Archive for January, 2012
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City planning and land use in Phnom Penh: looking back from “now”
7 Street 360/ Norodom Bd, Beung Keng Kang I,
Wednesday, 1st of February 2012 at 6 pm
Thomas Kolnberger, born in Salzburg, Austria, is PhD-candidate in Historical Geography at the University of Luxembourg (Laboratoire d’histoire) and Passau (Southeast Asian Studies, Germany). His lecture will highlight the on-going production of spatial relations between "planning from above" and "from below" as grass-rooted urban planning by looking back from Phnom Penh's "now" (after the fall of the Khmer Rouge-regime) to "then" (colonial times).
Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh
Pascale Hancart Petitet, Emiko Stock, Léo Mariani, Gabriel Fauveaud
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Subject: Opening Friday 27 January 6-8pm | The Halo of The Omnipresent Eye by Than Sok
SA SA BASSAC is pleased to announce the opening of The Halo of the Omnipresent Eye by Than
Sok, a solo exhibition presenting interactive sculpture and installation
through which the artist seeks to provoke questions around the practice of
monetary almsgiving in Cambodia while playfully drawing connections between the
roles of monastics and artists.
In Cambodia, where Buddhism co-exists
alongside pre-Buddhist animism and Brahman practices, both monks and artists have
long occupied a unique position in the transmission of Khmer culture and
values; monastic discipline has provided a living model of the most meritorious
Buddhist behavior, while artistic practice has been regarded as visionary and
with spiritual associations.
Although some monks commit to permanent vows,
monkhood in Cambodia is traditionally considered a right of passage in which young
males are expected to serve temporary terms intended as merit-building
activities for parents. Due in part to a shift in almsgiving practices in which
laity replace food with cash offerings – a practice antagonistic to precepts
meant to prevent monks from indulgences including the handling of money – many
young men can now consider monkhood as an opportunity to escape poverty,
relocate to urban centers, participate in secular education, and are seen as
participating in laic life before disrobing. Still, alms remain a central
practice and symbol of the sangha, or
Buddhist community, and provide the opportunity for givers to earn merit for a
Than Sok deliberated the monkhood-for-opportunity
model, and served three months as a novice assistant, during which time he was
offered what he considered a more favorable opportunity: to become an artist
through the offering of the Reyum Art School in Phnom Penh. Since graduating in
2005, his artistic practice has investigated the materials and rituals of
spiritual practices in his country.
The Halo of
the Omnipresent Eye stages the artist’s own alms scenarios in the gallery.
To Give Is To Receive I and II (2012) reconfigure materials and
forms used in exchanges between monks and laity. The pair of alms stations are
presided over by representational halos associated with divine knowing – a
reminder that intention, the source of good or bad action, which is invisible,
is “visible” via its karmic effect.
To Give Is
To Receive I concentrates on alms made to the temple. A colorful LED
moiré light glows in the eastward direction onto a field of humble sand mounds
– forms representing Mount Meru, the mythical axis of the Hindu world – which
are built outside temples during major Khmer ceremonies. Money and other
paraphernalia are slid into the sand mountain for which the person is released
from sins and can request prayers answered. To
Give Is To Receive II focuses on alms made to the individual monk. Suspended
from the ceiling, a sole light bulb hangs in the center of bamboo hoop; its
“rays” are made from the bright red cotton string, which monks tie to the
wrists of laity as a general blessing, and connect to a ring of eight bat lok, or alms bowls. Playfully, the
artist asks viewers to perform almsgiving, for which they will, by level of
intention and belief, receive merit from supporting the artist.
Than Sok (born 1984, Takeo) investigates
religious and spiritual beliefs, materials, and rituals through sculpture,
installation, video and performance. Than graduated
from Reyum Art School (2005), Reyum Workshop (2007) and is currently studying
architecture. Select exhibitions include
Tragedy, Bophana, Phnom Penh (2009), Forever Until Now, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong (2009) and Video: An Art, A History, Singapore Art
Museum (2011). Than was a resident at Tokyo Wonder Site
(2005) and S-AIR, Sapporo (2011). His work is collected by the Singapore Art
About SA SA BASSAC
SA SA BASSAC is a
gallery and resource center dedicated to creating, facilitating, producing, and
sharing contemporary visual culture in and from Cambodia
Exhibition: The Halo of the
Omnipresent Eye by Than Sok
Opening: Friday 27 January, 6:00-8:00PM
Dates: 27 January – 26 February, 2012
Opening Hours: Thurs/Fri 2-6pm, Sat/Sun
10am-6pm + by appointment
Location: SA SA BASSAC #18 2nd Floor,
Contact: Erin Gleeson, Director, +855(0)12507917
REMINDER: Phnom Penh Mapping Meetup
This is a chance to discuss topics such as cartography, GIS, distributed spatial computing, scripting and programming for GIS, spatial databases, location based services, remote sensing, GPS, surveying, navigation, crowdsourced data collection etc. Feel free to come along if you want to find out more about what maps can do for your organisation or cause.
Location: The Empire
Address: #34, St 130
Time: 5:30pm onward
Date: Wednesday 25th January
Theme: beer GIS
Please pass on to anyone you think might be interested.
Hope to see you there!