiative for Cultural Exchange and Computer Arts

The Initiative for Cultural Exchange and Computer Arts is a non-profit foundation formed in 2001 and officially founded in 2002 to promote cultural exchange between Thai artists and new media artists from around the world. Furthermore, we aim to establish the Center for Art and Media (CAM Thailand) as well as a networked, public access New Media Art library. To date, ICECA has organized visits for over 20 artists from Europe,Japan,Israel and Australia, providing accommodation for their stay in Chiang Mai.

At the present time the genre of new media art lacks an established forum in this region and, therefore, ICECA’s main objective is to create a Center for Art and Media and encourage the growth of a supportive environment. ICECA, active for over one year in Chiangmai, regularly conducts free-of-charge workshops and lectures by visiting artists. ICECA is also maintaining its own independent network for international Cultural Exchange.

ICECA is the founder and major organizer of Thailand’s First New Media Festival which took place in Chiang Mai in cooperation with several partner institutions. The Festival is planned to take place annually on the CMU campus and consists of simultaneous exhibitions, conferences, art film screenings and media art workshops.

A special effort will be made to translate all possible material into Thai language and introduce a special Thai glossary of new media art and other technical terms. The library will also include an adaptive indexing system that captures user interaction and uses it to aid other users. After ICECA’s digital library is installed it will be easy to access from any location where high speed internet or local area connectivity is available.

The first New Media Arts Festival took place in 2003 at ChiangMai University.  The festival featured two exhibitions, presentations and workshops with visiting artists.

The Festival took place at three locations at ChiangMai University – CMU Faculty of Fine Arts’ Museum exhibition hall, CMUArt Museum theater and the CMU Faculty of Architecture.  Special video contributions from the following institutions were screened: Academy of Fine Arts Prague, Academy of Media Arts Köln, Experimental Festival, Australia, Audiovisuals Programme, Austria, and MBC Berlin, provided a curated program of recent German Art films

The Thailand New Media Art Festival 2004 aimed to serve the art community by being a platform and a motivator – enabling both Thai and international artists to exchange ideas. We wished to encourage Thai artists in their new media work and provide them with networking opportunities and new channels of communication with foreign artists.

The increasing use of communication technology in Thailand combined with the unique Thai lifestyle and culture creates an excellent environment for new and exciting media art to emerge and fertilize the global art scene.

In 2004 the Festival was hosted by Srinakarinwirot University in Bangkok and was a collaboration with the Imaging Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts SWU, Alliance Française Bangkok, The Goethe Institut Bangkok, The British Council Thailand, The Oddyssee Siam, Banrie Café, and Media Shaker Siam.

The Festival in 2004 hosted works from over 30 countries. The works presented dealt with many topics associated with New Media in all forms. The Festival took place at 7 venues linked by the Bangkok Sky-train (BTS). We welcomed all residents of Bangkok city, its inhabitants, tourists, casual visitors, Thai artists and especially Thai students and teenagers to enjoy a week of contemporary media art events, exhibitions, workshops and intellectual discussion.

Over a dozen visiting artists, media professors, and performers presented their ideas in seminars, workshops, symposia and screenings. Admission to all events was free.

The Thailand New Media Festival 2005 was dedicated to the victims of the tsunami and fostered global solidarity and cultural rebuilding. Alongside international forums, there were performances, screenings and lectures by international visiting artists. The festival was in two sections: during February and June.

The MAF05 in June was planned as a full scale multi-media extravaganza on a scale never seen before in Thailand. The festival drew on the innovations of MAF’s recent annual new media festivals and was especially linked to the first part of MAF05 in February. MAF05 June hosted a full range of lectures, presentations, exhibits, interactive installations, and performances.

MAF05 June’s innovation was the Thai Commissioned New Media Art section – a first in the history of contemporary art in Thailand. Financial grants awarded to young Thai artists support the creation of original media art and this art was highlighted both at this festival and abroad, at partnering arts festivals.

MAF05 June also presented our partnership with international curators as a platform for the exchange of ideas. MAF05 June established exchange links with BananaRAM Festival to offer a selection of multi-user interactive network exhibits: with ArtBots Festival from the USA to bring a selection of art-making-robots to Thailand; and with The IDEA from India to present a show of net-art, digital-imaging, interactive and sound projects.

MAF05 June presented over sixty works submitted to MAF05 but their exhibition was postponed due to the tsunami disaster. These artworks and installations were showcased at MAF05 June in four venues: [MediaArtVenue] Bed SupperClub, [art@bar] British Council of Thailand, [MAF05_screen] Alliance Francaise of Bangkok,Siam Square [CenterPoint] open air giant screen, [Public_Attraction] at Playground! Thong Lor.

MAF05 presented a large array of screenings, lectures, performances, and presentations as well as exhibitions and installations in two separate parts. Over 200 international new media artists from 42 countries presented their cutting edge work on the vital topic of the effect of digital technology on our notions of boundaries.

The festival explored the increasingly available communication technology that is now blurring boundaries between virtual and physical space. Topics included new distinctions of personal privacy, cyberspace communities and biological innovations; literally and metaphorically, “digital skin” is a new term for cross-platform hyper-connective interfacing.

MAF has established a strategic alliance with the Bangkok based media creations company Modern Formulations Co. Ltd. and with the London Development Company Ltd. MAF06 will be the third time MAF works in a joint event production environment with Oxygen Holding’s BED Supperclub and for the fifth time with the new media department at the Czech Academy of Fine Arts, under the supervision of Professor Michael Bielicky.

Our network extends annually to working with local and international institutions such as the British Council Thailand, formerly with the Alliance Francais Bangkok, the Goethe institute, the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and others. During each year’s festival the collaboration extends to working directly with many individual artists, co-curators and various venues to host smaller MAF events across Bangkok.

MAF06 features a new collaboration with the Bangkok non-profit events organizer Dude/Sweet, best known for their fine networking in the local art scene. Dude/Sweet will act as our event promoter.

MAF06-May takes place in Bangkok at several locations, among which are some well known venues, and indoor and outdoor public screens. Confirmed venues include: BED Supperclub with exhibitions, performances and an opening party. HOF Art Gallery with an exhibition and closing party. Chulalongkorn University with workshops and special presentations.

In May 2006, MAF06 will present the first part of the festival with a series of audio-visual programs, performances and presentations that explore the growing interest in electronic arts and new media in Thailand since we first organized MAF.

For those who see MAF as the window into which they can view the development of new media in the region, we send the message that “new media is here to stay”. MAF is exploring the opportunity of setting up a permanent not-for-profit Center for Arts and Media in the heart ofBangkok. In recent years, Bangkok has experienced a dramatic increase in interest because of the developing range of new media arts and creative design taking place in the city.