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2020



December 2020

Virtual Publication - 16 Days of Activism




 Check out the 2020 Gender Equality Dispatch designed by our amazing Communications Coordinator Tara!

From November 2020 through March 2021, Creative Migration introduced collaborative and creative work from UNDP Asia-Pacific in order to start conversations, shift perspectives and inspire action!

To amplify the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we designed the 2020 Gender Equality Dispatch.

It’s more relevant than ever to develop creative solutions to collective trauma. Art and culture help us work through these issues in the most innovative and universal ways. A good example is a community-driven pilot program in Bhutan (p. 22) that tackles unhealthy social norms, attitudes and behavior that lead to Gender-Based Violence (or GBV). These sessions provide a safe space for teenagers to express themselves frankly and freely, in order to work through a myriad of pressures and issues. In short, this art + social practice approach provides this new generation of future leaders the time and space to acquire new skills in order to build a life free from violence and inequality.


November 2020

N-Peace Short Films- Featured Projects


Creative Migration was an amplification partner of N-Peace to share interesting stories of women pushing back against gender inequality. This includes deconstructing societal norms like toxic masculinity that only create more polarization.

N-Peace is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) flagship initiative founded in 2010 to commemorate a decade of UNSCR 1325 implementation via the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Currently unique to the Asia-Pacific region, N-Peace or “Engage for Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment” operates in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines and Nepal, with the goal of implementing UNSCR 1325, and enhancing the role of women in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.


#OrangeTheWorld  #16Days  #GenerationEquality



Accountability Lab – Nepal

Film School for Women: Training and supporting young women in filmmaking and visual storytelling on accountability and good governance issues. The team ran fellowship applications for the Gender, Peace and Accountability Edition of the school – made possible by the N-Peace grant won by the Lab in October 2019. Nepal has a progressive legal framework for the protection of women’s rights which aims to create an enabling environment for gender equality.
The Accountability Lab was founded in early 2012 as an effort to work with young people to develop new ideas for accountability, transparency and open government. It has evolved into a global network of local Accountability Labs that are finding new ways to shift societal norms, solve intractable challenges and build “unlikely networks” for change.

Period: A State of Purity depicts how nuns in Nepal are breaking past the shame placed upon them for menstruation. This stigma perpetuates violence against women. The denial of this essential part of the cycle of life, contributes to the ongoing systematic dehumanization of people born female. The more that we normalize female sexual and reproductive health, the more we evolve into an enlightened society.

Underneath Section 193 follows two women as they build a friendship after both surviving acid-attacks. As they support each other’s healing process, they start taking on the legal system to prevent future attacks and to protect existing survivors. They make themselves visible in order to create societal change.

The above N-Peace short films align with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, Human Rights Day.

July 29, 2020

Collective Resiliency Summit




Creative Migration is honored to partner with Women of Color Collective in Sustainability (WOC/CS)  for the first-ever Collective Resiliency Summit.

On July 31, this full-day virtual summit will bring together leaders, changemakers and pioneers who are creating a future of sustainable industries and a climate movement that is inclusive, equitable and reimagines the relationship between people and planet.

Women of Color professionals and experts convened to talk about what it looks like to solve critical challenges in order to create a greener world.

RSVP here!







June 5, 2020

Art Supplies Wanted: Art Relief Kits




Help make our world a little more colorful!


We’re asking for donations of coloring pencils, markers, crayons and drawing paper for the month of June. The donations will then be packed into Art Relief Kits along with a specially designed coloring book that will be distributed to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds. We hope to bring something fun and engaging to these kids – and to give them an opportunity to participate in a city-wide contest – where they will get to see their works online and win prizes.

Drop-off/delivery information:
Bangkok 1899
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Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM
More info: abigail@creativemigration.org




May 12, 2020

Unnatural Language: Bangkok 1899



We invite you to come experience and shape a temporary “normal” for installation art as an international, virtual exhibition with sound installation.
Click here for the FB event!

9pm – midnight PST (May 15th)
11am – 2pm ICT (May 16th)

Exhibition Guide



Join us online for the final exhibition of Bangkok 1899's first new media resident Scott Kildall, who will unveil a site-specific audio installation called “Unnatural Language: Bangkok 1899,” curated by Jennifer Katanyoutanant. This installation turns tangible, everyday ecological distress into an immediate and personal experience.

Audiences from around the world will be able to join us for a live, multi channel experience that re-imagines interactive sound installations in a fully digital format. In this international Zoom exhibition, we will host three separate rooms for the audience to see and hear Unnatural Language – which will be hosted from two different locations, Scott’s home in San Francisco and Bangkok 1899. Check above to join a virtual guided tour led by Scott himself. Each tour will conclude with a Q&A moderated by the curator.

This artwork activates the entire Bangkok 1899 outdoor space by placing electronic sensors that dynamically mix recordings of Bangkok to create a unique audio synthesized soundscape from eight different sculptures interspersed throughout the space.

The sensors include air quality, noise pollution, water quality and soil health in compost bins. Each one uses recordings of Bangkok’s most recognizable noises to modulate local audio synthesizers. The result is an ever-changing data-driven spatialized audio soundscape.

The sculptures themselves reflect Bangkok’s reuse economy, using reclaimed wood, recycling auto parts from the Sieng Keng Zone, scavenged plastic and stencils of climate change effects in Bangkok.

InsightPact is partnering with Bangkok 1899 on this virtual program. They create spaces for citizens and organizations to tackle humanity’s biggest challenges. In 2020, InsightPact is providing support to nonprofits who want to take their events and meetings online in an impactful and interactive way.

Scott Kildall is a San Francisco based artist and educator, who is visiting Bangkok 1899 for the month of March for this special project. During this time, he collaborated with local reuse organizations such as Precious Plastic Bangkok, SOS and local woodworker (Nanu Youttananukorn) to uphold Bangkok’s traditional woodworking techniques.

Jennifer Katanyoutanant is an artist and curator exploring social practice through digital mediums such as interactive web, virtual and augmented reality.







March 19, 2020

COVID-19




Dear friends,

These are challenging times to navigate, and Creative Migration would like to extend our best wishes to you, your families and your communities. It is our priority to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep everyone safe and healthy.  
During the closure, our staff will work both on-site and remotely. We are being proactive by regularly disinfecting our facilities, ensuring that we meet World Health Organization guidelines. Our physical space is temporarily closed to the public.  

To everyone’s delight, there is regular food delivery from Na Café! Our new Thai homestyle menu by Chef Nu is  amazing. Please order through the following methods:


And back by popular demand, chef-in-residence Santiago will start cooking some of your favorite Peruvian dishes once more – stay tuned!

We are ALL in this together! Keepin' it real with Team Na - owners Him & Saks with chefs Nu & Santiago.
We are ALL in this together! Keepin' it real with Team Na - owners Him & Saks with chefs Nu & Santiago.


Stay tuned for our upcoming virtual program! Our current resident artist, Scott Kildall, departed early to return home to San Francisco this week. We are planning an online happening in April - details TBA!

Furthermore, we are open to virtual collaborations and ideas! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. And, we will post regular updates and digital content for all our future, responsible #socialdistancing activities.  

We are truly grateful for all the support over the years. Our goal is to be a source of hope and inspiration during these difficult times.

Thank you,
Susannah Tantemsapya
Founder & Executive Director
Creative Migration // Bangkok 1899




March 2, 2020

Happy Hour with New Media Artist: Scott Kildall





Join us for meet and greet with our new resident, Scott Kildall, a San Francisco-based new media artist who will be building a site-specific installation called Unnatural Language. The Happy Hour will be on March 6, 18.30-21.30 at Bangkok 1899.  

Unnatural Language is a network of electronic organisms (“Datapods”) that create sonic improvisations from physical sensors in the natural environment. Each Datapod has custom electronics connected to sensors, a speaker, and a wireless network. The sensed data, for example from electrodes that measure the subtle electrical variations in the leaves of plants, is transformed into a unique synthesized sound. Encased in sculptural materials (natural fiber, leather, leaves, etc) and dispersed into a natural environment, the Datapods enter into a sonic dialogue with the existing ecosystem of plants and animals.

During his one-month residency in Bangkok, Scott will be building custom sensors and creating sculptural works that reflect the reuse economy of Bangkok and transform measurements of air quality, water quality and noise pollution to a spatialized dynamic audio composition.

Come have drinks, check out his work, and meet other Bangkok-based artists working with technology on March 6, 2020 from 18.30 onwards at Bangkok 1899.

Food and drink available for purchase at Na Café.





 
February 10, 2020

Free Mini Seminar on Sustainable Filmmaking


.Creative Migration and The 60 Second Film Festival are teaming up to offer local filmmakers the information, resources and tools necessary to incorporate sustainable practices into their work.

We will join The 60 Second Film Festival event on February 28th 2020 at 19:00 and 20:15, to give a series of short and informative talks on sustainable practices in filmmaking. Look for us on the 2nd floor at Whiteline | Silom 8, on that day!

The 60 Second Film Festival

WHAT IS IT?
The 60 Second Film Festival is a fun collaborative film festival event. This event encourages the local and international film community to create short films, a minute long or less (including titles and credits). The 60 Second Film Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your skills and creativity.

WHEN IS IT?
February 28, 2020 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM @ Whiteline on Silom Soi 8 in Bangkok.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
Submit your film by February 20th, 2020 here.
Any subject, any theme, any style. All films must be 60 seconds long or less (including credits).

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE?
  1. To get your work seen by respected professionals in this field, and appreciated by an audience of passionate film lovers.
  2. Awesome prizes! 
The 60 Second Film Festival is offering prizes in the following categories:

  • BEST FILM: 20,000 THB
Any subject, any style, all films are considered.
  • BEST FILM about our ENVIRONMENT: 20,000 THB
Our air is polluted, the world is getting hotter, water levels are rising. Address these, or any other pressing environmental or sustainability issue in the form of a short documentary, science fiction, comedy, or any other conceivable style. Your film will be considered for this prize.
  • Mbrella Films Award for BEST DIRECTOR
Any subject, any style, all films are considered. The winner receives absolutely amazing production package from Mbrella Films. Find more information about this prize here. 
  • The Mr Black Darkest FILM AWARD
Supported by Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur. Includes a Mr Black t-shirt and a bottle of Mr Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur.
  • SUSTAINABLE FILMMAKING CHALLENGE!
Supported by Creative Migration. Learn more below.

WANT TO WORK SUSTAINABLY?
Want to contribute to positive change in the filmmaking industry? Join the SUSTAINABLE FILMMAKING CHALLENGE! Have your work reviewed and recognized by leaders in the field of sustainable filmmaking! Filmmakers are required to incorporate at least 8 sustainable methods of production outlined below. They must share about their production process in real time through 60 Second Film Festival’s social media channels. Creative Migration will invite participants who meet this challenge to share their work with an audience of experts and industry professionals for a special screening at Bangkok 1899. One prize winner will be paired with a sustainability expert and film industry professional to mentor them for their next production in order to make it as sustainable as possible. Inspired by our past experience with Project Green (Nomad Films/ Global Action Plan Sweden), sustainable methods of production (AT LEAST EIGHT (8), chosen from the provided list):

Pre-Production
  • Production meetings will be held locally and will be accessible via all modes of transport
  • Communication between production staff/crew will be via e-mail and online forums/documents, as well as via telephones
  • All accounting/administrative paperwork will be done online; printing will be kept to a minimum
  • Pre-production office/headquarters should have recycling bins available and staff encouraged to bring their own reusable containers


Production
Location
If possible, shoot at a location that is easily accessible via bus, train, bike, foot and/or car.
  • Regardless of where the set is – middle of the desert vs. a busy city street – be mindful of the production’s impact on the environment and avoid damaging the surroundings with production-related activities.
  • Make sure to remove all equipment and remnants from production – leave NOTHING behind after production. This includes used tape for lighting, grease spills, gum wrappers, cigarette butts, etc.

Transportation/Travel
  • Vehicles used throughout production should be electric or hybrid; absolutely no SUVs or diesel trucks permitted on sustainable sets or for use in-between locations If air transport is necessary, all shipments and/or flights should be combined to minimize the number of planes necessary for transport. Arrival/departure times should be arranged to minimize car trips to airport, train station or bus station

Equipment
  • Memory: P2 cards should be used when possible, and all data should be captured to external hard drives for memory storage. If film/tape stock is necessary filmmakers should capture footage nightly and reuse tape throughout production.
  • Audio: memory cards, as opposed to tape, will be used to capture audio
  • Lighting: Use of natural light when possible and/or battery powered lighting devices and/or solar powered lighting. All lighting, regardless of source, should be turned off or powered down when not in immediate use.

Meals/Catering
  • Production staff/crew should bring their own reusable plates and utensils, as well as cloth napkins, no paper/plastic plates or utensils will be provided
  • Drinks will be dispensed via large containers and staff/crew/talent should bring coffee mugs and/or water bottles for drinking; no paper/plastic cups will be provided.
  • On-set catering should come from local restaurants and/or local vendors who use local suppliers (perhaps production location organized in order to make this possible).
  • Food should be biked or walked to set, and production should supply caterer with reusable containers for transporting. Additionally, canvas/cloth bags should be used as opposed to paper/plastic
  • Food waste should be composted when appropriate; uneaten food should be donated to local shelter(s)

Waste Disposal
  • All materials that could be re-used will be (tape re-rolled and used a second/third time, call sheets used as scrap paper, etc.)

Travel Accommodations
  • Camping - implementing Leave No Trace principles http://www.lnt.org
  • Staying with friends
  • Intentional/Artist Communities - visiting unique places on our route that use sustainable practices in their everyday lives.

Post-Production
  • Post-Production office and edit suite will be accessible via all modes of transport.
  • Communication between production staff/crew will be via e-mail and online forums/documents
  • Equipment should be turned off when not in use; monitors can be powered down when computers need to run overnight
  • All accounting/administrative paperwork will be done online; printing will be kept to a minimum
  • Post-Production office/headquarters should have recycling bins available, and staff encouraged to bring their own reusable containers




February 5, 2020

"Landlocked" a Contemporary Dance Performance by Jay Carlon





Jay Carlon will present a new piece, titled “Landlocked,” a collaborative dance piece with the Bangkok City Ballet and DD Flection. In Thailand, this work will be staged on the 8th and 9th of February 7pm to 9pm at Bangkok 1899.

Tickets are now available at Ticketmelon

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