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PRACTICE MODELS #3 Joint Imaginaries (Bangkok, Thailand)

Workshop initiated by Apichaya Wanthiang,
co-produced by Judha Su
6th-8th March, from 10-17H, at JAM (Surasuk, Bangkok)

PRACTICE MODELS #3 Joint Imaginaries was a three days workshop, where we explored the topic of ‘counteracting with and for’  towards joint imaginaries, which implies collective actions towards a cause (to think around societal, political structures which are limiting, oppressive and violent in this case in Thailand). Together we proposed topics which were urgent in our work pursuit, these topics were shared / presented and discussed, some of the participants were asked to propose an activity, for us to  perform. It was preferred if the activity would set the condition, environment, activity where theory becomes or relates to practice. We performed the proposed activity, and discuss whether the activity brought new insights in relation to the topic and in relation to the idea of Practice Models. Documentation of this kind of projects are difficult in nature, as there are discursive moments often critical of or antagonistic to surrounding conditions. Which is why I kept this documentation limited, if you would like more info please feel welcome to get in touch through mail.

Workshop participants: Sina Wittayawiroj, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Varis Likitanusorn, sasapin siriwanij, Thepnara Kongsawan, Techit Jiro, Chatsuree Thansup, Pisitakun Kuntalang, Judha Su, Markus Moestue & Apichaya Wanthiang.

Practice Models is a term I’ve coined, after doing research in self-organized artist run (educational) spaces. They are methods/structures/infrastructure for knowledge exchange which emphasizes a cross cultural, cross boundary and transgen(d)erational thinking. They are models which aims to continually shift center(s), or to de-center through alternating the framing of something. Making the frames present through visualization, performing or discussing in order to stimulate a self reflection which is social first.

Judha Su helped put me in touch with local artists,  activists, architects and designers to participate in the three days workshop which happened at JAM. I started with an introduction to the idea of Practice Models, elaborated on the foundations of this term, and looked at prior experiments that happened in Oslo the year before. This was followed by five workshop contributions by some of the participants. Each workshop situation took around three hours, we had dinner together in the evenings to discuss and to get to know each other.