highschool workshops

The highschool workshops took place earlier this week. The students are on term break so I really appreciated them taking the time to come out to Rumpueng to spend with me. The original plan was to do a mapping of place through texture and object collections but because of workshop timing, it would be dark out.

We explored our vision of place instead, contrasting how other people like visitors or tourists perceive our city/home and how we would choose to convey it. As a fan of mail and Chiang Mai being a popular holiday destination, the postcard format was used.

What is it that we value and find meaningful in the place we call home?

We looked at typical Chiang Mai and Thailand postcards depicting wats, monks, tuk-tuks, elephants and developed ideas for our own set of cards sharing what we would like other people to see and know. Here are a few of the pieces.

Our second evening was spent exploring different book structures and how the tetra-tetra flexagon could be used. Ideas ranged from depicting changing feelings to a children’s story to the elements earth, wind, fire, water.

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I haven’t learned much Thai yet and English was limited but these two evenings we were still able to share and learn from each other. I’m continually amazed at how people communicate and especially how art can give us a voice in so many ways.

dogs i know

These are finally heading out in the post. I don’t know many dogs which made for a quick series. Much prefer other people’s furry companions.

when i go forwards

you go backwards and somewhere we will meet.

                                                          –radiohead

That’s listening from both ends when you stumble upon a podcast well on its way. Meeting will take place around episode 57 I reckon. Going forwards is much easier.

Things you want to know but didn’t know you wanted to know.  99% Invisible is just brilliant. Fascinating things in this world of ours just waiting to have their story told.

It was the podcast on Kowloon Walled City that caught my eye. We used to live in proximity to it and mum would tell stories from her childhood…about not wanting to but having to wander into the maze to deliver sewing for my grandmother. This, after hiking over a mountain or two to get there, and then again to return home.

Favourite episodes thus far:

13-Maps, they don’t love you like I love you.

Infinite City is a piece of art. Not the ideal book for commuting with so slowly and sporadically reading my way through it. Beautiful maps and beautiful words telling the stories of SF.

 

28-Movie Title Sequences 

Such potential for being the best part of a movie and definitely sets the tone for what follows. It is being added to the on-going list at school of Art Jobs We Now Know We Can Have.

 

47-US Postal Service Stamps 

I like that stamps give you an option of being thoughtful with it if you choose. Tiny works of art that complete a piece of mail. Am equally fond of postmarks and postboxes. And so I have to say the National Postal Museum is a pretty awesome place. But then again, I think post offices themselves are pretty amazing too. Like the Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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or the Nsawam Post Office, Ghana.

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Which brings me to the fine little tune that concludes podcast 47–the work song, by Ghanaian postal workers at the University of Ghana.

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I had to rewind, if that’s even what it’s still called, and make sure I heard it correctly. Yes, Ghanaian.

Go check out the genius that is 99% Invisible.