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Enter the New Reality

27 October – 30 October 2016
TCDC, Bangkok

As the world evolves and intermixes, here comes the era of Grand World Mix resulting in the integration of knowledge-sharing and cross-professional collaboration between physical, digital science and creativity. This change is transforming human from the inside not only at the surface level. Nowadays “fast” became “slow” and it is replaced by “immediate”.

Inevitably, Internet becomes the fifth basic need. Yet the key to the heart of consumers is still the insightful consumer-in-mind design for the user-friendly innovation. Meanwhile, we are stepping over the touchscreen to virtual reality. The new wave like startups is prompt to disrupt any conservative industries.

Things are rapidly moving forward. Eventually, the day when Artificial Intelligence (AI) can finally think and work on its own, completely replacing human workforce. All of these affect one another. What will be the consequence of this phenomenon? CU2016 is presenting the key factors of the change in both social and economic context under the topic of “EXIT”. Participants will understand the starting point, the current happening while visualizing the new exit and future possible opportunities.

International Symposium

Let’s explore the exit and endless possibility with world-renowned speakers.

27 – 30 October 2016

Gallery 2, TCDC

29 OCTOBER 2016
Dr. Stefan Wess

CEO of Empolis Information Management GmbH

Dr. Stefan Wess is a researcher, speaker and entrepreneur with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He is a highly recognized technology industry veteran with multinational front-line technology and scientific leadership experience. He was a member of the Attensity Group management board, based in Palo Alto, out of which Empolis Information Management GmbH was spun off as an independent company in 2012. As CEO of Empolis Information Management GmbH, a Germany-based IT company, he is fascinated and excited about how technology transforms our lives, society and ultimately mankind. Stefan has written and published numerous books and articles on Artificial Intelligence. He is one of the internationally sought-after speakers in this area.

Kyle McDonald

Creative Coder

Kyle McDonald is an artist who works in the open with code. He is a contributor to arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, and spends a significant amount of time building tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. His work is commissioned by and shown at exhibitions and festivals around the world, including Ars Electronica, Sonar/OFFF, Eyebeam, Anyang Public Art Project, Cinekid, CLICK Festival, NODE Festival, and FITC. Kyle has formerly been a member of F.A.T. Lab and community manager for openFrameworks, adjunct professor at ITP, and resident at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, YMCA in Japan, as well as Autodesk and Spotify

Yuri Suzuki

Sound Artist,Designer and Electronic Musician

Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician with works that explore the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. His work raises questions of the relation between sound and human and how music and sound affect human mind. Yuri founded Dentaku Co., Ltd. which produces OTOTO, the DIY musical instrument, comprising of a built-in synthesizer and sampler. Apart from OTOTO, his Colour Chasers was acquired to the permanent collection of MOMA New York. He is now teaching at Royal College of Art London and also began the associate position for Disney, New Radiophonic Workshop and Teenage Engineering. Yuri graduated from Royal College of Art, London.

30 OCTOBER 2016
Jussi Ängeslevä

Vice Creative Director of ART+COM studios

Prof. Jussi Ängeslevä is the Vice Creative Director of ART+COM studios in Germany. He also based at Berlin University of the Arts and Royal College of Arts, UK. He is actively involved in the ever expanding field of new media, working with digital materiality and interaction design. His design ethos is leveraging hardware, software, physical and graphic design in the search for elegance in highly specific solutions, where the meaning of a work is inseparable from the medium communicating it. His independent works have been awarded by Royal Society of Arts, NESTA, Art Directors Club of Europe, D&AD, Ars Electronica and ZKM.


Multidisciplinary Design Studio

Catalogtree is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Arnhem, the Netherlands and Berlin, Germany. The studio was founded in 2001 by Daniel Gross and Joris Maltha. Catalogtree specializes in information design. With strong interest in self-organizing system, Catalogtree believes in ‘Form Equals Behaviour’. Experimental tool-making, programming, typography and visualization of quantitative data are parts of their daily routine. Recent endeavours include bin-packing book design, etching chladni patterns and auto-detecting helipads in satellite footage of São Paulo.

Jessica Brillhart

Principal filmmaker for VR, Google

Jessica is the principal filmmaker for VR at Google. In 2009, she joined Google’s Creative Lab where she spearheaded numerous award winning shorts and documentaries before joining the VR team in 2015. Since directing, WORLD TOUR – the first VR film made with the Jump ecosystem – Jessica has continued traveling the world, filming and experimenting, all in an effort to better understand and help inform others about this emergent medium.

Khailee Ng

Managing Partner of 500 Startupsv

Khailee Ng is a managing partner of 500 Startups, Silicon Valley’s most active seed venture capital firm which has made over 1,600 investments in 50 countries including Southeast Asian tech startups, i.e. Grabtaxi, HappyFresh, Carousell, Bukalapak and other regional champions. 500 Startups’ portfolio is over 10 billion US dollars. As an entrepreneur, he founded Groupsmore, an e-commerce site acquired by Groupon and, a media company acquired by Catcha Group. His investment activity and opinion toward the industry are featured by Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal and Fortune.

International Workshop

Get a hands-on experience with international experts.

27 October 2016

Auditorium and Workshop, TCDC

Digital scaffolding
by Jussi Ängeslevä

In the digital era, our everyday life is influenced by technology which goes far beyond mobile interfaces and internet access. In the workshop, participants will sit together and examine the making of example projects from the studio, and expand the way of thinking to everyday challenges. The participants are invited to bring the idea to the table. The insights about where to leverage computational design, iterative prototyping and approaches from different disciplines are introduced. And practical cases will be brought in by the participants will be introduced. Beyond the speculative theorizing, the workshop aims to look at practical ways in which “digital thinking” can be more integrated in a wide variety of creative professions.

Remark: 1. Conducted in English 2. Please bring along your laptop

Mapping masses/Messy mapping
by Catalogtree

In the next 40 years we will build as much urban fabric as we have built in the past 10,000 years of human history. This development is driven by a massive migration of people to the city. Now more than half of the world populations live in the city and this number is growing.

This poses an interesting challenge for graphic design: if at all, how could we map and visualize this development?

It is tempting to think that through the massive amounts of data being collected and stored today, it will be a matter of computing power and clever visualization. However, cities and the residents, are messy to the core. And so is the data collected about them.

In this session, we would like to embrace this as a quality and propose a messy, more subjective and collaborative mapping of the city, and have a closer look at the unintended outcomes and inconsistencies when people observe their surroundings.

Remark: 1. Conducted in English 2. Please bring along your laptop

Panel Discussion

28 OCTOBER 2016

Learning Model
10.30 – 12.00

Auditorium, TCDC

Let’s propose the education model for capacity development of Thai designer.

For design education, classroom learning alone is not sufficient to unlock the potential of a new generation of designers. Moreover, the education system does not provide an enabling environment that is conducive to curriculum improvement in order to keep pace with the always-changing world at a time when different disciplines are integrated. Designers’ role and thinking must stay abreast of the novelties. Join us in proposing a new platform to develop the potential of Thai designers so they can meet the demands of the changing world.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Rachaporn Choochuey

Asst. Prof. Dr. Rachaporn Choochuey works as an architect and the Design Director of all(zone) Co., Ltd whose works span from architectural design, exhibition, event and environmental design in various forms. She also teaches full time at the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University. She writes for a number of design magazines including A+U, Domus, and Hunch, and has been invited as consultant and committee for many architectural institutions. She graduated from Columbia University and the University of Tokyo.

Jarupatcha Achavasmit

Professor of Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, and Founder of Ausara Surface

Jarupatcha Achavasmit is a professor of faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang who has passion in weaving. She founds Ausara Surface to create advance technology woven metal. Besides, she uses art therapy methods to help empowering and healing substance use disorder patience at 3 provinces in Southern border. With her passion and perseverance for textiles, she receives Thailand Designer of the Year (Textiles) from Design Excellence Award (DEmark).

Pornthep Chatpinyakoop

Professor of school of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)

Pornthep Chatpinyakoop, former director of Knowledge Exchange Center (KX), former Head of Industrial Design Program and the director of Research and Design Services Center (REDEK) at school of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), has more than fifteen years’ experience in teaching industrial design and extensive research in human-centered design as well as the relationship between products, culture and society.

He has been regularly invited to speak at many design conferences and give special lectures at leading universities, both in Thailand and abroad.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Takerng Pattanopas

Visual Art Artist and Co-Founder of CommDe, Chulalongkorn University

Asst. Prof. Dr. Takerng Pattanopas is a visual art artist and co-founder of CommDe, an international program of the department of Industrial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Chalalongkorn University. His contemporary arts are exhibited in Europe and America and written articles in several contemporary art magazines such as Frieze, Art in America, Flash Art and Art Asia Pacific. He graduated from University of Wales Institute and University of Gloucesershire, UK.

Creative District
13.30 – 15.30

Gallery 2, TCDC

Let’s explore the possibility in development and creation of power to the creative district supporting economic development and bettering life quality.

When value is added to a neighborhood, it brings about economic development, which enhances the quality of life of the community. In the age when different sciences are integrated, experts of various fields can collaborate; this means any stakeholder can take part in an effort to develop their district. Join us in sharing your visions with a group of people who have successfully pushed for a creative district. Learn from their experience to develop the country creatively, starting from your neighborhood.

Duangrit Bunnag

Duangrit Bunnag is a renowned award-winning architect. He has contributed his professional years to serve the Thai architectural community. Recently, he relocated his firm to Khong San and built The Jam Factory, one of the most successful art and design communities in Thailand. Duangrit also served as a member of The Creative District Foundation. He graduated with a bachelor in Architecture from Chulalongkorn University and continued his study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Zcongklod Bangyikhan

Editor-in-chief of a day magazine

Zcongklod is the editor-in-chief of a day magazine and the author of countless publications. Over 10 years, he has been leading a day magazine with a distinctive perspective and creating controversial contents among Thai readers. His bicycles magazine content is extended to a TV program and a magazine “Human Ride” and the very first bicycle festival in Thailand and the second biggest bicycle festival in asia “a day Bike Fest”. Zcongklod holds a bachelor and a master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University.

Narongchai Khunpluem

Mayor of Saensuk Municipality, Chonburi

Narongchai Khunpluem, Mayor of Chonburi Province’s Saensuk Municipality, is all about Bang Saen tourism. His most recent initiative is to clean up Bang Saen beach and clear up space for tourists to relax and enjoy themselves. Narongchai received a prestigious provincial award, Khon Dee Sri Muang Chon, in the category of Local Management in 2013. He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University, and furthered his study in hotel management and language at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Inthaphan Buakeow

Manager of TCDC Chiang Mai

Inthaphan is the manager of TCDC Chiang Mai which aims to promote design and design thinking to modernize local culture, craftsmanship and creativity; additionally, to support and enhance capabilities and network of creative business in Chiang Mai. His past experience was mainly on policy development for real sector. He held a degree in Finance with a career in public sector before joining Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) in 2008.