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“All this technology is making people anti-social”

Saw this and really had to share it! Our need to absorb information, see what’s going on around seems like it has been going on through generation after generation. Nowadays, everyone is always on their devices – clicking, liking, sharing, commenting, viewing, etc. Maybe it’s ingrained in us, and the evolution of technology only accelerates and fuels this need for knowing, communicating, inspecting, comparing, expressing.

We are so involved in our own little world, one where we view others by what is written, what is sent, what is portrayed – that we forget to sometimes lift up our heads and see who is sitting next to us. I’ve learnt its good to look up and speak to the person who is physically present at that moment in time with you. I know everyone knows this, but lets put our thoughts into action, shall we?

What do people think an art gallery REALLY is for?

I have been getting quite strange requests and questions since the past year. People have asked to rent out the gallery space for random occasions, sometimes for fashion events which is totally cool, beauty expo, hang-out sesh, etc. The strangest have been the two below:

RandomWomanWhoWantsAFancyDinner: “Hello… referred me to you for a possible art gallery where I can host a dinner. I want to cook the dinner at the place and serve about 15 of our friends.”

The gallery I’m at does not have a kitchen, only a pantry. Which I thought applied to all galleries, but now I am doubting myself. Is it not enough that most visitors only come in during the openings to hog on free food and beer? Screw it. I’m going to turn this gallery into a restaurant. Might as well drop all pretenses!

SmartNewBusinessIdeaforArtsyWedding!: “I was just wondering if the gallery is open for rentals. I’d like to do the wedding reception dinner with just a handful of friends and your space is quite perfect for what I have in mind. It’s going to be just a dinner party, nothing crazy. Would you kindly let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.”

A reception in an art gallery!? Whoa. That is passionate. Please come in, hopefully you would like to buy some works to remind you how beautiful your wedding reception was, and will always be. I would great appreciate it. 

It’s dinner time >>>  

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Bangkok protests – an update from the streets of Sukhumvit

Okay, so I am quite horrible at keeping a blog active. But in my defense… well, there’s so much going on and no time. Once I start writing, it’s hard to stop. But today I will get to the point. 

 

In Bangkok with the protests, there are many things going on. Monday was an off day for most, as the main districts and junctions were overflowing with people and the whistlers. However, there was no violence and since I’m not involved in the political scene here, life is just a bit boring. Due to the protests, I could not go to work and had to stay indoors. Today as well, I am to be at work for only 2 hours because there is no point. At an art gallery, it’s important to have visitors come in and with the protests, that’s not really happening. Which gives me time to focus on my independent projects. More on that front later. 

Although the protests have also impacted on the currency (USD is now 32.8 THB! From 30!), many Thais believe that this short-term ‘inconvenience’ will benefit the long-term growth for Thailand. Which I agree with. A country such as Thailand needs to become more stable as it is becoming more cosmopolitan and a hub for Southeast Asia year after year. Corruption is a concerning issue, and it is good to see that the public is aware and ready to take action. However, there is a line between violent and non-violent means. Hopefully the government is willing to change for the good of the public so that the country can move forward peacefully. 

Since today is my day off – well, it will be in 30-45 minutes, it would be good to spend some personal time with myself and the boyfriend. Time for some cooking, some movie, some home-time. Time to relax! 

Ramblings, Reflections, Reviews.