Bangkok Khlong Toey Fresh Market, photo by Rammy Narula

Bangkok

Curartistry

The AA school in Bangkok will work through the category of CURARTISTRY. We take this to be a practice in which particular elements of a city can be researched and recorded in drawing, photography and models. These records lead to the proposal of projects, whether artistic, architectural or otherwise crafted. Its existence as a project, rather than as a finished artwork or artefact, is what lends the project criteria for judging it. One way of thinking about it is that it generalises some of the procedures of architects to other arts and practices of making. There will be a final jury in which there will be a discussion of each project and the value of this technique of work. 

Bangkok itself is the object of the School’s work. We are choosing about ten things which students can work on. They are objects, events, and places which seem to us to speak a visual and urban language which is that of Bangkok. Students of the School will visit the object, recording it in various ways, of returning to the studio and working there to develop a project from this research and subjective response. Each object will be ‘attached’ to a teacher who will help students to understand the object in more local detail. 


The school will be physically based on a site in Bangkok known as the Jam Factory, a site which has a restaurant, galleries and working spaces. The owner, Duangrit Bunnag, is a graduate of the AA and he will be participating in the school. The school will be organised by Chittawadi Chitrabongs and Jing Rakpanya. Both of them are graduates of the AA where Chittawadi gained a PhD and Jing gained an MA in History and Critical Thinking. They are joined by Mark Cousins, Director of History and Theory at the AA and ex-Visiting Professor at Columbia University. We are also pleased to welcome Rammy Narula a photographer of Bangkok Railway Station Hua Lamphong “Platform 10”. He will join our public programme. The list of our proposed objects can be seen below.

1. Nightingale Olympics Department Store
2. Sampeng Market
3. Khlong Toey Fresh Market
4. Hua Lamphong, Bangkok Railway Station
5. Wat Arun, The Temple of Dawn
6. Wat Pho, The Temple of Reclining Buddha
7. Yaowarat Road, Bangkok’s China Town
8. Wat Hua Lamphong, also known as Bangkok Temple Coffin

Applications

1.You can apply by completing the online application through the AA Visiting School page under 'Links and Downloads'. If you are not able to make an online application, please email visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2.Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
3.All participants travelling from abroad who requires visa to enter Thailand are advised to contract their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

Fees

The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. If you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at: https://www.aaschool.ac.uk/MEMBERSHIP/JOIN/becomeamember.php

Fees do not include flights or accommodation. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

Contacts

Programme Directors
Mark Cousins, director of History and Theory at the AA.
Jing Rakpanya
Chittawadi Chitrabongs

Tutors
Nattapong Phattanagosai
Donlaporn Chanachai

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782
visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk


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