Thai Artists at FAB! festival 2012: “Mindfulness” สติ

My friend will be performing at the Fab Festival this coming Saturday. Here is the detail of the event. Overall, I just like the concept of mindfulness as translated in Thai(Buddhist term that is) as Sa-ti. However, I am in the state of “mindlessness” at this point into the semester. =D

The pictures look good. Go check out her performance!

FAB festival @ East 4th St (bt 2nd Ave & Bowery) free event!!! This Sat 09/22/12;1-5pm
The entire block will be closed to traffic and filled with visual art, dance, theater, and music on multiple stages.

Siras’ performance will be around 3 pm.

“Mindfulness”
Choreographic collaboration and Performance
Siras Nitithatsanakul
Ching-i Chang
Ari Someya
Gessica Paperini

Music: Andrew Seagle
Costume Design: Duangkamol Bunyarittongchai
Mask Design: Sarasin Chatwichitkoon

For more info: Locating the Sacred at FAB! 

A Conversation with Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Pen-ek Ratanaruang at Asia Society

Going to the talk today was really rejuvenating. Both Apichatpong and Pen-ek were candid and entertaining, so much that everyone was laughing very hard. (I personally think that both directors seem more approachable in person than watching their movies.)  The talk also mentioned the banning of the movie Insect in the Backyard, which is now in the appealing process in Thailand. This is the first Thai movie that is appealing the banning decision of the Ministry of Culture by taking the case to court. (If you want to help the director with the funding to fight for the case, check this facebook page.)  I also just learned from the talk today that the movie rating system was introduced to Thailand only back in 2008. Apichatpong shared anecdote of when he had to cut the scene where a monk was playing a guitar. Apparently the bottom line is that  if you have a pure violence without any association to religion (Buddhism, that is), the monarchy, and prominent professions (doctor, nurse, police, etc.) then you are not in trouble with the censorship committee.  One thing Pen-ek said that struck me as being so true in Thai movies was violence was okay, adultery was okay, but not penis.

Before this blog turns into a blog on Thai movie, if you want to practice Thai, you may want to check out The Last Life in the Universe .

Pen-ek at TAA event Sunday May 15, 2011

Apichatpong and Pen-ek at Asia Society event May 14, 2011