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Participating artists and site:
Sudsiri Puiock at pumpkin plantation
Chakkrit and Pattree Chimnok, Sunisara Buanil and Roongaroon School at rice field, Isan village
(Phu Thai House), ground
Jakraval Nilthamrong at Korat’s house, sunflower and cosmos field

The Jim Thompson Art Center on Farm is the result of a collaboration between the Jim Thompson Art Center and The Jim Thompson Farm Tour. A pilot project was started at the Jim Thompson Farm inviting artists to work in a context related to northeastern agriculture and architecture. The Jim Thompson Farm is situated in Pakthongchai, Korat which is a three hour drive from Bangkok. The farm was originally started as a mulberry farm and sericulture center in 1970s by the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Later, the JT Farm was transformed into green agricultural farming and an experimental hydroponic plantation.

The Jim Thompson Farm today presents a collection of Isan architectural preservation projects which were created when the mulberry farm was transformed into a green agricultural project and plantation. The JACT on FARM project provides a unique opportunity for artists to work in the intersection of art, environment, sericulture, agriculture and architecture within the context of Isan culture. The aim is to bridge the gap between art, life and nature. Artists are encouraged to work with nature, local materials and recycled materials. Their work will be carried out and presented at various plantation sites which have been designated as part of the route of the Jim Thompson annual farm tour.

The farm offers alternative possibilities for artists to express and hone their creativities. The hope is to help create audience awareness about art, environment, nature and ecology. The goal is also to establish wide possibilities for development and knowledge based art projects focusing on strong educational programs. Workshops with artists and educators will be used to activate the imagination and creativity of local and national audiences as part of their life long educational process.

During the Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2009, the pilot project will feature five artists and art projects participating in the Jim Thompson Art Center on Farm. They will work within the context of Jim Thompson production sites at the Farm and the Factory. Most of the artwork will be new and based on research conducted by the artists. The artwork will be site specific and some will be installed in the Isan house on the farm. Workshops will be conducted by artists and educators throughout the farm tour period.

About artists and projects:
Sudsiri Puiock’s pumpkin project is a site specific work at the pumpkin plantation. She will create traditional crafts with fresh pumpkins in their own plots. Sudsiri will work with teachers and volunteers to explore the idea of relationships between human and nature.

Born in 1976 in Chiang Mai Thailand, Sudsiri Pui-ock obtained Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from Chiang Mai University in 1999 and Master Degree Silpakorn University, Bangkok in 2003.

She participated in Artist-in-Residency at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands from 2004-2005, ARCUS Project, Moriya Japan in 2006, Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Israel in 2007. She had six solo exhibitions starting from 2000 to 2009: “Portrait”, “Step Forward, “Fitting”, “Time and Continuation”, “The Street of Two Birds”, and “On the Path of Searching”. She has participated in many group exhibitions such as “Short Film Festival Oberhausen”, Germany, 2009, “7th World Film Festival of Bangkok”, 2009, “Incheon Women Artists Biennial”, Korea, 2009, “Trace of Siamese Smile: Art+Faith+Politics+Love”, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2008. “The Ethics of Encounter”, Bangkok, 2008, “Happy Hours”, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan, 2007. She was one of the five artists to represent Thai Pavilion in 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy, 2009. Sudsiri is currently an artist and art instructor at Naresuan University, Thailand

Chakkrit and Pattree Chimnok at the Isan Village grounds
Chakkrit Chimnok previously worked with traditional materials such as banana leaf and bamboo skins; he created fashionable costumes which sometimes contain aspects of traditional fashion. He investigates traditional wisdom through his art-making which he wishes to share with audience. He will collaborate with Pattree Chimnok, his partner, for this upcoming project at the JT Farm to recycle corn stalks into chairs and furniture. Currently this couple lives and works in Chiangmai.

More Than Art Workshop by Arsom Silp and art teachers from Roong Aroon school at rice field, Isan village, Korat House
Asron Silp is a non-profit art project established in conjunction with Roong Aroon school. The aims is to take a holistic approach to teaching art in order to integrate it with life and nature.

Art teachers from Roong Aroon School will be led by Sunizara Buanil who received her MA, Cultural Managerment from Thammasat University, Bangkok. She is interested in the learning process through art and weaving. She will work with her colleagues from Roongaroon School to show her students’ works on weaving with natural materials and natural dyes. Sunizara will conduct workshops with local students, family and audiences. Currently she lives and works in Bangkok.

Jakraval Nilthamrong at Korat’s house, sunflower and cosmos field
Orchestra, HD Video, stereo, 30 minutes, 2008

A semi-documentary film will represent portraits of seven workers at Jim Thompson factory. The video shows an orchestration of workers as if they were a group of musicians. A loom is to be set as a piano together with seven level notes that create a melody. The video is to show the process of making beautiful products as well as to capture moments of the working people as they enjoy playing their instruments and showing their creativities.

Jakrawal NILTHAMRONG studied filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he discovered the possibilities of making narratives in unconventional way. Jakrawal started experimenting with video and interactive installations. He has exhibited art works in both gallery contexts and film festivals since 2002. His early video “Dripping” (2004) won a price at the 10th Thai Short Film and Video Festival in Bangkok and his thesis film "Patterns of Transcendence" (2006), an experimental narrative about reincarnation of a Hindu God, has been shown in many international venues including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2007). After graduation Jakrawal received the MFA Fellowship 2006 awards from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2007-08, he was selected to participate in the Artist-in-Resident program at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam along with 25 upcoming young artists from around the world. He lives and works in Bangkok.