Archive for January, 2011

Presentation @ Manolis House on Saturday

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

> Dear friends of architecture,
> We are glad to invite you on *Saturday, 22nd of January 2011 *at* 5
> pm* to *Manolis House* for the presentation of
> 2 projects by Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT):
> *Young Professionals *
> *Working with Communities*
> Sahmakum Teang Tnaut is a Cambodian urban NGO. As part of its Youth
> Project, STT in 2010 conducted two projects linking young
> professionals with urban poor communities. In one of the projects,
> architecture students took the lead in in mapping and surveying
> communities under threat of eviction in Stung Meanchey. In the second
> project, a youth group developed an upgrade plan for Sen Rikrieay
> relocation site, as well as worked with the community to conduct some
> upgrades. Please join us for a presentation about the projects by the
> young professionals taking part!
> Please see the attached invitation!
> See you there.
> Stefanie IRMER

Bioregionalism in Practice – HSHH

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Dear all,

The HSHH team wish to all of you a very happy, peaceful and fruitful new
year 2011 !!!


Hope to see you soon to our up coming Human Science Happy Hours

* Janurary 2011, Wednesday 12th, at 6 pm *

“Animism in Cambodia: Bioregionalism in Practice

The indigenous or “highlander” people of Northeast Cambodia have
traditionally been animistic ecosystem-based cultures whose way of life is a
perfect manifestation of what is called “bioregionalism” in environmental
studies. Extensive knowledge of local ecology, ability (and strong desire)
to live autonomously and sustainably, and a keen awareness of “spirit
places” –these are some of the defining features of bioregionalism and the
Brao, Tampuan, Bunong and other highlander groups of Ratanakiri and
Mondulkiri provinces have copious amounts of all three. During one month of
homestays, interviews and treks to “sacred” forests, mountains, and lakes
with different indigenous guides and families a picture emerged that will be
of interest to bioregionalism and environmental studies scholars. In an
ecological milieu haunted by malevolent spirits, the highlander people of
Northeast Cambodia have lived in relative symbiosis with nature, that is,
until the arrival of large numbers of economic migrants, agricultural
plantations and foreign companies looking to cash in on untapped resources.
These outsiders, often with the collusion of government officials, are
threatening to extinguish the unique animist cultures that have thrived
(despite repeated disruptions and turmoil) for centuries. This paper seeks
to examine these issues from a bioregional perspective, emphasizing that the
highlander cultures of this region are a great source of knowledge for
living dynamic and sustainable lives in one’s own eco-region.

*Gregory McCann*

*PhD student, Tamkang University in Taipei,

*6pm – ** **Baitong Restaurant* *(7 Street 360/ Norodom Bd, Beung Keng Kang
Human Sciences Happy Hours in Phnom Penh

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Coordinating team:
Emiko Stock, Pascale Hancart Petitet, Gabriel Fauveaud


Thursday, January 6th, 2011


Happy New Year! Come to the openings of these exciting new exhibiitons, meet the artists and discover their latest work!

• Stolen Narratives by Chath Piersath at the Main Gallery (1st fl)
• Know-it-All by William Graef at the Lounge Gallery (ground fl)

Opening 6 – 9pm Thursday, January 6, 2010
Showing January 6 – 30, 2011
Java Café & Gallery
56 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stolen Narratives
Chath PierSath (Cambodia)

Chath PierSath is not a painter in the classical sense. He doesn’t use painting in order to represent a given subject, narrative, or concept. The very act of painting and drawing is in fact the central function of his work. The main focus of his production is not what the paintings are about, but solely his own obsessive search for images, with which he aims to reconstruct a past that was violently erased from his personal life. He paints erasure.

Garment Work: Tonite @ Meta-House from 6PM

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Dear Friends of Meta House!

No other country depends on its garment industry as much as Cambodia.  From humble origins in the early 1990s, the sector is now a major pillar of the country’s post-war economy.

In 2007, garment factories employed more than 350,000 workers and generated exports worth around US$2.7 billion – most of which went to well known brands in the US and EU. However, amid the global economic downturn, demand for the country’s garments slumped, forcing the closure of around 70 factories and the loss of more than 70,000 jobs.  For many thousands more, work suspensions and reduced overtime left them struggling to cover basic living costs.

Tonite, Thursday, from 6PM,

Meta House pleased to invite you to the Phnom Penh opening of  Anne Elizabeth Moore’s installatiopn “Garment Work”
(invitation attached),

followed by the screening of new documentaries (7.30PM)
about Cambodia’s Garment Sector
(incl. the recent production

More infos below,
best regards,
your Meta House team