This conference seeks to engage with art and cultural practitioners and researchers in the Southeast Asian region to deepen understanding and deliberate on methodologies of working in public with people-centred processes. It aims to nurture criticality and investigate processes and structures in a constructive manner ad develop cross-sector collaborations. These panels and workshops will expand on participants’ capabilities in areas such as arts & health, holistic research, and social entrepreneurship.

This is an opportunity to gather in Bangkok, Thailand for an in-depth conversation with participants from various fields including arts, social enterprises and cultural groups, NGOs, theatre groups, students and artists.

This event and activities will inform a forthcoming publication in 2017.

Tentative dates: 15 – 17 October 2016. Opening evening, 14 Oct 2016.

Convenor: Dr. Jay Koh (Doctor of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki), international Forum for InterMedia Art (iFIMA), author of Art-Led Participative Processes

Conference Early Bird Fee: USD 100/3,500 THB (This covers venue, lunch and coffee breaks, and administrative costs.)

Normal Fee (after 15 July 2016): USD 150/ 5,000 THB


Participants who wish to attend should send a short biography of not over 350 words on registration or as early as possible to and choose one of the following roles of participation.

As Discussant. “To live means to participate in dialogue: to ask questions…”.

As Presenter. Please provide a text and context of your presentation, with a description of processes and methodology, not exceeding 900 words. During the conference, your presentation will be limited to 15 mins. You should include discussion of a case study or project, focusing on context, intention, processes or methodology and the learning achieved.

As Respondent. You will be consulted and be assigned to a panel. During the conference, you will respond to one or more of the presentations.

Limited scholarships are available for participants from Southeast Asia. Please apply by 1 July 2016.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACT | A draft is available online

SPEAKERS | A draft is available online

VENUE | Asia Centre, Bangkok

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