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THAITAI : A measure of Understanding

Stage 2 – Taipei 2013

2013/12/07(SAT) 2:00pm~ 2014/02/08(SAT) 6:00pm
URS21 Chung Shan Creative Hub ( No. 21, Sec. 1, Minsheng E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei, TAIWAN)
*Opening 2013/12/07 2:00pm~6:30pm
*Opening Performance
Preeyachanok Ketsuwan+ Klesges、LIN Chi Wei、Rachan Komklieng + LEE Jin Yang
The similarities in the English spelling of Taiwan and Thailand always make people who are not familiar with geography or history confused. However, what is the real difference between these two countries in arts and the culture? The exhibition “ThaiTai: A Measure of Understanding” that is taken place at URS21 Chung Shan Creative Hub, Taipei, Taiwan from 7th December 2013 presents up to 30 contemporary artists’ works from both Taiwan and Thailand. This exhibition is curated by Open- Contemporary Art Center (Taiwan) and duo artists jiandyin (Thailand) under ThaiTai project. It focuses on two stages of dialogue which were developed by the site- specific works during Artist Residency in Taiwan and Thailand respectively. At the first stage, Open-Contemporary Art Center formally stationed their space in Bangkok, realizing through a partnership with jiandyin, Thailand for half year to organize art related/residency programs, a hub for Taiwanese artist to research and developed their work and subsequently the ThaiTai project was organized the first stage exhibition in Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in the latter last year; in this year, the project was moved to Taiwan and expanded its scale as the second stage. Therefore, Thai artists, one after another, came to participate in residency programs and to create their own site-specific works in Taiwan. This exhibition includes variety of works such as video installation, documentation, photography, sculpture, documentaries and others. As the name “ThaiTai : A Measure of Understanding” implies, it explores how artists understand each other’s local culture, history and other issues by their creation under the region, language, and social atmosphere.
ThaiTai project’s major support institutions: National Culture and Arts Foundation, Asian Cultural Council (NY) และ JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture
CHOU Yu Cheng、Sutthirat Supaparinya、Suwicha and Kritsada Dussadeewanich、YEH Wei Li、LIN Chi Wei、Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch、HSU Jia Jan、Thaweesak Srithongdee、jiandyin (Jiradej and Pornpilai Meemalai)、CHIU Chao Tsai、HUANG Chuen Chen + LIU Yu Cheng + LIU Yu Chiao、Jakrawal Nilthamrong、Kaensan Rattanasomrerk、CHI New York、Rachan Komklieng、LO Shih Tung、WU Chien Hsing、Preeyachanok Ketsuwan、Sakarin Krue-On、FAN Hsiao Lan、LIU Ho Jang、Suporn Shoosongdej、CHEN Chia Jen、CHANG En Man、HSU Chia Wei、LEE Jo Mei、CHIU Chen Hung、SHIH Pei Chun、Alex Face
Art Projects
1) HCE Project by LO Shih Tung + 2nd year students, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of Fashion, Textile and Garment Design, Thammasat University
2) The Overlapping Condition : A Dangerous Boundary and Imagination by jiandyin + Department of Art and Design, Yuan Ze University, YZU Creative Art Workshop by jiandyin + 2nd & 3rd year students
3) ติดศิลป์บนราชบุรี 2 : We Are the City curated by Suraporn Lertwongpaitoon
The Society: Wave 3.5 – Growing Rice Out of the Field by Sakarin Krue-On
Exhibition Time
December 7, 2013 – February 8, 2014
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00~18:00
Close day: Every Monday & Chinese New Year (2014/01/30~2014/02/03)
Press Contact Person
LEE Jo-Mei
+886 9889-4-7879

Exhibition Team

策展人Curatorial Team: Open-Contemporary Art Center (OCAC), jiandyin (Pornpilai and Jiradej Meemalai)

Project Directors: HSU, Chia Wei,許家維, LO Shih Tung羅仕東, jiandyin (Pornpilai and Jiradej Meemalai)

Project managers: 李若玫 Lee Jo Mei, Soifa Saenkhamkon

Project coordinators: Krynkana Kongpetch

Exhibition Assistants: Siwakorn Tesabumrung, Kaensan Rattanasomrerk

Exhibition Design:SHIH Pei Chun施佩君, CHOU Cheng Hung邱承宏

Install Organizer:SHIH Pei Chun施佩君

Exhibition Production Team:千鳥有限公司A Thousand Bird Ltd. Co.

Academic Assistant:CHEN Chia Jen 陳嘉壬

Visual Designer:LO Shih Tung羅仕東, SHIH Pei Chun施佩君

Accountants:LEE Jo Mei, Pornpilai Meemalai

Documentary Production:Lane 216, East

Symposium organizer: Esther LU呂岱如

Artist talk host: WU Mu Ching吳牧青, LO Shih Tung羅仕東

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Stage 1- Bangkok

Exhibition period: November 22, 2012 – February 3, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 22 18:00

“THAITAI: A Measure of Understanding” is an artists run project by OCAC (Taiwan) and duo artists jiandyin (Thailand), a contemporary art project independently initiated for the first time between Thai and Taiwanese artists. The two-stage spine of dialogue is the works of the two countries’ artists created locally and overseas. The first stage began in Bangkok Art and Culture Centre in late 2012 and follow by 2nd stage in Taipei, in December 2013. In all, 10 Taiwanese and 10 Thai artists will collaborate, exhibit, and extend the activities such as forum at Chulalongkorn University; performance, and workshop to the Art Centre of Silpakorn University and OCAC Bangkok. The second stage will operate in Taiwan in 2013.

The Thailand/Taiwan contemporary art project focuses on the cross-culture experience of contemporary art, and the possible solution for it to substitute Western perspective. Contemporary art has paved us a way to intervene geopolitics. Not only is it able to stay independent from the reality, but also possesses the characteristic to infiltrate. This flexibility fittingly compensates the regional division within the discourse of anti-globalization and facilitates the regional localized aestheticization. When foreign culture has become brand names and presents itself as such in art market, culture experience and the integrity of art practice has been simplified as mere icons and pictures, and the details are lost in the process. From this standpoint, “THAITAI: A Measure of Understanding” poses questions and attempts to zero in on the irreducible interpersonal/ social experiences. Through transnational conversation and local practice, we would like to discuss how to annotate a scenario of artistic local communication as well as how to restore the complexity of art practice as communicative experiences.

The duo artists jiandyin from Thailand has been conducting this year-long conversation about the project with OCAC. In August 2012, OCAC, through partnership with jiandyin, relocated the their space in Bangkok for a six-month residency program for Taiwanese artists. The project tried to pay attention to the topic of cultural similarities and differences by inviting artists to participate discussions and work locally in order to imagine a work of remapping between Taiwan and Thailand. Furthermore, it can thus place the work on the opposite side of global art discourse.

Note: OCAC was founded since 2001. It is a group operated autonomously by artists in Taiwan. It has dedicated itself to curating, interdisciplinary communication, and promoting contemporary art. “THAITAI: A Measure of Understanding” is the 12th project of the OCAC Curatorial Series. The goal is to continue OCAC’s reflection on its negotiation with art and the public.

Press Contact

CHEN Szu Han(Chinese, English)

+66 86 797 0884;,

Penwadee Nophaket Manont (Thai)

+66 84 709 3440;

Jiradej and Pornpilai Meemalai (Thai)

+66 81 587 5715;

2012.11.22 – 2013. 2. 3


7th floor, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Press Conference
16:00 2012. 11. 22

Curators and Artists Walk

16:45 2012. 11. 22

Opening Reception
18:00 2012. 11. 22

Special Performance

Lin Chi-Wei


Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC), jiandyin (Jiradej and Pornpilai Meemalai)


Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Art Centre of Silpakorn University

Curatorial Team

Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC), jiandyin (Jiradej and Pornpilai Meemalai)

Exhibition Artists

Taiwan Artists/


CHIU Chao Tsai

CHIU Chen Hung

CHOU Yu Cheng

FAN Hsiao Lan

HSU Chia Wei

LIN Chi Wei

LIU Ho Jang

LO Shih Tung

YEH Wei Li


Thai artists/

Suwicha and Kritsada Dussadeewanich

Preeyachanok Ketsuwan

Jakrawal Nilthamrong

Sakarin Krue-On

jiandyin (Pornpilai, Jiradej Meemalai)

Suporn Shoosongdej

Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch

Sutthirat Supaparinya

Thaweesak Srithongdee

Location: Dept of Industrial Design, Chulalongkorn University
Time: Saturday, November 24th, 2012
1-3pm | A Measure of Understanding
3.30-5.30pm |What’s Next Trans
6-8pm | From External to Internal: The Relationship Between Alternative Space and Local Community, presentation

Project Initiators: jiandyin, HSU Chia Wei, LIU Ho Jang
Curatorial Team: Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC), jiandyin (Jiradej and Pornpilai Meemalai)
Organizers: Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC), jiandyin (Jiradej and Pornpilai Meemalai)
Co-organizers: Bangkok Art and Cultural Center (BACC), Art Centre of Silpakorn University (November 2012 – February 2013)
Project manager: Chen Szu Han, Penwadee Nophaket Manont
Adviser: Asst. Prof. Sutee Kunavichayanont
Grants and Sponsors: Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; Cultural Affairs Department, New Taipei City Government; National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan; ACER; Asian Cultural Council New York, TEMCO TKS Chemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. SONY; TOSHIBA

Residency program partners: Treasure Hill Artist Village, The Bamboo Curtain Studios and Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphics, Silpakorn University (2013-2014)

Media Partners: Fine Art magazine, art4d magazine, ARTITUDE

Special thanks to: The Jim Thompson Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Krungkasem Srikrung Hotel

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OCAC (Open Contemporary Art Center) Bangkok project, August 2012 – February 2013, Bangkok Thailand

The OCAC Bangkok project is a 6-month platform that jiandyin and OCAC co-organized and co-curated programs in August 2012-February 2013. The platform included salons or talk program that invited local and international artists to join, a 6-month residency program for Taiwanese artists who participated in THAITAI project and other artists and 3 stages in-house exhibitions.

【OCAC Bangkok) Stage 1

Stage#2 ENG

OCAC Bangkok’s Salon programs:


Salon #2_ENG

Co-curate project:

The Metro-Sapiens: Dialogue in the Cave, an exhibition held in Chom Pon cave, Ratchaburi Thailand, curated by Sakarin Krue-On and jiandyin. The project turned a prehistoric venue into a contemporary art space aimed at facilitating dialogue within a community. The project invited over 20 international artists to utilize Chom Pon Cave in Ratchaburi, Thailand as a temporary art venue, discusses his motivations behind the exhibition, the challenges one encounters when a cave is exhibition space and how dialogue with a community was successfully given voice within the cave’s walls. – See more at:

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Cave project_Title and Concept

Article by brian Curtin, Bangkok Post, April 17, 2013

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