Japan Foundation Bangkok

The Breathing of Maps


The Japan Foundation Asia Center together with MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum and Jim Thompson Art Center will present “The Breathing of Maps,” a series of events based on Thongchai Winichakul, a Thai historian, term of “geo-body”. The project had been held in Yamaguchi, Tokyo, and finally will be coming to Chiang Mai and Bangkok as its final destination. This project examines the social transformations occurring in the layers of time that lie between maps as it explores the “living geo-bodies” shaped by the ongoing accumulation of human activity.


The program will include lecture and lecture performance by artists and researchers from Southeast Asia and Japan based on their own unique research into the history, culture, politics, economics, folkways, and other social phenomena of their respective countries.


Chiang Mai

Date: January 25 – 30, 2020
Venue: MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum
The Wandering Moon Theatre & Depsiri Gallery
Free Admission



Date: February 1, 2020
Venue: Ayara Hall, Jim Thomson House
Free Admission


Events Schedule

The Breathing of Maps


Saturday, 25 January at MAIIAM

13.00- [Special tour]
San Kamphaeng 101 : special temple, food, craft & studio tour
by Gridthiya Gaweewong
*** Reservation is needed. Please see detail in the link. ***
19.00- [Lecture performance]
An Imperial Sake Cup & I
by Charnvit Kasetsiri
Directed by Ka-ge Teerawat Mulvilai, Nonthawat Numbenchaphol & Anan Krudphet


Sunday, 26 January at MAIIAM

Moderated by Sing Suwannakij
14.00- [Talk]
Map, Mourning and Monument
by Thanavi Chotpradit
15.00- [Talk]
The 1903 World’s Native Building and Exposition
by Masashi Kohara


Monday, 27 January at MAIIAM

19.00- [Lecture performance]
Name Laundering
by Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina


Tuesday, 28 January at The Wandering Moon Theatre & Depsiri Gallery

18.00- [Talk]
Stranger Encounters: Between Ayutthaya and Awamori
by Yudai Kamisato
20.00- [Lecture performance]
Shadow World
by Monthatip Suksopha


Wednesday, 29 January at MAIIAM

19.00- Lecture performance]
Asia the Unmiraculous
by Ho Rui An


Thursday, 30 January at MAIIAM

19.00- [Lecture]
The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia
by Ho Tzu Nyen


Saturday, 1 February at Ayara Hall, Jim Thompson House

14.00- [Symposium]
Between Geo-Bodies and the Unforgetting
by Thongchai Winichakul, Irwan Ahmett, Tita Salina, Kumiko Idaka, Mark Teh


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