Rattanakosin offers refuge to artists

Projection mapping on Museum Siam.

Museum Siam has turned its historical quarters into a hub of creative art during "Cultural District 2021: The Rattanakosin Island Open House Art Festival", which is running throughout October.

Held under the theme "Storied Structure: Architectural Awe Of Old Town Bangkok", the festival invites everyone to enter the world of art combined with technology and enjoy the history of Rattanakosin Island through many activities.

The main exhibition, "Civilised Siam Through Collodion", runs daily from 10am to 6pm. Presented by Red Light Lab Studio, a vintage photography studio, it portrays the ancient buildings of Rattanakosin Island on glass plates, a photographic process of the analogue era.

Highlights of the art festival will take place from Oct 15-17. They include "People In Pak Klong Talad", a photo exhibition by Nui Sasamon, a young female street art photographer from the group of students who initiated the Facebook page Humans Of Flower Market; and flower arrangement workshops on three different themes by experts from Flower Land and Dokmaai.com, daily at 2pm and 3.30pm.

A group of 50 new generation artists will join hands to present an animation showcase while the Faculty of Digital Art, Rangsit University, and T'la Frame studio will conduct a series of workshops on how to create optical illusion images.

A glass plate photo. (Photos courtesy of Museum Siam)

On all three evenings from 7-9pm, learn about the beauty and history of cultural heritage through projection mapping, which will be presented on the facade of Museum Siam building. Also, 27 June Studio will feature interactive and real-time generative graphics to encourage visitors to create artwork together.

For those wishing to learn more about the architecture of Rattanakosin Island from the comfort of their homes, there are a series of online seminars presented via the Facebook page Cultural District Bangkok.

Topics include "Indulging In Old Times Through Renovated Hotels In Bangkok" by Weera-ath Chin-issariyayot from Inn A Day and Surin Panyatpiyapot of Kacha Bed; "Looking Back At Siam Through Collodion Photography" by Tuppawut Parinyapariwat from Red Light Lab Studio; and "Strolling Through The Town, Reading Social History Through Architecture Heritage" by Dr Kriangkrai Kerdsiri from the Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University.

There is no admission fee. Visit facebook.com/CulturalDistrictBangkok or call 02-225-2777.

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